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  • #18908

    mell233445454
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    Has anyone here had plantar fasciitis? I’m looking for recommendations for support bandage / insoles.

    I’ve had physio, but it hasn’t made any difference and it’s starting to move up passed my ankle.

    Thanks!

  • #18909

    Anonymous

    Ouch!! Im a fellow sufferer.

    I have had great results with these insoles, I now have several pairs so that they live in all my most frequently used footwear. I never go around barefoot in the house anymore as that was aggravating it.

    FootReviver™ Plantar fasciitis insoles

    • #18913

      mell233445454
      Participant

      I do go barefoot at home all the time , so will change that then . Will have a look at the link . Thanks!

  • #18910

    Sam
    Participant

    Surprised physio didn’t help – it more or less fixes mine every time – although mine is the ‘not weight bearing when first getting up’ version…

    Depending on your footwear then gel insoles may help – I spend up to 12 hours a day walking in steel toe cap type boots and Footreviver Gel insoles go in all my boots (and wellies notoriously the worst for not supporting feet correctly).

    • #18915

      mell233445454
      Participant

      Mines at its worst in the morning too , start the day off holding onto the bed for support. Will have a look at those insoles as well. Thanks!

  • #18911

    Gemma
    Participant

    Iv had plantar fasciitis. For me going ‘barefoot’ resolved it completely. I now haven’t had an issue in years.

    For others insoles seem to work but I had a collection of them previously to barefooting which didn’t help.

    Now I am either in zero drop flexible soled lightweight shoes, or ariats, or using Footreviver insoles (for cycling and alike).

    If going barefoot hadn’t had worked I would have had shockwave therapy on my arches as I have had had good results in other areas that I have injured with shockwave therapy.

    • #18912

      mell233445454
      Participant

      I tried shockwave at the podiatrist. That certainly lives up to his name !! It didn’t help at all. My bill for that day out was £95 , don’t know what hurt more 😜😜

      Interesting you mention Ariats , I have those and a friend who also suffers with said they helped too.

  • #18914

    betty
    Participant

    Another vote for Ariats. £200 a pair but money well spent…

    • #18934

      debby
      Participant

      The only issue with ariats is the ones I have dont have masses of grip if you actually need them for lots of walking.

    • #18935

      jilly
      Participant

      I prefer Berghaus walking boots with insoles fitted for proper walking, I find them very comfortable. The insoles can alter the fit of shoes and boots, so be aware you may need to go a half size up from usual.

  • #18916

    ellen
    Participant

    I’ve found that these insoles work well for me-you have my sympathies, this time last year I could hardly walk but also sitting for too long was also agony (I spend parts of the year welded to a microscope). I didn’t get on with the 1/2 3/4 length insoles but its very individual.

    FootReviver™ running insoles

  • #18917

    Doris69
    Participant

    Husband suffered with it for months. I gave him a nightly foot and ankle massage which he said gave him much relief, bought him Solomon walking boots and supportive insoles. He also started cycling the 2 miles to work, instead of walking. Cycling, which uses different muscles in the foot seemed to help. He’s been back to normal for a year now.

    • #18920

      mell233445454
      Participant

      Foot massage rollers help somewhat, however I can’t bear anything touching the soles of my feet though so anything massagey is out for me.

    • #18921

      Anonymous

      Yes, they help me too, but I agree that not one approach suits everyone. The condition is so damn painful, it’s very debilitating.

      I’ve got one of these rollers, looks a bit like a dog toy but it helps me.

      And regular stretching exercises to free the adhesions, my osteo gave me this one to do. I stand facing the wall about a foot away from it. Put one foot forward so that your toes are resting on the skirting board but the heel is still on the ground, then whilst keeping your leg straight lean your upper body gently forward til your forehead touches the wall (but stop before that if it’s too painful). Give that a few seconds then repeat with the other leg.

    • #18926

      mell233445454
      Participant

      I wonder if we have the same physio, as ive been doing the same exercises. The roller sounds a great idea, will get one of those too. Thanks

  • #18918

    Snitch
    Participant

    Hideous thing I think you have to have had it to understand.
    Frozen small plastic water bottle rolled about gives some relief.
    Increasing the flexibility of the calf muscles is key.
    And use insoles orthheels are the over the counter ones that work the best for me.
    I use ariats when im on my feet for long periods I don’t need insoles in them.
    And recently I was getting twinges again and I have realised they have gone I think its because I am having a one to one yoga class every week.
    If you have shoes that really make it worse chuck them… I chucked out loads of pairs.
    The first time I triggered mine it was running in the sand that set it off.

  • #18919

    Gemma
    Participant

    My other half had it and went down the barefoot root. He swapped to running in Vibram trainers (they have pockets for each toe like a glove and only about a 3mm thick sole) and although it took a while (and was probably fairly uncomfortable) it has stopped the plantar fasciitis.

  • #18922

    chrissy
    Participant

    My OH also has this, and was advised to use a roller on his calves by a friend, it does help him, also ice packs on feet is good.

  • #18923

    debby
    Participant

    I use the foot arch supports in all my shoes. The best for me are the ones with the hard plastic arch under them.

