I was diagnosed with plantar fasciitis when I was in 7th grade (13 years old). I was the type of guy that played sports every season, ran around at recess (although middle school ended that), and was active all summer. It crushed me. It became immensely painful to just walk from class to class at school.
Originally Posted by gstuartw
I then got those hard plastic inserts and had to find shoes that fit them (impossible). I had to stop playing some of those sports and found a sport I could participate in without too much time on my feet. This was wrestling, and I digress.
Fast forward to my sophomore year in high school. I was sick and tired of finding shoes that fit my orthotics and not having the stamina to run around on my feet like everyone else. I searched the web for answers, and found some things to try. I did heel raises and possibly another exercise I forget now while watching TV at night. I rolled my plantar around on a tennis ball to massage it. I did this for about a month, took out my inserts, and I never looked back. I can now run barefoot no problem.
I've had plantars fasciitis for about 5 years (since my last pregnancy). I've always been a minimal shoe/barefoot person, so I have a hard time believing that the vibrams are the cure all. Maybe for some. For me, I had it pretty much healed by eating a low inflammation diet and eating fish oil & diatomaceous earth(I was eating this due to a pinworm outbreak at preschool). Then, I went to disney world and walked all day for 4 days in a row and the pain came back.
Wearing the boot at night that stretches helped me, too.
Sure, I think that would be going too far.
Originally Posted by wendyland
Although there now seem to be quite a few joggers who wear minimalist shoes, I'd guess that if they're wearing them in the hope that they make them bullet-proof they might be mistaken. If your mechanics are poor, and you do too much of something, and your diet's inadequate ...
I don't expect minimalist shoes will end the injury problems among joggers who use them, although they'll probably greatly reduce them.
I agree with the foot strengthening and ball rolling suggestions. Also stretch your Achilles's tendon.
I had PF recently and found some stretches online that totally eliminated it as long as I remember to do the stretches each day. I think walking barefoot makes way more sense than arch supports and shoes all the time. My feet were designed to walk without shoes. My friend had PF she was told to wear orthotics, arch supports all the time, never walk barefoot etc...etc... Well, her PF continued to be a problem until she found a treatment provider who suggested foot strengthening exercises and barefoot walking. Problem resolved pretty quickly after that. Foot doctor does not make any money on expensive orthotics if he tells you to walk barefoot and stretch.
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I've had PF flare ups on and off for the last 7 years. I had surgery to lengthen the tendons and 2 years later they were right back flaring up again. The only relief I've found is by wearing Kalso Earth shoes. By the heel being lower than the toes, it feels like it stretches my feet with every step I take. Now I can't wear any other brand, once I got used to them, the other brands hurt. I can even wear the Earthies high heels for hours without pain. It works for me, YMMV.
Sierra Trading Post usually has good prices for Earth shoes, I've bought them for as little as $15. I bought my walking shoes for $30 from STP and I love them. If you can find a good sale they might be worth a try. I wish I had found them before I spent $450 on custom orthotics (that did not work at all).
I hope you find something that works for you. Good luck.
In addition to exploring chiropractic treatment and utilizing the golf balls (my chiro teacher recommends this, by the way,) also consider acupuncture. Here is a 2011 study that showed a significant decrease in PF pain by needling one point. Acupuncture Treatment for Plantar Fasciitis: A Randomized Controlled Trial with Six Months Follow-Up You could even try moxa or acupressure, if you don't have a practitioner in your area.
Never understood all this "custom orthodontics". Nature/God made our foot perfect. Why would Nature/God give us feet that would require another "attachment" that was only invented recently?
LOL When I was younger and in so much pain I couldn't walk, I was willing to try anything to help. If that meant "custom orthotics," I tried it. I'm glad your feet are perfect, mine were not. At the time, I didn't have any internet experts telling me how to fix things myself. The "experts" (Drs) back then gave me a diagnosis and, after a second opinion confirming it, I believed them.
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I was born with dual Morton's Toes, which likely led to flat footedness. By my early 20's I had developed incredibly painful fibromas on the arch of each foot I'm also about to purchase my second pair of Vibrams. The first lasted approx 1500 miles an I've found that with minimalist shoes there is no grace period between insole and pavement. The first pair of vibrams has not cured the fibromas but I'm willing to look ridiculous and pay for another pair because they forced me to begin walking correctly and understand my foots natural support structures. I firmly believe improper orthotics in conjunction with high impact sports produced the fibromas in the first place. It's somewhat ironic that I received the orthotics to address flat footedness but the relief I get from vibrams is that they taught me to walk with an arch which keeps the fibromas from impacting ground.