Patient Comments: Plantar Fasciitis - Treatment

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What treatment was effective for your plantar fasciitis? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Michele, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: October 27

My husband and I both developed plantar fasciitis, walking a lot on our honeymoon. I went to physiotherapy, did special exercises, and it helped some. An integrative-medicine doctor suggested I take up to 4,000 mg of omega 3 (fish oil) tablets daily for osteoarthritis in my hip. Lo and behold, my plantar fasciitis went away! Totally unexpected. So my husband started taking the fish oil, 1000 mg/day, and his went away too. I asked the doctor how this could be, and she said we must have had a deficit of omega 3.

Comment from: Ruchika, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: May 20

I had plantar fasciitis for 2 years. I tried most things from custom insoles to expensive shoes to foot cast to massage to using golf ball to exercise, but nothing helped until I lost a few pounds and I started yoga. Stretching calves, hamstrings, glutes, lower back muscles and hip joints. It’s a whole range of muscles that run from the sole of the foot to the back. My plantar fasciitis has not come and I continue to do my stretches.

Comment from: PFcure, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I got plantar fasciitis (PF) from wearing thin bottomed ballet flats for walks and errands around my neighborhood, almost daily for about 2 months. My feet hurt in the morning but were better later in the day. I was cured by putting rebounding Poron foam under the ball of foot inserted into my shoes, plus an additional piece under the heel. The inserts are for high heels, but they worked perfectly for my ballet flats. My PF pain was completely gone after one week of cushioning.

Comment from: Mandie W-D, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: July 19

I think I have tried everything. I have plantar fasciitis in both feet, but my left one is worse, for over 2 years now. I have tried the straps, inserts, injections, stretches, physical therapy, different (expensive) shoes and surgery on both feet. None of it has worked. I'm at a loss as to what to do next.

Comment from: Alicia, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 25

I visited my chiropractor and he suggested ultrasound therapy for my plantar fasciitis. I agreed to try. When they started using the therapy, I thought to myself this isn’t doing anything and I’ve wasted my money. But to my surprise it worked! Over 15 years later haven’t had a problem since.

Comment from: Pkos, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 17

No treatment has been effective so far for my plantar fasciitis. I also wake up with a cramp on top my foot that wakes me up in the middle of the night. Wonder if it has anything to do with my aching feet.

Comment from: Mary, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 12

I had painful plantar fasciitis for more than a year. I was found to have a low vitamin D level on routine blood work. After 2 weeks of taking a vitamin D supplement the pain surprisingly went away and has never returned. I continue to take a vitamin D supplement daily.

Comment from: Gerry B., 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 04

I tried a bunch of different orthotics for my plantar fasciitis (PF), custom hard ones, custom soft ones, ones from the grocery store, etc. Some worked, some didn't. The hard custom insoles were painful and helped the PF a little but felt like they caused other pains. The soft custom insoles were amazingly comfortable but they were so big that they only allowed me to wear athletic shoes. The insoles from the grocery store like Dr. Scholl’s and Profoot were ok, but not quite enough support like my custom insoles. Then after some online searching I found a brand called Soul Insole. They are really the best because they give lots of support and comfort and they fit into my nicer looking shoes and flip flops as well as my Skechers Memory cushion sneakers. In addition to the insoles I found success with magnesium, vitamins and getting foot massages on a regular basis.

Comment from: Bluesfish, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: December 28

I went to a walk-in-clinic (no pun intended) a few years ago with plantar fasciitis and the doctor had me do the following. Set up two bowls or buckets, one with ice and water, as cold as I could tolerate and another with water as hot as I could stand. Then soak the offending foot in one for about a minute and switch to the other. Back and forth every minute for 20 minutes. Do this 3 or 4 times a day for a week. By the 2nd day I could drive again, my clutch foot was the offending member. By day 4 the pain and symptoms were 95 percent gone. After day 5 I stopped treatment and never looked back.

Comment from: Justaguy, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 24

I had plantar fasciitis. I went to a podiatrist who took a mould of both my feet and then gave me hard plastic insoles specially designed to fit just my feet. Pain stopped in about a week. Natural arch came back in a few months. I have been wearing them continuously in any shoes I wear and have not had any problems for the last ten years.

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Comment from: herold, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

I have had plantar fasciitis for almost nine months. I went and brought night splints, tried the cortisone shots, and I was still in pain.

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