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Old 03-14-2017, 05:06 AM
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Has anyone had success with any products, inserts, ets. to relieve pain? I saw an ad for some inserts yesterday that had great reviews, and they were 80.00. I am more than willing to pay if it works. I have been suffering in my left foot for almost 2 years now and nothing helps.


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Old 03-14-2017, 05:32 AM
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I have orthotics from the podiatrist that have made all the difference. I rarely have any sign of plantar fasciitis anymore. My health insurance paid for them, and I wore them for a number of years. I got new ones right before I was eligible for Medicare because my podiatrist told me that Medicare won't pay for those. He was right. The next ones will be on me.
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:33 AM
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Yes I have--When I first started teaching, I had terrible plantar fascitis. The doctor gave me some stretching exercises but said that if it got worse, a cortisone shot might help. I don't like shots, so I found a place that claimed to make an orthotic to help. Yes they were extremely expensive, but I wore them religiously and it went away! Not overnight, but definitely over the few months plus I could do things without a lot of pain and then it finally went away. The place that made the orthotic was called Good Feet (I think they may be a chain). Good luck--I know how painful it was (especially in the morning when getting out of bed).
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:39 AM
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I tried inserts, but they did not help much. I started buying better shoes. I wear Vionics, Clarks, and Skechers memory foam shoes. They have made a big difference. I can no longer wear other shoes. If I do, the pain returns and it's not worth it.
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:36 AM
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I agree with a PP who said buying better quality shoes helps. I wear Birkenstocks, Vionics, Ascics, and a couple other brands. If you go to a smaller, independent shoe store, they are usually quite knowledgeable and can help you find something.


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Old 03-14-2017, 07:03 AM
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I have bought generic and Dr. Scholl's. I also have a foot massager that has rollers and can vibrate that helped. I only occasionally have a problem now.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:04 AM
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My podiatrist made me some inserts for about $50--cheaper than the custom ones. They work great. My visit was covered by insurance, so I only paid for the inserts. Good shoes are important too. Don't skimp on your feet.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:12 AM
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Do your stretching exercises daily. Even stretch the foot while sitting watching TV and during the day if you're ever able to sit! I bought WalkFit inserts from the As Seen on TV section of CVS and other stores. They did the trick for me, along with massive amounts of Aleve.
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Old 03-14-2017, 07:36 AM
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The insert I had was inflatable in the arch area. It also had an ankle strap on it. Not very becoming, but it did the trick. Once the inflated part went down and I just blew it up like a little beach ball. After wearing it a month or more my foot was healed and it had been hurting for a year.

My foot doctor gave it to me.
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Old 03-14-2017, 08:10 AM
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I fixed my Plantar Fasciitis by using Vionic inserts (purchased in a two pack from QVC) in my shoes and wearing Birkenstock like shoes 95% of the time. I was grateful the inserts worked and they saved me a fair bit of money from having custom inserts made for me by a podiatrist. I can now wear flats again but I am careful not to wear them for long. My plantar faciaiits issues went on for a year and I never want to have it again! I also switched out my runners and stopped using gel runners. I have done so much better with the firmer insert in the Nike runners....no more Aisics for me.
I should add that Sketchers memory foam shoes made my feet worse, but Vionic shoes/sandals and Clarks all alleviated the pain.


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Old 03-14-2017, 08:25 AM
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I find it interesting that people have many different opinions about how to cure PF. My guess is that feet and arches are all different so what works is not the same for everyone.

My feet are flat and I have very little arch. My PF has been gone for over 7 years and this is what worked and didnt work for me. I started with expensive hard othotics from a podiatrist but they actually made my PF worse. Then I bought inexpensive and softer Spenco inserts available on Amazon, which worked wonders. That combined with losing weight and buying expensive shoes with cushion support did the trick for me. No more PF ever and now I can occasionally wear high heels, flats or flip flops. Oh...and I love my Asic running shoes!
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Old 03-14-2017, 10:38 AM
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When I start to notice a flare-up, first I ask myself is it time for new shoes? When my sneakers are worn, I get new ones (asaics). I also buy the Dr. Scholl shoe inserts. They seem to work well for me.

DH used the foot machine at Walmart and bought what it recommended. They were around $40-50. but he noticed an improvement right away.
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Old 03-14-2017, 11:36 AM
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I too have seen a podiatrist for probably 20 years, Off and on when it's at it's worst.I find it's a combination of things for me. Shoes with a strong arch although Birks work extremely well too, physician made orthotics in my walking/running shoes, loss of weight, exercises when PF flares, rolling a frozen bottle of ice under my foot. I can not wear flip flops, flats etc with no arch for any amount of time or I feel it returning.
Obviously, one size does not fit all when it comes to this!
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Old 03-14-2017, 11:46 AM
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I used a brace at night and it helped a lot.


This is the one I used.
http://www.futuro-usa.com/3M/en_US/f...4529207&rt=rud
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Old 03-14-2017, 12:07 PM
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For this post! My PF has been awful lately. I am researching these suggestions.
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Old 03-14-2017, 12:14 PM
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I had surgery for it one summer. But I keep my calves stretched and have vivonics and inserts that I wear.
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Old 03-14-2017, 01:00 PM
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I wear good shoes...Clarks, Ravenna DNA tennis shoes....I also do stretches and sometimes ice...

I think one of the biggest things that helped me were my inserts and the night splint. I wear one similar to this...
https://www.amazon.com/Plantar-Fasci...r%2Bwomen&th=1

and these inserts...
https://www.amazon.com/Powerstep-Pro...orthotics&th=1

Feel free to pm me if you'd like!
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:23 PM
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I use Spenco Orthitics - https://www.amazon.com/Spenco-Orthot...enco+orthotics

I also wear high end, high number New Balance running shoes with those orthotics every.single.day and my feet don't hurt.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:47 PM
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I have found that wearing Birkenstocks 95% of the time has almost cured my plantar fasciitis. I also wear them around the house if I am doing much standing and walking.

When I first went to buy Birkenstocks, they eased my pain almost instantly. It just felt right.
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:15 PM
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I also wear a slip-on Birkenstock at home as my "slippers."
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Old 03-14-2017, 05:33 PM
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I have orthotics from the podiatrist...$500......and I really can't tell the difference from the blue power step pro I have. I think they're $25 or so on Amazon. I have 3 pairs so I don't have to keep changing!! I bought Birkenstocks when I was diagnosed several years ago..someone recommended....they don't help me much. One pair isn't even comfortable on the top.(leather rubs) Hope you can find something!
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Old 03-14-2017, 06:50 PM
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I know several people in my circle of friends who had their PF cured by acupuncture. Pain free. Gone.

I don't have PF, but I know acu is the first thing I would try if I did.
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Old 03-15-2017, 05:53 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions. It does seem like some people find help with different things. I wear good running shoes to work every day. I think it is also worse this year because my breath school has tile instead of carpet.
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