Review for Plantar Fasciitis

  • Age 35-54
  • Female
  • 150 lbs
  • Buena Park, CA
  • Injury Status Cured
  • Physical activity per week 8+ hours
  • Chronicity 4 - 6 Months
  • Repeat injury? No
  • Runner No

Treatment Ratings

    Surgery, Rest
    Not Improved
    NSAIDs - Anti Inflammatory drugs
    Physical Therapy, Orthotics, Ice, Cortisone Injection, Supportive Shoes, Stretching

I began having pain in both heels at 34 years old and was moderately active with no injury to my feet. My HMO sent me to a general practitioner who examined my feet, took xrays and found heel spurs on both heels caused by the dynamic of my arches flattening and the fascia separating from the heel bone. This causes extra bone to grow at the point of attachment with the fascia. He diagnosed plantar fasciitus and started a course of cortisone injections (very painful). No relief after 3 months. I was also prescribed $250 worth of custom orthotics which were so painful the only way they helped was when I removed them. I was a tech illustrator and worked at a desk which allowed me to work a full day with only moderate discomfort, but as soon as I was home and walking, doing chores, the pain was escalated to it's most intense. Supportive shoes, PT, ice treatments, stretching, only increased my pain. I hated getting up in the morning because the pain was the most extreme at that time of day. After more than a year of no relief, I went to a podiatrist on my own buck, as the HMO would not pay for a specialist. One week after my initial consultation and xrays, the fascia ruptured and broke from one heel. I couldn't even put any weight on it at all and surgery was scheduled. That's where I learned that hospitals discount your fees if you pay in cash, as they can skip the hassel of the insurance company. So I had affordable surgery to remove the bone spur and reattach the fascia. I was in a leg cast for 6 weeks, (in a wheelchair for 3 - then in a walking cast the remaining 3 weeks) and healed up beautifully. The best thing was the "off my feet" rest that cured the other heel! So SURGERY cured my left heel and the forced REST cured the other. Lesson learned: Go to a podiatrist who performs surgery! Don't allow your insurance company to dissuade you and send you to your primary care physician. And if you want the fastest, least expensive and successful treatment, REST your feet. Use a wheelchair. Do NOT WALK at all. Surgery is discouraged by the doctors unless the fascia has torn (ruptured). Rest is a tough prescription, but the other treatments only prolong the agony and waste your money. My observance of WHY plantar fasciitus occurs: Any reason why your arches should begin to fall is non-significant. But be assured, they eventually stop falling and if you can endure the pain until they do, my suggested treatments are rest and surgery. Take a load off your plantar fascia! I'm now 62 and never had a re-occurance, even when I started a long-distance walking program.

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