I guess we all respond differently to treatment. I had a really bad case in
my left foot about eight years ago, which lasted two years. Two cortisone
shots combined with all the other treatments listed finally cured it.
I've got a dose in my other foot now, and Ibuprofen (2400 mg./day) combined
with rest hardly helped at all. My doctor gave me a cortisone shot a month
ago, a temporary arch support to wear 24 hrs/day, and a prescription for an
anti-inflammatory called Lodine XL (1000 mg./day), and the improvement has
been dramatic. Almost, but not quite a total cure, so I guess more rest.
etc. is indicated. I have a pair of custom orthotics, and he told me not to
start wearing them until AFTER I get cured.
My philosophy is to attack it with everything available, including soft
shoes, arch support, heel cushioning, stretching, medication, a maximum of
three cortisone shots, ice, rest, massage, beer, stretching, and malt
whisky, and hope for the quickest possible cure. As Adriana said, the longer
you have it, the harder it is to get rid of.
If an activity hurts, even very slightly and briefly, don't do it, and that
includes barefoot trips to the bathroom at night.
Waynesville, North Carolina, USA
From: adriana linden <email@example.com>
Date: Saturday, November 25, 2000 11:19 AM
Subject: Re: Plantar Fascitis
>Re: plantar fascitis & cortizone... > >Beware any physician that suggests cortizone shots ... if they work, >the effect is not permanent. A maximum of 4 shots is indicated, but >with each shot, you are WEAKENING the tissue. IE: it is a short term >solution to deal with symptoms, that has undesireable after affects. >Rest, controlled targetted stretching, anti-inflammatories (Advil, if >you don't have any kidney problems, is excellent), orthotics, weight >loss, icing after any activity, and PATIENCE (the hard one for most of >us!) are the best treatments. For me, electric stimulation of the >affected area was very beneficial. Remember that the rule of thumb is >that if plantar f. is not treated within 1 year, it will probably never >go away. > >One who has been there... > >Adriana Linden >Monteal, QC > >--- XxxxxxxxXX@xxx.xxx wrote: >> I have had plantar facsitis, and found that cortizone, rest, and >> anti-inflammatories did not help. The answer was orthothotic >> inserts, >> custom-made; they cost somewhere around $300, but my HMO paid for >> them. >> Instant relief. >> >> DOUG SCHNEIDER >> Valley Park, Missouri