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Helping Your Foot Health

I have had planter facetious for years. It comes, I limp, it goes. Until 2019 when it was so bad I suffered every single step, for months. I found some relief with an insole specifically made for this malady, but it was not a permanent solution. So, I went to my podiatrist. We decided on a cortisone injection.

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That was the ticket. But a few weeks later, I realized that when I drove, the pain had come back. That's when I figured it out.

When we get out of the car, the full weight of our bodies are on our left heel. Or right, if you are the passenger. No wonder we are our feet's worst enemy.

Now, I have to slide my seat back one notch, which still allows me to drive safely, and I get out using both feet. It's so much better now, that I put the lift into my sandals for summer. My shoes you see are orthopedic, with a built in lift.

So now when I drive, I am pain free when I remember to be kind to my feet and get out with both of them. I hope this helps.

Source: Just my aching foot

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April 21, 20200 found this helpful

Sometimes we can be our own best doctor.
Glad you found some relief and hopefully it will continue forever.
Stay safe.
Betty

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April 21, 20200 found this helpful

Yes, we can. Thaks, it's made a big difference. You stay safe, too.

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April 14, 20210 found this helpful

My 40th birthday present was an electric treadmill, and within 3 months, I had plantar fasciitis in both feet. I went to several doctors, but I wouldn't let them give me a shot. My husband got it, too, and he did let the doctor give him a shot, which worked about 2 weeks.

I still wear orthotics in flat shoes, and my year-round house shoes are Birkenstocks (knock-offs work, too). They offer the best support.

I did stretching exercises, and I learned to start flexing my feet every morning to get the blood flowing to my heels, before getting out of bed. Going barefoot is a thing of the past, and I used to go barefoot from April through October.

The podiatrist told me he saw about 3 cases of plantarfasciitis a month, and it was usually caused by a treadmill, and it was best if I got rid of it. So, I sold it. I do "walk-at-home" exercises now, but I wear good, expensive running shoes with orthotics. Being thrifty is good, but skimping on running shoes isn't a good idea.

I've always wondered if the treadmill caused this because it was electric. I may have come down harder to keep from falling than I would have if it had been manual, but I'm not going to risk getting a different one. Volleyball and jumping rope are also things of the past.

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April 15, 20210 found this helpful

I have plantar fasciitis too. Just like you, I was barefoot all the time at home and most of the year in my yard too. I have purchased several pairs of Dansko, which have the correct orthotic support. Sanita is another good brand. I also have gotten Teva sandals to wear around the house.

As long as I'm good about my exercises and wearing the proper support, my feet can handle being barefoot or wearing some of my older high heels for a day or so. Once I feel the familiar "zipper" pain across the bottom of my foot, I get back to the proper shoes. I also press my arch into the edge of stairs or a furniture stretcher bar occasionally to help stretch it out.

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