    It is worse when my calves need stretching.

    Diclofenac helps too.

  • #18924

    dax
    Participant

    I found a can of drink kept in the fridge to use as a foot roller helped along with calf stretches. Stand on the bottom stair,just on the balls of your feet (as if youre about to perform a dive) and flex up and down for a minute or two several times a day. It is incredibly painful and I struggled more first thing in the morning and if sat still for too long

    • #18931

      jimena
      Participant

      I found the calf stretches more helpful than anything else. I also found that mine was much worse when I had been resting and hadn’t been using my feet for a while and cleared up completely once I was back on my feet being active.

      Mine was the none-weight bearing in the morning version too and I can remember crying when taking my boots off after work and I am so not a wuss with pain generally. Insoles did not really help, perhaps because I could not afford the expensive ones, but stretches definitely did.

      Seven years on, I haven’t had a twinge!

      I hope one of the suggestions on here helps you sort it – it is a miserable condition.

  • #18925

    Jane
    Participant

    I found ice and water in a washing up bowl as a foot bath was much better than the iced foot roller. 10min a couple of times a day in the summer really helped. Also losing weight has helped. Also dont take this the wrong way losing weight does help I think that’s part posture and part the heavier you are the more work your feet do. I find yoga/pilates really helps too as it improves posture.

    • #18927

      mell233445454
      Participant

      I am actually on a diet, so hopefully that will help. I just need a stone off to get back to where I should be, bloody middle age spread!

      Ive being toying with the idea of yoga, theres a class in the village, just need to muster some courage to go. Do you find it useful ?

  • #18928

    kate
    Participant

    Iv been suffering from plantar fasciitis for quite a while now. Fitness definitely helped me-doc said to work glutes and thigh muscles, I’ve been seeing a PT and doing some boxing since (and changed my car which wasn’t an intentional intervention but it was my right foot and I commute). I get the occasional twinge-mostly if I have been walking in boots (with insoles but I need to change them).

    • #18929

      mell233445454
      Participant

      A PT sounds fab, I hate exercise so reckon that would help with the motivation. Is it expensive ?

    • #18930

      kate
      Participant

      Mine is £25 an hour and she generally has discounts for block bookings. She’s ace-going to a PT opened up all sorts of stuff I hadn’t really considered exercise wise (I hate classes and I find yoga and pilates beyond dull) like boxing and tons of exercises that don’t need equipment and can be done anywhere. I had an initial block and then couldn’t afford it for a bit so went boxing and right now I have some annual leave so going back to her for a few sessions-OH is going to her as well.

  • #18932

    mell233445454
    Participant

    Just placed an order for some of the insoles recommended and the socks . Have to say it’s rather depressing when you get an email confirming your order , sounds like a list of things my granny would have ordered . It comes to us all eh 😉

    • #18933

      debby
      Participant

      wait until you order plantar fasciitis slippers 😉

  • #18936

    fran
    Participant

    I had this a couple of years ago. I found that regularly changing my footwear helped. Every evening I roll my feet around on a golf ball for a few minutes each foot. The golf ball lives by the sofa so it’s always handy when I sit down to watch TV.

    • #18937

      kate
      Participant

      I’ve got a spiky plastic ball that’s golf ball sized and that helps my pf 😊 Like some other posters I buy off-the-peg orthotics from shoewawa and they are just as good as my custom made pair. You do have to replace them regularly though as they flatten down over time but it costs a lot less than buying new pair of shoes everytime.

  • #18938

    nina
    Participant

    My husband who had plantar fasciitis got a steroid injection from his GP that really helped.

    • #18939

      Anonymous

      I’ve got a calcaneal bone spur (found by osteo on examination, not been x rayed). The osteo told me that a steroid injection is an option but she didn’t recommend it, said it’s very painful? I’m fairly on top of things with exercises and proper footwear though, if it was still painful I’d have to consider it.

    • #18940

      paddy
      Participant

      I have heard that apparently the pulling from the calf muscles through to fascia in the foot causes irritation to the heel bones which can produce a bone spur as a result but a steroid injection can settle down that reaction.

    • #18941

      debby
      Participant

      Forgot about this. Ive had a steroid injection in my foot – was warned it might be painful, but it wasn’t bad, just a bit uncomfortable. And it did work!

  • #18959

    Anonymous

    I found physio really helpful – I have really tight calves and hammies and this can cause/worsen plantar fasciitis. I’m also now a convert to Clarks shoes (and fitflops) and avoid flat shoes/ballet shoes like the plague. I know insoles work for some, but I found they gave me knee issues as the shift in how I have habitually walked for three decades must have put strain on a new part of my body…

  • #18960

    mell233445454
    Participant

    Thank you for all the recommendations.

    I’ve started to use plantar fasciitis socks when I wear my Ariats. So much more comfortable, that extra support really helps.
    I’ve put the insoles in my deck shoes and wear them around the house, again so much more comfortable.
    In addition to the above I’ve started to do the exercises on the step, it was a bit 😱 at first but definitely getting easier.
    This morning was the first in a long time that I didn’t have to hold onto the bed when I got up, just a 2/10 lameness I’d say. Thanks again you wonderful lot.

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