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Plantar fasciitis

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Plantar fasciitis

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Postby redsturgeon » February 25th, 2021, 11:21 am

I seem to have developed plantar fasciitis. I walk a lot most days and I think I brought this on by doing a lot of walking on holiday last year in Amsterdam on hard pavements with shoes with little cushioning.

I still walk at least 3 or 4 miles a day with the dog but it can be painful on my heel and my normal walking shoes have a reasonable amount of cushioning but I am thinking of buying something with more cushioning to ease things more.

Has anyone here had experience of this and did anything help to ease the problem, eg. shoes or exercises?

John

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby Urbandreamer » February 25th, 2021, 12:01 pm

I never suffered from that diagnosis, but I did suffer very similar simptoms.

I spend/spent a lot of time in protective footware provided by where I work. About a month after a recent change of shoe I was in serious pain. I didn't associate it with the shoe's until my Dr recomended orthotic insoles.

Within a week or two of fitting them I was no longer in pain. Indeed I now don't need the inserts, not having to ware those shoes. So try the inserts for a quick fix.

I have also heared that walking or running barefoot can significantly help. Just take it very easy at the start.
Possibly something for a longer term solution. If you don't like the idea of barefeet then there are minimalist shoes.

Ps, sorry for your pain.

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby mike » February 25th, 2021, 12:11 pm

redsturgeon wrote:I seem to have developed plantar fasciitis. I walk a lot most days and I think I brought this on by doing a lot of walking on holiday last year in Amsterdam on hard pavements with shoes with little cushioning.

I still walk at least 3 or 4 miles a day with the dog but it can be painful on my heel and my normal walking shoes have a reasonable amount of cushioning but I am thinking of buying something with more cushioning to ease things more.

Has anyone here had experience of this and did anything help to ease the problem, eg. shoes or exercises?

John


I had this problem many years ago after walking 25-35km per day with rucksack on varied terrain, both soft underfoot and road walking, wearing Brasher lightweight boots with their standard insole. This insole had collapsed under the use.

I solved it by using the Sorbothane Pro insole, and have not had any further problems at all over many years. There are many makes of specialised insoles available, Superfeet being (or were) the market leaders. I made the choice of Sorbothane about 15 years ago, so I cannot remember why I chose the Sorbothane over others. I just know it works for me.

Remove the insoles overnight to allow the boots to breathe.

I have no connection with this company other than as a customer

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby bungeejumper » February 25th, 2021, 1:44 pm

Another vote for insoles which fit into the heel of your shoes, or the instep, or both. I had a bout of plantar fasciitis about six years ago, and they made a huge difference. And so comfortable that I've kept them in my walking boots even though the problem is long since gone. :)

There are different types (hard and soft, and supporting in different places), and unless you've had some expert advice you'll be trial-and-erroring @ £20 a time. But I believe there are some excellent online guides to self-diagnosis. Here's one: https://www.feetfeet.co.uk/blogs/heel-p ... is-insoles.

I tried a few and finished up with this hard-style one from boots https://www.boots.com/boots-pharmaceuti ... --10231678. [Edit: Or was it this one? https://www.boots.com/boots-heel-pain-r ... m-10146907 . Not sure now!]

Plantar fasciitis is often the result of the tendons shortening in both the feet and the calves - it comes naturally with advancing years, unfortunately. There are those who say that you should stretch your tendons by standing tiptoe on the very edge of a stair for as long as you can stand it, but I'm not at all convinced. Good luck with it, anyway.

BJ
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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby kyu66 » February 25th, 2021, 1:45 pm

redsturgeon wrote:Has anyone here had experience of this and did anything help to ease the problem, eg. shoes or exercises?

John

My other half (a runner) and father (non-runner) have both suffered with this in the past. The remedy was not to go down the 'cover-up' the issue route with insoles, new shoes etc but with regular fascial release exercises using a golf ball or other hard ball.

This video was the first hit on a web search, there are many others but it is a simple exercise to perform.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X_37LzG5Rs

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby Snorvey » February 25th, 2021, 2:03 pm

I dont know if I have Plantar Fascitis, but it sounds like I do sometimes.

Anyway, a few years ago I was given one of those electric Shiatsu back and shoulder massager (bit like this)

https://www.amazon.co.uk/IMMEK-Massager ... 5527505487

...and I found I could use it on my calves (lying down on the floor) and the underside of my feet too if I stuck my foot in at a bit of an angle and moved it around the massager. Bliss. And the relief lasts for at least a couple of weeks, often longer.

I'm sure there will be foot specific ones out there too

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby Nimrod103 » February 25th, 2021, 6:04 pm

My older brother and myself have both suffered from this. AIUI the big give away symptom of Plantar fasciitis is when you get out of bed in the morning, and first put your feet on the floor, it is painful. During the day it becomes less painful.

