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Marianne

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Plantar fasciitis
« on: 08:40:57, 09/03/20 »
Hi everyone - Im a long term returning member but havent posted for a few years owing to everything going along smoothly. However, I have occasionally browsed and see the group is as helpful, informative and supportive as it always has been .... so maybe someone can advise on the solution to plantar fasciliitis?! Both my husband and I are 72, but apart from a hip replacement (me, most successful) we enjoy good health and have continued to happily walk some fair distances. But Tom, my husband, has now developed this foot issue which is, we hope temporarily, rather disabling him. We think this may have been brought about by walking several miles in mud wearing wellingtons?  Can anyone advise or share their experience or knowledge? Many thanks ! Marianne

kinkyboots

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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #1 on: 09:19:07, 09/03/20 »
I would highly recommend that you arrange to visit to Whalley Warm & Dry https://www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk/boot-fitting-service/ if it's not too far from you or alternatively arrange an appointment for the next time you visit the Lakes or Yorkshire Dales. Many customers travel from all over the country to use their boot fitting skills and services and are highly recommended by many other forum members. Good professional bootfitters are very thin on the ground and their services don't come cheap.

They are an Altberg Premier Retailer and I cannot recommend their boot fitting service highly enough.

As a starting point these links may help you

https://www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk/boot-fitting-service/foot-conditions/

http://footandinsolespecialist.co.uk/foot-conditions/plantar-fasciitis-heel-pain/

https://www.whalleyoutdoor.co.uk/custom-made-insoles-clinic-now-at-whalley-warm-dry/

https://footandinsolespecialist.co.uk/

http://footandinsolespecialist.co.uk/book/

PS Set fire to the wellies and ensure that he wears well fitting, comfortable and supportive footwear with appropriate insoles (and use gaiters if appropriate) suitable for the walking conditions at all times!  ;)
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tonyk

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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #2 on: 10:12:21, 09/03/20 »
But Tom, my husband, has now developed this foot issue which is, we hope temporarily, rather disabling him. We think this may have been brought about by walking several miles in mud wearing wellingtons?  Can anyone advise or share their experience or knowledge? Many thanks ! Marianne
I should imagine you are right about the cause as the sole of the foot would contract more than usual with every step.When I was running it was a common problem that I treated with icing for 20 mins three times a day and rolling a tennis ball under the foot for one minute at a time.This video might help.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vF7HkfcPrU4
 

GinAndPlatonic

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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #3 on: 10:19:35, 09/03/20 »
I  was diagnosed with Plantar fasciitis about two years ago.
I read somewhere that foot wear is often a factor in developing it and read some stories from other people who had it.

I thought about it and realised I had bought a pair of leather shoes two months previously and although they fitted ok , they had really hard/unforgiving soles and didn`t afford me any cushioning under the heels or soles....even though I did not wear them every day.
I took a gamble and actually threw them away. Within a fortnight the pain had almost disappeared. Now I have none and had forgotten about it, until reading your post.

My humble opinion is to think about footwear and the possible culprits. Stop wearing any that you think may contribute to it, by a process of elimination.It is worth a try.!
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Marianne

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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #4 on: 11:22:17, 09/03/20 »
Thanks for these great replies! All mega helpful and hopeful 😊👍 .... I knew Id feel better sharing. Thanks again ...

Dodgylegs

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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #5 on: 11:24:33, 09/03/20 »
I suffered from this a number of years ago, just came on whilst walking across a road in usual shoes, referred by GP to be seen by a Podiatrist. This turned out to be a waste of time, after a couple of appointments was informed that was all I could have on NHS, then seen by local college training Podiatrists (constantly changing inserts), finally seen by hospital clinic who provided inserts but could not fit both these and my feet into shoes! Advised to wear Nike running shoes as they offer the best heel support, this seems to have worked!

GinAndPlatonic

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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #6 on: 12:08:12, 09/03/20 »
Thanks for these great replies! All mega helpful and hopeful 😊👍 .... I knew Id feel better sharing. Thanks again ...
Hope al goes well. :)
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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #7 on: 18:44:18, 09/03/20 »
I don't wear wellies for this reason. I find that walking any distance in flat footwear such as sandals, wellingtons, flip flops etc will give me heel pain and pain in my arches. I also avoid zero drop trainers such as Altra for the same reason. I'm far more comfortable with a 1cm heel lift. Inserts to support the arch are great but it can be a bit of trial and error to find the right shape. Good luck.

