Review for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Age 35-54
  • Female
  • 150 lbs
  • Bulverde, tx
  • Injury Status Recovering
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months
  • Repeat injury? Yes
  • Runner No
  • Doctor/Care Giver Michael Mann

Treatment Ratings

    Almost Cured
    Supportive Shoes, Other
    Orthotics, Stretching
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs, Rest, Taping

This condition came on gradually for me. At first it was just a little pain every now and then but eventually became severe and unbearable. I had a hard time walking out to my car, much less all the festivals and events my daughter performed at. I finally went a podiatrist who suggested taping and wearing orthotics and taking NSAIDS for several months. No improvement at all. All I got from it was a messed up stomach and a big doctor bill, I would say that the orthotics is what gave me the most relief, but it wasn't really that much. I finally went back to my General Practitioner, it was him that gave me to most effective thing which was a series of stretches to perform, they helped but not to the degree I that the pain was gone. It was those stretches though that got me thinking. I remember some shoes that were very popular when I was younger "Earth" Shoes that had a negative heel, and I realized these would put my foot in the position of basically stretching as I walked. After about 2 months of wearing those shoes everywhere I was not longer in pain when I walked. After about 4 months I was able to wear other types of shoes without pain. I have found that shoes with heals will cause me pain if I wear them for to long. Including Tennis shoes that have an elevated heal. I have gotten rid of all tennis shoes with to much of a raised head or to rigid of a sole. They tend to make me walk more with my toe first. The flatter shoe make it easier to walk more 'heal to toe' rolling through the stride which is a more natural gate and allows the foot and tendons to stretch naturally when walking. I wear foot bed shoes like Birkenstocks or naturalista, or betula around at the house because they are more flat and give support. It was the stretches, and negative heal shoes that finally gave me the most relief. For the most part I don't feel pain anymore so long as I'm careful what shoes I wear. If I do feel pain I can generally make sure I'm walking correctly, (Heal to toe with a good full rolling motion) and the pain will go away. Seems like a good part of the problem for me anyway is that the shoes I was wearing didn't promote a proper gate. I would never say "cured" because it will recur if I'm not careful, but I will say that for the most part I have it under control

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