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   Posted 3/17/2016 3:05 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi all and I'm new on here but not new to pain. sad I've had Plantar Fasciitis for about 13 years now with orthotics and all the usual exercises/stretching which I do daily. Can't ever go bare-foot. Lately I'm sort of hobbling a lot of the time after sitting or sleeping. Currently have torn plantar-fascia in right foot and am pretty sick of the whole feet pain thing. During the day it's all just tolerable but biggest concern is that for the last 8 years I have worsening bursitis in my left forefoot. I've tried cortisone injections for this but it doesn't help. It's really stuffing up my sleep UNLESS I attach an ice-pack to that foot before sleeping. Sometimes if I do the 'HOT/COLD' footbath thing before bed I'll get away without the ice-pack but gee when I already have Sleep Apnea (CPAP machine) I've got enough sleep hassles. I'm now dreading the nights cos sleeping is a battle zone. Sure I have Neurofen and sleeping tabs I can take but I'm trying really hard not to add to what I already take (Gabapentin and Somac).
Does anyone else have any solutions for forefoot bursitis? The heat in that foot is even with me during the days now, not just at night, and even when I'm resting watching TV. I don't read anything encouraging about surgery for this issue. My long-suffering podiatrist is now trying a series of shock-wave treatments cos this has helped the other foot's heel in the past. I take a range of supplements like fish-oil, glucosamine etc. Have also tested positive in RF results although they seem to think I don't actually have Rheumatoid Arthritis but maybe the ever-mysterious Fybromyalgia. Grateful for advice.

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   Posted 3/17/2016 3:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Welcome Oz to the CP forum and sorry to hear about your issues. I don't believe there's many of us here that actually sleep what's considered entire nights! Pain doesn't really care what time it is I guess. It sounds like your doing pretty much everything thats available short of the surgery and here I'm going to play devils advocate. Your pains fairly intense and disrupts your life and quality of living and don't believe everything you see on the internet.. furthermore what are the odds given by the surgeon and figure out if you really have anything to lose here,can it get much worse? Is it worth it to you if you get even a 25% reduction in pain?

I will offer one more thing you may wish to try and you can ask your Dr or therapist about it. I take rounds of five weeks of hydrotherapy throughout the year and there's a lady in the class that suffers from the same diagnosis and she swears she would not survive if not for the hydrotherapy. During the off weeks I use the pool at home and carry on the treatment myself so its basically a around the year thing.

If all else fails we at least can come here and vent and see just how others suffer and it diminishes our own pain and suffering.

Good to have you.

When something bad happens to you, you can let it destroy you, let it define you, or you can let it strengthen you.

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   Posted 3/18/2016 2:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, Vickie- and it's great to know I'm not alone. And to be honest I'm shocked at the various issues that people are trying to tolerate when I read the posts on this site- darned hard-going in many cases.
I'm gonna see what options there are available for hydrotherapy in my immediate area and do more in-depth checking on surgical options. I'm very grateful to you!

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   Posted 5/26/2016 4:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I am a retired physician and plantar fasciitis patient. I got plantar fasciitis around February 2016. After about four months, it completely resolved. Let me tell you my story. I have researched extensively on the subject of PF. I think most of the stuff you read on the internet is a bunch of untested crap. I don't believe in the foot exercises, the arch supports, the calf exercises, the night boots, etc. I have read on the internet (from "doctor" experts) that you should have firm arches . . . and I have read that you should have no arches - "walk barefoot only." I have read "apply ice," and I have read "apply heat - ice is harmful." Noone seems to have any idea about how to treat or cure PF.

Here's what I think. I feel that plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel bone, AND/OR some minimal tearing of the plantar fascia - just a few fibers - that results, naturally, in inflammation . . . like a "pulled muscle." (You may know that a pulled muscle is simply the tearing of a few muscle fibers.) Inflammation hurts until it heals and resolves. So what's so difficult about curing P.F.? Well we walk on it!!! Let's say we take 5000 steps a day. Imagine inflammation of your elbow, (i.e. tennis elbow). Imagine taking your sore "tennis elbow" and wacking it against the wall, 5000 times a day. Think it would heal quickly? I don't either.

