- Age 55+
- 171 lbs
- Injury Status In Pain
- Physical activity per week 4-8 hours
- Chronicity 18+ Months
- Repeat injury? Yes
- Runner No
- Doctor/Care Giver Podiatris & Sports Physio
I chose 'Almost Cured' because what I mean is: If I do all these things I get a massive improvement.
But I still have never got to the point where I can power walk for an hour like I used to, or go for a bush walk, or spend much time in shops.
The strapping gave great relief while it was on, in fact, it felt like a cure. I was so happy and pain free and could walk at my normal fast pace aain. Unfortunately was not a cure. But it showed the physio & pod what that my foot needed to be pulled over in a certain direction.
I developed an allergy to the tape - very bad allergy and they did not diagnose/realise I was developing allergy at the first sigs. ie: when I got redness, itchiness. So now I can't use band aids anywhere on my body.
After going through all the 'services' - ie: visits to the pod, physio, analgous blood shots, prescribed orthotics - I kept the problem away by doing all this at home : I continued with all the stretching and strengthening, continued with the FS6 and sometimes the strassburg sock. Iced my feet at work as soon as finished before leaving and going home.
Doing all this kept the pain away.
When I slacked off and stopped stretches and strengthening and icing straight after work, the problem slowly returned.
My physio & pod say I have very tight calf muscles. I know myself that I get a lot of relief from daily stretching/strengthening. (I ride a bike a lot)
I can do my job which is 6 hours a day on your feet and a bit of sitting.
Add this to my list of useful things - The FS6 pull on support band is great in conjunction with doing all the above things.
I also had two lots of cortisone shots approx. 1 year apart. They only lasted 3 months.
I recommend that GP's take people VERY SERIOUSLY when they first complain of PF symptoms and get their patient onto some help ASAP. My GP was useless useless useless and therefore I developed a chronic condition and nearly lost my job.
I recommend seeing both a sports physio & Pod who specialise in PF.
Thankyou for investigating PF for the health and well being of so many people.