They say various exercises are useful, such as rolling your instep over a ball or roller. My brother had to have steroid injections into his feet which was very painful.

Edit to add, I found wedged heel inserts the most comfortable thing.

I don't think the cause is really understood. The big mystery in my case was that having suffered with it for 2-3 years, just in my left foot, it suddenly went at exactly the time I had a blood clot in my left calf. I could not help but believe the two things were related, and that somehow perhaps a minor clot in my foot had migrated upwards. Who knows? You won't find doctors very interested in that sort of speculation, as it doesn't follow the diagnostic stuff they see on the computer screens in front of them.

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby AsleepInYorkshire » February 25th, 2021, 7:14 pm

redsturgeon wrote:I seem to have developed plantar fasciitis. I walk a lot most days and I think I brought this on by doing a lot of walking on holiday last year in Amsterdam on hard pavements with shoes with little cushioning.

I still walk at least 3 or 4 miles a day with the dog but it can be painful on my heel and my normal walking shoes have a reasonable amount of cushioning but I am thinking of buying something with more cushioning to ease things more.

Has anyone here had experience of this and did anything help to ease the problem, eg. shoes or exercises?

John

My good lady has it. Having said that I've always said she walks really funny like :lol:

She buys wide fitting shoes for her bunion but I think the PF is dealt with through just getting on with it. If I recall correctly don't take Ibuprofen for it. I suspect the wide fitting shoes do help though. She works in a library so wears flat shoes to get through the day. But I think it's wide, low, well cushioned shoes and a stiff upper lip with no Ibuprofen.

AiY

Try this page too
Common causes of plantar fasciitis
Plantar fasciitis is caused by straining the part of your foot that connects your heel bone to your toes (plantar fascia).

It's not always clear why this happens.

You may be more likely to get plantar fasciitis if you:

recently started exercising on hard surfaces
exercise with a tight calf or heel
overstretch the sole of your foot during exercise
recently started doing a lot more walking, running or standing up
wear shoes with poor cushioning or support
are very overweight

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby kempiejon » February 25th, 2021, 7:51 pm

My chum, who developed it when he went from sitting about eating pie and cake to train for a half marathons. used the rolling of his foot on a golf ball or tin can for relief but not cure. He had his gait analysed they filmed him on a treadmill and corrected by a sports physio, the other advice was narrow/smaller shoes. I have no idea if he used to have massive clown shoes for running but these changes cured him and it went never to return and he trained much more furiously to much longer distance. His gait results showed he rolled his foot in or out too much I forget which and changing that fixed the problem.

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby anniesdad » March 14th, 2021, 8:25 am

I believe it is a shortening (healing process) of the Achilles’ tendon. Aka Runners heel. The tendon goes over the heel and attaches to the foot. Maybe you notice the heel sore to stand on especially after getting out of bed or sitting down for some time..

Runners stretch is the one that sorts this out. You’ll see runners everywhere doing this stretch for this very reason. Lean into a wall, 2 hands on it. One foot back one forward, heels on the ground. Now push into the wall and lean so you feel the stretch in your calf. Hold for 40 seconds plus. Do before or during running walking etc. AND before going to bed as this is when it will heal / shorten.

Trainers slightly higher at the heel than the toe also help.

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby stewamax » March 21st, 2021, 10:04 pm

Nimrod103 wrote: AIUI the big give away symptom of Plantar fasciitis is when you get out of bed in the morning, and first put your feet on the floor, it is painful. During the day it becomes less painful.

Spot on - the classic symptom. And the pain is not in the heel per se but concentrates in the arch of the foot.

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Re: Plantar fasciitis

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Postby servodude » March 25th, 2021, 6:45 am

stewamax wrote:
Nimrod103 wrote: AIUI the big give away symptom of Plantar fasciitis is when you get out of bed in the morning, and first put your feet on the floor, it is painful. During the day it becomes less painful.

Spot on - the classic symptom. And the pain is not in the heel per se but concentrates in the arch of the foot.


I read this thread a couple of days ago after coming down with a strange foot pain a few weeks back
- toes going numb on my right foot on the cycle back home from work
- AND then I nearly fell over when I got out of bed .... like I'd stood on an upturned plug
- was beginning to get "concerned" as it hadn't gone away

Anyways got back from the docs earlier today with some exercises, big ol anti-inflammatory horse pills and a referral for an ultrasound if it's not better in two weeks
- I'd have put it down to "one of those things" if you hadn't given it a name
- so thanks all... and especially Nimrod for the "classic symptom"

-sd


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