So my cure for plantar fasciitis is cushion, cushion and cushion. That's right - cushion the heel. Here's what I did. First, I wore the plantar fasciitis "relief bridge" gel-heel innersole in my shoes - that I got at Walgreen's for about $11. (I plan to use them indefinitely.) Then I wear a pair (usually) of nice thickish athletic type sox. On my heel I wore fasciitis therapy wrap padded supports that I got on the internet for about $13. But also, I sewed onto the the padded foot wraps, the back part of some thick arch cushions for a little more cushion. So under my heels I had 4 cushion layers. I must admit I wore all this 24 hours a day - except when in the shower. And after about 4 months, the PF was gone. That's what I think, and I hope that this helps you and the many other sufferers of plantar fasciitis. doknabox

Post Edited (doknabox) : 5/26/2016 8:43:45 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 5/26/2016 6:26 AM (GMT -7)   
For the rf factor you really should consult with a RA doctor. So ask for a referral.
Have you tried ice and elevating your feet at night for your feet, have you tried rubbing in lotions like aspercream with lidocaine, maybe a lotion with vitamin c...just trying to help.
I have bad inflammation in my feet and right now ice at night along with elevated feet helps...
Have you tried epsom water soaks...
Hope your doing better soon.
You have my prayers and well wishes..
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   Posted 5/27/2016 9:02 PM (GMT -7)   
got to stretch them buggers too. keep strong.



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   Posted 5/29/2016 12:22 PM (GMT -7)   
i was born with hammer toes and my feet are very bad. I got handicap plates as soon as I asked for them. Lately they found squamous cancer on the top of my foot. It has had a nightmare quality to it. I was doing a small amount of on land exercises and my foot went crazy. I actually asked for a script for pain relief but was denied. Had to wear my toggle pool shoes to visit the doctor. Now there may be allergic problem with the band aid and triple creme so now I am sitting down in pain and quite weary of it.

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   Posted 5/30/2016 4:33 AM (GMT -7)   
The problem with the RF factor is that many people can test positive, but have no issues. I also think you should consult a rheumatologist just to double check.

I use frozen tennis balls, under the arch. Rolling the foot back and forth helps with my symptoms. My Ortho recommend this trick.
Single mom to my little man 11yrs old
39yrs old. JRA since a kid. Chronic Uveitis, pleurisy, pericarditis, intersticial lung disease, sjorgrens syndrome, Cushing's Syndrome, gastroparisis
Bilateral TMJ replacements due to bone fusion, port-a-cath, g/j feeding tube, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome(my blood fights itself) epilepsy, MCTD, dysphagia(unable to swallow correctly)

Joan M
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   Posted 5/30/2016 5:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I tested positive for RA but the doc said it was a false positive because my hands are okay. Don't know what else to say at this point. Because I was born with hammer toes and dislocation of the hip...they say it is osteo only but I have a lot of symptoms...wish somebody would care enough to check me out.

I am also very allergic which is considered a "genetic flaw". GIVE ME A BREAK..people die from respiratory problems!

Thank you for responding to my post.

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Date Joined Mar 2016
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   Posted 4/30/2017 6:11 PM (GMT -7)   
Apologies that I haven't checked in here for a while but I've just read the posts above and am grateful for replies. Clearly I'm not alone with feet issues. Since my last post the torn plantar fascia has all but healed so no more unexpected screams of pain.
But this left forefoot bursitis is totally wrecking my sleep now ( just a mild, warm, sometimes prickly feeling in the ball of foot at night). The ice-wrap on the foot in bed always used to work but not any more. The foot is not an issue at all during the day except for the general plantar fasciitis discomfort that's all bearable.
Shock treatment to the offending foot over a 6 week period helped it last year for a few months but it's back again, and that same treatment hasn't worked so far this time around.
Going to search now for the creme with lidocaine suggested above, and I'm heading out now to have dry needling done. Podiatrist suggested 7 consecutive daily hits of Voltarin might work, on day 3 there is no improvement but I'll keep it up.
As mentioned by one poster above, my blood tests always show positive for rheumatoid arthritis but two specialists in this area say I don't have that condition. One suggested Fybromylgia but that's a contentious whole other tired...

Post Edited (ozchick) : 4/30/2017 7:25:56 PM (GMT-6)

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