Plantar Fasciitis

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I believe I have PF, but have not been to a doctor.  I am an avid runner and am wondering how long I would have to stop running for PF to get better.  Are there any other runners out there that took time off to let it heal, and if so, what kind of exercise did you do in the meantime?

Thanks for any advice.

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Great to hear your back... we'll done.

I hear so much contradicting information.  Stretch/don't stretch.  It would be great if the medical field could figure out the best, quickest way to fix this injury for everyone across the board.  

Hi Mark. How did the surgery go? I hope you have been recovering well. Let us know :)

It's better to wait until it heals. You can use weights or swimming during that period of time. 

Hi. I am suffering from PF and I am planning to visit a chiropodist in Mississauga soon. The pain in the heel due to prolonged standing and walking could be the symptom of PF. I think it is better to seek medical help soon in your case. I am not sure whether you would be able to run soon. I have read a blog which explains about it in detail. I would like to share it with you.

Best thing in the morning is to do calf and heel stretches and wear a shoe with a wedge. Don't walk bare footed ever! Take the steroid shots in the foot. May take 3 to 5 trips to the podiatrist but it works. Been dealing with pf about 20yrs. It will come back. It did move to the other foot. Same treatment and doing pretty good.

I've had plantar fasciitis twice now. The first time it took a few months to heal and I wore orthotics even after it was healed. The second time was a nightmare - it was after I completed the London marathon. I tried 3 different types of orthotics and it didn't help. In the end, complete rest (from running!) for 6 months was the only thing that helped. I gradually started running again (with well cushioned trainers) and have been clear of it for 5 years.

 Supportive shoes do help to get relief from pf, but it takes time...

I would strongly advise anyone with heel pain to see a Podiatrist and get treated.  PF is very hard to treat successfully, and if you postpone treatment you will increase the chances of the condition becoming chronic.  That's what happened to me, and believe me you do not want to go there!  My story at the following link.  I'm also a runner.

Suffering from plantar fasciitis for over a year made shopping for shoe a difficult task. I had read about Orthofeet and thought I would take a gamble. They are by far the BEST shoe for me. I had cleared my pain up over the winter months and was ready to get back into my walking routine. I bought my Orthofeet and absolutely LOVE them. Can walk three miles and have no pain afterwards. My walking shoes have turned into my working shoes. I will order another pair as soon as I have time to look and decide.

What shoe or orthotic works for you may not work for someone else.  In my case I have flat feet and need very strong arch support.  You won't get that in a standard shoe.  People with foot problems should see a podiatrist before deciding on footwear.  It's critically important, especially if you suffer from Plantar Fasciitis.

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