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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #8 on: 19:23:18, 09/03/20 »
Inserts can definitely help support the arch, but they can take some getting used to and can be painful at first. It is best to build up tolerance slowly. I used to use inserts in my work shoes, but found that eventually I could manage without them.

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« Reply #9 on: 16:44:23, 14/03/20 »
I suffered an acute form of PF to both feet during my running days, after running on icy footpaths one evening. I was aware that I was automatically tensing my feet due to the lack of grip. I had to take a couple of weeks off running and just standing was very uncomfortable. I quickly got over this and re-started slow running after searching a book and finding out how to tape support the arches of of my feet. After a month I was ok.Years later, around 8 years ago, I got severe PF in my my right foot, spent a lot of money on physio, podiatry, useless orthotics (one pair 250..) and nothing worked, until i visited the Warm & Dry store in Whalley Lancs (as mentioned in an earlier post). The guy there actually listened to me and built me a pair of othotics that included a supportive Carbon shank for my over suppinating foot. Most PF is caused by a degree of over pronation and is difficult to get across to physio's etc when the oppositte is causing the problem, hence the useless other orthotics.Hopefully your husbands PF is the acute form which with some support will be quickly resolved. This is a link to taping, I would just say to be sure when taping the underside of the foot, adding slight tension, as you draw it from the outer side drawing it up the arch and attach there.
http://www.rdash.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Plantar-fascitis-taping-booklet.pdf
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Marianne

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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #10 on: 13:24:30, 15/03/20 »
Thanks again for all the replies, really helpful. Unfortunately, were not getting on too well with improvement - tried arch support and got info of local podiatrists which well look into but hes virtually unable to walk. This has now been a week of immobility. Were both 72, but still active and walking is our thing so to be restricted - plus coronavirus and imminent self isolation laws, life is a bit challenging! Grrr! Were presuming its plantar fasciitis but still not quite sure how much rest, exercise, time etc everything might/should take....

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« Reply #11 on: 13:32:09, 15/03/20 »
Look up exercises on you tube. I used the tin can and tennis ball methods as shown on a few. The physio I was referred to showed me the same exercises. They can be done whilst watching TV or whatever.

I also bought and had fitted supafeet orthotics, which take a bit of getting used to, they do hurt for a while, maybe it's because you are forcing tendons and muscles back into where they should be, I'm not sure. I still use orthotics because I dont want a recurrence.
It can take a while to sort out but you do get there.
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Slogger

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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #12 on: 17:10:56, 15/03/20 »
Re, my earlier post. Is the PF showing as arch apin (often sharp & acute) or as like a heel bruise? My 1st bout, due to tensing the feet on icy surface, which heeled within a few weeks with taping, was shown as arch pain. My 2nd bout which responded with correct orthotics from Warm & Dry store, was shown as like a heel bruise. IE: taping for arch pain, orthotics for heel bruisetype pain.After months of the heel type pain, I was eventually scheduled for Shock Wave treatment, but turned it down as things were improving at that point.By the way it is generally accepted now, that Plantar Fascitis is the wrong description. After much research it is now known to be not an 'Itis' (inflamation) but an 'osis' (degeneration) Plantar Fasciosis.
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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #13 on: 17:53:56, 15/03/20 »
The first time I had PF I had been working barefoot on tiled floors for weeks while fixing up a house.  I had foot scans and X-rays before I was finally referred to a podiatrist who made a series of inserts which provided some pain relief but no real cure.  Then one day I was walking down from a big old mountain when i felt something pop in my foot and the pain disappeared.  The second bout was a result of stamping mud of my shoes.  The pain was such that I thought I had severely damaged something but the GP said no and gave me the standard NHS handout on PF.  Now if I feel it coming on I put heel pads in my boots and it slowly goes away.
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Re: Plantar fasciitis
« Reply #14 on: 18:40:29, 15/03/20 »
Does anyone know of anywhere in the North East that offers the same services that Whalley outdoor offer.