Review for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Age 55+
  • Female
  • 195 lbs
  • WI
  • Injury Status In Pain
  • Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
  • Chronicity 2 - 3 Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Runner No

Treatment Ratings

    Orthotics, Supportive Shoes, Stretching
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Ice, Rest

I have suffered from plantar faciitis for over 6 months. While trying to lose weight and get active I walked a lot this summer (4+miles a day) From the first steps in the morning, to bedtime it was arch pain. I would start out hobbling on my walk and then it would level off only to come back with a vengeance at the end of my walk. I would ice it by rolling a frozen water bottle under my arch after long walks. I took NSAIDS, stretched, wore arch supports, and had orthopedic sandals and slippers and never went barefoot. After getting a knee injury and having to take time off from walking, I thought the foot pain would have a chance to heal over the 6-8 weeks I rested. But unfortunately, as soon as I am up and around, the arch and heel pain is still there! I finally went to a podiatrist, but his suggestions were basically the same things I had been trying. He suggested a cortisone shot that day, but I was already scheduled for a cortisone shot in the knee and didn't want it. Luckily I didn't because I had an adverse reaction to the cortisone (rapid heart rate, severe headache with double vision for days, chest pains, and high blood pressure) After further testing I have been found to be intolerant of the steroid. So that leaves that out for a future treatment for my plantar faccitis. Hoping that the better firmer arch supports and continued stretches and continue to lose weight, that I will eventually improve. Fingers crossed!

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