HI, Mom. I've had the darned curse of plantar fasciitis in my left heel for several years now. It's not the worst case, but it forced me to go back to doing things I hurt myself doing before and now I hurt myself doing them again. But it does sound like plantar fasciitis. The other possibilities are a bruise or an impinged nerve, but I'd guess if you've had plantar fasciitis and never found the cure for how you're moving you have it again. I found swimming didn't help, either, and I figured the reason is that when you swim you're using your feet and heels a lot for push, putting pressure on it. And of course, the swimming reinjured my neck. I would rest for awhile and go back to the ice, elevation, RICE routing and start the stretching now. Don't wait. The podiatrist will probably send you to physical therapy unless you find an old-fashiioned one who uses taping. As for inserts, putting one in just one foot will just foul up the other, and probably foul up your hips as well if the inserts aren't right for you -- and possibly even if they are (just fouled up my hips, so that's how I found that out). The longer you wait, the more likely you'll end up with a harder case to treat. Good luck with the podiatrist.
Sounds like PF.
Have you been prescribed exercises for your feet? Stretches should help too. The ice, hmmm, don't think that will help much. Ibuprofen should help with the inflammtion.
I would recommend you take a look at the type of shoes you are wearing and/or get customized orthotics made for both feet to put in your shoes. If it flares up terribly bad there is the option of taping and/or a steroid injection. There are night boots you can wear as well. As for your activities, swimming in the pool instead of walking in the pool would be better. Bike riding, elliptical machine, etc.....off your feet is the best. You should probably avoid loads of walking and hiking until this flare up is under control. Good hiking/walking boots or shoes are a must.
How is your core? You may think what does my core have to do with this? If your core is weak it can affect your feet. If you are overweight, lose the extra pounds doing low impact. Diet is 80% of weight loss.
Again, your shoes could well be the biggest culprit. Steer clear of heels, slippers, flats, flip flops, shoes with little to no support=bad for your feet. Most think nothing of their feet and buy flashy and cute shoes and most of the time these shoes are not of good quality and have no good support.
See a Podiatrist or a Foot and Ankle Specialist soon. Don't wait. First thing in the morning, stretch those feet before you begin your day. A Rolling Pin is great for PF and well for making pies.
Thanks. I guess I need to bite the bullet and see the podiatrist. I was able to get rid of the PF before. And that's why I'm frustrated. Those things aren't working. I do have a stretching sock for when I sleep which frankly is a bit like torture. Besides the fact that it squeezes the life out of my foot, it also keeps it in an uncomfortable position. I will wear it for maybe an hour tops and then ditch it-- who can sleep with those?!
Thanks for the info on the insoles. Never thought about their doing more damage. My heal just hurts so bad that it gives a cushion when walking. I only use it with my walking shoes.
And oh boy, I'm at the age where I need orthopedic walking shoes custom made. Sigh.
Anyway, I'll keep working on it and let you know my progress. thanks for your help!
One doesn't need to have Diabetic Neuropathy to be prescribed Orthopedic shoes. An Orthopedic shoe is prescribed for VARIOUS foot conditions/problems. I've had a problem with PF myself, so I do have experience with dealing with this problem. I've had flare-ups on and off for 20-25 years. I was prescribed an Orthopedic shoes (not custom made) and orthotics and the time between my flare-ups have gotten longer. Last flare-up was 6 years ago. Those shoes and orthotics keep me pain free. I can hike, talk my long walks and do my other sports without pain.
It's always best to seek the advise of your Podiatrist or Foot/Ankle Specialist.
Some only need better supporting shoes and orthotics and some need a bit more=moi.
I took the thing out of my walking shoes I'd placed in one of them (the bad foot) as my arch was starting to hurt which has never hurt before. I'm trying the rolling pin!
I actually also had to wear those beautiful special shoes in my youth because I am pigeon toed. At that time (way back when), orthopedics was not very smart about this and I wore these special shoes for a few years as if my feet had anything to do with it. My hips rotate in. I had a funky pair of saddle shoes that I remember.
Today, I was kind of dragging my feet and you know the walking dead? My kids aren't allowed to watch it . . . but have seen the commercials. They are called walkers and they drag a foot. My son said I looked like a walker. My younger son asked what is a walker. And my older son replied a zombie. And then my younger son deemed me -- Mombie--
Gotta love it.
Specialmom, were you using an insole that you bought from a store or was the insole custom-made for your foot? There is a BIG difference between the two situations. I really think you need to consult a Podiatrist or a Foot/Ankle Specialist about this. I know all about the zombie drag.