Plantar Fasciitis

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   Posted 2/26/2008 7:35 AM (GMT -7)   
I am just about going nuts with this foot ailment.  I see my NP in 2 weeks and will ask for a referral to the rheumatologist I saw several years ago. This is the final step, I've done everything else but get the $400 custom orthotics.    I hope he will help, although not sure what that will be. In the past he pushed nonsteroidals, even though he suspected that IBD was the cause of my inflamed knee.  I know nonsteroidals are out. He also mentioned methotrexate if I developed another joint problem. Not sure if this qualifies.   I am currently taking lyrica. It helps with one very small aspect of the pain in my legs which I assume is also the plantar fasciitis.  When I asked my gi NP about this she said I would have to see a rheumatologist.  I'm really confused about who treats what.  If its caused by IBD I would think that the gi doc would treat it but apparently not, at least not with this group
I researched this on the internet and read that plantar fasciitis and achilles tendonitis is very common with CD and not easily treated which was discouraging. 
10 years, many tests, 3 gi doctors, Pentasa 1000mg 3x day
diovan, simvastatin, sertraline, lyrica  

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Date Joined Jul 2007
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   Posted 2/26/2008 10:11 AM (GMT -7)   
I had tendonitis of my achilles back in high school when I played tennis. It wasn't easily treated then either. It took rest, not easy to do if you want to stand up ocassionally, and LOTS of stretching. I still do the stretch that helped the most, for prevention's sake I guess. You get on the floor, one knee up, one knee down, like you're going to propose to someone. The knee that is down, relax your ankle, top of the foot on the floor. Lower yourself down, bending at your hips, then leaning over the knee that is up. Keep that heel on the floor (or close to it). The tendon on the ankle of the leg that the knee is up is where you will feel the stretch. Hope this helps, hope you can understand, never had to write it out before. Good luck!
diagnosed 11/06, solving the mystery of years of on/off abdominal pain. No more "it's just a virus". 33f with 2 boys, a lovable dog, and a wonderful husband. 150 mg Imuran, bowel resection 9/07. Tapered off entocort 1/08 and feeling the effects with fatigue, pain, D.

Courtney L.
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Date Joined Sep 2005
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   Posted 2/26/2008 10:17 AM (GMT -7)   
I've had Plantar Fasciitis since my daughter was born. I went to the foot doctor and got an excruciating shot in the heel - never again. I bought these shoes called Dansko's (you need the "professional" heel) - and I wear them EVERY day - I get out of bed and put them on 1st thing, wear them ALL day... over about 6-8 months I cured it... (with the stretching too!!) now I have 4 pairs of Dansko's - and a few tennis shoes and flip flops - I hardly EVER wear other shoes... and when my feet hurt again - back to the Dansko's (and they are only about $90 on Zappos) Good luck - that's what helped me.
Married, 34 with a 5 year old daughter,
Diagnosed 8/96, 2 bowel resections, many hospitalizations, CD only in terminal ileum. Currently on Azathioprine, Wellbutrin & sometimes Xanax!! 

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Date Joined Jul 2003
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   Posted 2/26/2008 10:23 AM (GMT -7)   
I had this ailment for one year..horrible pain and the shots hurt like heck!  I did buy the orthotics and New Balance shoes and that helped a lot.  I also lost some weight which helped.  Hang in there; no one knows the agony until they experience it.  I have no symptoms now but am constantly afraid it will crop up again.


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