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Old 03-04-2014, 10:32 AM   #16
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Been dealing with it in both feet for about 6 years. First the right foot for 2 and now the left foot since then. I have tried alot of what has already been said but Crocs are the best for me. The left foot is getting better and I hope later this year it will be gone. Since I started to work out that has really helped. I think mine might also be a part of the back/leg issue too.
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Old 03-04-2014, 10:50 AM   #17
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Been there. Done that also.
About 6-7 years ago when we were building our barn, I was working on uneven ground in sandals (no arch support). I dealt with the pain for years. In the morning, I would hobble for the first 5 minutes. I work as an OB nurse and am on my feet for 12 hour shifts. Every time I sat down to chart for more than a few minutes the first many steps would hurt, it was exhausting. On two separate occasions I got steroid injections before I went to Disney to get me through the trips. The injections would last about 6 months. The injections are in the heel where the plantar fascia attaches to the bottom of heel bone.
About a year ago I soaked my feet in some VERY hot water with Dr Teals peppermint foot soak (from Walmart in the foot area). I believe this is essentially epsom salts with some peppermint added. I'm not sure this would be any better than plain epsom salt, or plain hot water. ( I understand all the literature says to use ice.)
After soaking quite a while I rubbed my feet with a peppermint foot lotion. I expect any lotion would work. When I massaged my feet it felt like Rice Krispies in the bottoms of my feet. It was actually a bit creepy feeling. To the best of my understanding, when there is injury to your body there is sometimes small calcium deposits which occur. I think warming the plantar fascia and then massaging allowed some of these calcium deposits to break up, which allowed my body to clear them. I could feel and massage the swelling at the bottom of my heel also. After years of pain my feet were at least 90% better after a week of soaking/massaging. Cost <$10. Time one hour a day 7 days. I soaked one while I massaged the other. I was painful again about 2 weeks ago, one soak and massage and it was better. This is not like the nice little massages that one gets when you go to a spa. The goal is to break up the swelling.
This is VERY interesting because I've been soaking in HOT epsom salt water and then rubbing-same Rice Krispies sensation you are describing and then rolling on a theraband foot roller and it seems to help a lot. I also started acupuncture and apparently no energy is getting to my foot which may help explain why it's not healing.

I tried a new chiropractor today…..and now I'm completely confused. They did a foot scan and told me nothing looks too bad but I have high arches and probably need $200 custom orthotics called Foot Levelers. They adjusted my heel, then did a laser treatment, graston technique, taped my foot from my toe to my calf and put me on a very strong foot vibrating machine. I'm getting the impression they are treating the symptoms but not really the cause. And they tried to sell me pricey sandals made by a company called Sole. I think I might cancel the next appt. It just seemed to be a bit much and they really pushed the orthotics.

I have an appt with a podiatrist in a few weeks and will have him provide insight on my arches since he sees feet all day long.

I also just started increasing anti-inflammatory foods-google anti-inflammatory smoothie-kale, spinach, fresh ginger, berries…..hoping that will help too!

But I think Crocs and some birkenstocks and continuing with the hot water and epsom salt foot soaks may be better….not sure…….all these different practitioners need to work together instead of having separate ideas of what the issue is! I am so confused!!!!!

-thanks everyone! 60 days till Disney……may rent a wheelchair if I get desperate…..I've had this for 6months but from the sounds of it, it can last for years!
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Old 03-04-2014, 11:39 AM   #18
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Oh, and I was also told to go barefoot indoors and wear toe socks and it made yet another HUGE difference, as my toes could move freely, which relieved some stress on my foot, particularly when running. Toe socks with compression are still one of my favourite things to wear after a hard run or if I am on my feet all day at work. (injinji socks are awesome!) Crocs never fit me because I have narrow feet. They were banned in schools and hospitals here due to health and safety risks, so I don't know if they would be a good option based on that. Certainly worth asking your physiotherapist about it if they have helped others. Mine recommended barefoot, proper fitting running shoes, and winter boots with fitted soles (not flat) to allow the foot to move naturally.
This!!!!! Injinji toe socks and vibram toe shoes! Lifesavers for me. Expensive but worth every single penny.
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