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RLFORTIN - September 9

Does any one have Fibro & plantars fasciitis?
I have been having incredible pain in both of my feet for four months (since May). I can't walk bare footed at ALL...I must wear sneakers at all times and started using a cane and walker three months ago. I have been managing my Fibro pain with Methadone and Darocet for the past two years but neither of those even begin to touch my foot pain. Does any one else have experience with this?If so, what have you done to help with the pain?
I have iced, worn night splints, taken IB and stretched. Nothing seems to work. The ice at least numbs it for a little while. HELP..


Fantod - September 10

Yes - I have both. You should not be wearing sneakers with Plantar Fascitis. A hard soled shoe is a better option. And, you should never be bare foot even after getting out of the shower.
It is very common for people with Fibromyalgia to have tendon problems. Take some time to read through the information in the blue boxes on the lefthand side of this page.

Have you seen a podiatrist about your feet? You should be on an anti inflammatory for this problem. Or a steriod injection to ease the inflammation followed by an anti inflammatory.

You should also have a pair of orthodtics made for your shoes to correct the problem. Try to find a podiatrist who is a sports medicine specialist. This is not something to be ignored or treated without a doctors care. Permanent tendon damage is not something you want to be dealing with on top of everything else. Plantar Fasciitis can be persistent and take a long time to clear up. Take care.


Fantod - September 10

I want to clarify one poin that I made about wearing a hard soled shoe. You have a tendon in your foot with microscopic tears. You want to stabalize the tendon by not wearing anything that will allow a greater range of flexability like a sneaker. Wearing a sneaker only aggravates the tendon further. Take care.


Stacey373 - September 10

Hmmm....I've got a question...I've never looked up plantar fascitis and don't know the symptoms. About a year ago I was wearing a pair of boots that basically had no sole...felt like I was almost walking bare foot. I was selling at a bazaar and wore them all day long and was on my feet a lot too. Every since that day I started getting severe shooting pain in the bottom of my heels. It felt like a muscle would last for a minute or so and then go away. the pain was so horrible I couldn't even breathe while it was happening.

I also noticed that I had alot of "knots" on the bottom of my heel. I bought some shoe inserts and now this comes and goes for no apparent reason. I did quit wearing those boots, but it seems like no matter what kind of shoe I wear it still happens.

So I'm wondering if this is what Plantar Fascitis is? Sorry to break into your post rlfortin, your post reminded me of this problem and I am wondering if this is what you are dealing with too. I hope Fantod's suggestions help you find some relief. Thanks, Stacey :o)


Fantod - September 10

Plantar fasciitis is irritation and swelling of the thick tissue on the bottom of the foot.

The most common complaint is pain in the bottom of the heel. It is usually worst in the morning and may improve throughout the day. By the end of the day the pain may be replaced by a dull aching that improves with rest.

Most people complain of increased heel pain after walking for a long period of time.

Conservative treatment is almost always successful, given enough time. Treatment can last from several months to 2 years before symptoms get better. Most patients will be better in 9 months.

Initial treatment usually consists of:

Anti-inflammatory medications
Heel stretching exercises
Night splints
Shoe inserts
If these fail, putting the affected foot in a short leg cast (a cast up to but not above the knee) for 3-6 weeks is very often successful in reducing pain and inflammation. Alternatively, a cast boot (which looks like a ski boot) may be used. It is still worn full time, but can be removed for bathing.

Some physicians will offer steroid injections, which can provide lasting relief in many people. However, this injection is very painful and not for everyone.

In a few patients, non-surgical treatment fails and surgery to release the tight, inflamed fascia becomes necessary.

The plantar fascia is a very thick band of tissue that holds up the bones on the bottom of the foot. This fascia can become inflamed and painful in some people, making walking more difficult.

Risk factors for plantar fasciitis include:

Foot arch problems (both flat foot and high arches)
Sudden weight gain
Tight Achilles tendon (the tendon connecting the calf muscles to the heel)
A typical patient is an active man age 40-70.

This condition is one of the most common orthopedic complaints relating to the foot.

Plantar fasciitis is commonly thought of as being caused by a heel spur, but research has found that this is not the case. On x-ray, heel spurs are seen in people with and without plantar fasciitis.

Tests & diagnosis
Typical physical exam findings include:

Mild swelling
Tenderness on the bottom of the heel
X-rays may be taken to rule out other problems, but having a heel spur is not significant.

Nearly all patients will improve within 1 year of beginning non-surgical therapy, with no long-term problems. In the few patients requiring surgery, most have relief of their heel pain.

Maintaining good flexibility around the ankle, particularly the Achilles tendon and calf muscles, is probably the best way to prevent plantar fasciitis.

Complications with surgery include:

Nerve injury
No improvement in pain
Rupture of the plantar fascia
With other treatments, a complication is continued pain.

When to contact a doctor


bbass - September 10

I have had this same problem. It is horrible! It feels like you are walking on bone, not padding. One thing my massage therapist recommended was a certain exercise. Sitting down, take a long scarf, or something like it, wrap around bottom of foot-not completely around-just around the bottom with both side coming up into your hands, grab other end, sit back with that foot up and flex against the scarf that you are holding. She said it releases some the fascia. You might try that, it seems to help somewhat.


deadgamegrrl - September 10

You can also try sitting or standing while putting a tennis ball under one foot and gently rolling it around underneath. This also helps to release the tightness.


solanadelfina - September 10

My podiatrist suggested that I buy a set or orthotics called 'Superfeet', which give great support. I also wore Sketcher's Shape-Ups which did the same. I would soak my feet in cold ice water for about ten minutes, do calf stretches during the day, and use an infrared massager and my mom would massage them for me. These all helped, but it still took a few months to make it go away.


Stacey373 - September 11

Thanks fantod!

Everything you wrote sounds like what I'm dealing with...except for the pain feeling like a muscle spasm. It didn't say anything about I wonder if Plantar Fascitis is what I'm really dealing with?

Take Care, Stacey :o)



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