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Fibromyalgia And Plantar Fasciitis
See specialist: Plantar fasciitis is a biomechanically induced condition affecting arch (plantar fascia) of foot. Fibromyalgia is a painful condition that can affect many areas of body rgardless of biomechanics or weightbearing and even affect sleep patterns. See podiatrist and/or rheumatologist. ...Read more
Pain at the area where the band of tissue referred to as the plantar fascia on the bottom of the foot inserts into the heel bone. Too much tension brings on pain. Wearing flat shoes or going barefoot on hard surfaces can be some of the causes that bring this pain. Do not let it linger too long. Can last for months. Pain mostly when standing up ...Read more
Combo treatment.: If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts or orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor). #4: stretching your foot and calf. #5: icing (10 min at a time). You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area. ...Read more
Plantar fasciitis: You first must get an accurate diagnosis because it could be another pathology for example nerve entrapment or heel fracture. So seeing a podiatrist can help you make a correct diagnosis. If its simple plantar fasciitis then stretching, ice, nsaids and orthotics can help. If its still hasn't improved then an injection might be warranted and surgery is def. Last resort. ...Read more
Yes: You are correct, the duration is unpredictable. However, the sooner it is treated, the easier and faster it resolves. Once it becomes chronic (usually defined by over 6 months), treatment time can take longer and more invasive treatments may be necessary. ...Read more
Evidence says: No. According to doctors who study effective medicine and treatments, there is no good published study in peer reviewed journals that shows DMSO effectively treats plantar fasciitis. Although there are "experiences" with patients who have good results, these may be placebo-effects and not "evidence" based medicine. ...Read more
Plantar Fasciitis: There is no true prevention, but you can minimize your risks by doing plantar fascial wall stretches 2-3 times daily. Go to YouTube and type "drblakeshealingsole plantar fascial stretches" Good Luck. Dr Rich Blake ...Read more
Yes: When all other measures have been exhausted, surgery for plantar fasciitis may be indicated. Surgery involves release of the plantar fascia itself. This can be done by an open procedure with one of several incision approaches or endoscopically. The procedure chosen by a surgeon is based on preference and patient selection criteria. ...Read more
Remember: Part of the treatment for bothersome plantar fasciitis is to decreasing physical activities that may have caused or aggravated your symptoms. If you started running and this set off your plantar fasciiitis or running causes pain, be mindful that you may have to find an alternative exercise while your body is healing. ...Read more
No: Plantar fascitis may actually feel better in high heels. ...Read more
No: The current stretching exercises that are recommended for PF are really for stretching the calf muscles and Achilles tendon and can be useful for those, but will not prevent PF. With few exceptions, stretching the PF is not helpful, and I do not recommend it. A stretched PF will give poor support to your foot arch, and cause further problems for you in the future. ...Read more
Can be: It does not discriminate based on age. Though more common in 30's and up then teens. ...Read more
You need to rest it!: The plantar fascia is inflamed and must be reversed. It will not get better from running, but will most likely get worse. The fastest way to treat this is via anti-inflammatories via orally or via cortisone injection, taping with padding and rest. When it is feeling better then you may begin passive stretching exercises. ...Read more
The more you can do together, the better:
#1: supportive shoes.
#2: firm inserts or orthotics.
#3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor for dosing).
#4: stretching your foot and calf.
#5: icing (10 min at a time).
You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area. Very few people go on to surgery, but it is a possible treatment. ...Read more
Yes and no.: The heels will take a strain off your achilles tendon, but will not be very supportive in the arch or rearfoot. A good supportive structured shoe is best when treating plantar fasciitis: think of it like a brace for the arch of your foot. Like with any injury, you want to brace the area as it heals, whether that's with a sling, cast, or in this case, a supportive athletic shoe with orthotic. ...Read more
Absolutely: There is no rule that says you can only have one disease or illness at a time. Sometimes it is difficult to determine which disease is causing what symptom, however. ...Read more