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How I Cured my Foot Pain

Updated on November 3, 2014

No More Foot Pain for Me

I had foot pain in my heel and arch beginning in 2010. It got so bad that I had trouble walking. I bought new shoes, new insoles, and started doing foot stretches every day.

Now it's 2 years later and I don't have foot pain. I still do stretches every morning and buy new shoes and insoles about once a year.

I think I had Plantar Fasciitis and I think I've cured it, for the time being at least. I don't think this will work for everyone but it's sure an easy and cheap remedy, so here's information about what worked for me.

These are not my feet, so I need to give credit to bark on Flickr for the above Creative Commons licensed photo. Thank you.

Plantar Fasciitis pain is most commonly felt in the heel of the foot.
Plantar Fasciitis pain is most commonly felt in the heel of the foot.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

A common cause of foot pain.

The plantar fascia is a ligament that supports the arch of the foot. Inflammation of this ligament causes pain and the condition known as Plantar Fasciitis. The pain is most often felt in the heel, although sometimes it radiates to other areas of the foot.

The good news is that with non-surgical therapies (anti-inflammatory medicine, stretching, shoe inserts), most people improve within 1 year. The bad news is that it can take a long time for improvement - at least 6-8 weeks and sometimes 9-12 months!

Not sure if this is what you have? Learn about other causes of foot pain.

The Foot Stretch I've Been Doing - I try to do this 3 times a day. Most importantly, I always do this before I get out of bed in the morning

Click for Step-by-Step Directions on how to do this stretch.
Click for Step-by-Step Directions on how to do this stretch.

Click here for detailed instructions.

I just love this stretch. It is easy to do and improvement was seen after only doing it for a couple of days. Consistency is the key. I have to remember to do this stretch before standing up in the morning. I also try to do it sometime in the afternoon and also before going to bed. If I've been sitting for a long time, I will also try to do it before standing up.

It definitely reduced my foot pain. So far it hasn't gone away 100% but on some days I hardly feel any pain at all. I think I just have to be patient and keep at it.

Before I started doing this stretch, my foot pain was so bad one evening that I could hardly walk on my foot. Now, I only notice foot pain when I try to walk fast, but at normal walking speed I feel pretty good. I do want to be able to walk fast again (maybe even run) so I don't consider my foot pain solved, but I will do all I can to stop this chronic pain!

I also got a Kitchen Mat - Another small change I made

Imprint Cumulus9 Kitchen Mat Nantucket Series 20 in. x 36 in. x 5/8 in. Cinnamon (5200)
Imprint Cumulus9 Kitchen Mat Nantucket Series 20 in. x 36 in. x 5/8 in. Cinnamon (5200)

One other change I made, is I bought a cushioned mat for my feet. I spend a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and washing dishes, and now I stand on a mat instead of the hard floor. I think it might be making a difference. When I do walk on a lot of concrete - like at the grocery store - my feet don't seem to like it.

 

Spenco PolySorb Total Support Premium Insole - These are the insoles I wear

Spenco Total Support Original Insole, Women's 11-12.5/Men's 10-11.5
Spenco Total Support Original Insole, Women's 11-12.5/Men's 10-11.5

I've bought these at least 4 times now. I keep buying the same insole because it works for me. This insole has extra cushioning in the heel and arch support. They usually cost me $20-25 but it's sure worth it.

 

ASICS Women's Gel-Pace Walker Shoe - These are the shoes I like for support

ASICS Women's Gel-Pacewalker,
ASICS Women's Gel-Pacewalker,

My favorite type of shoe is an Asics Walking or Running shoe with the "DuoMax Support System" which is in the Solyte midsole and has a Trusstic System shank to deliver excellent support. The first pair of shoes I spent about $100 on them, but recently have been fortunate to find them on sale for under $50... The support system really does help!

 
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Dr. Peter Wishnie explains plantar fasciitis foot pain and its treatment. - The Best Video Explanation I've Seen!

Be sure to watch Part 2 also.

How to Tape Your Foot to Prevent it From Hurting - I haven't tried this yet, but if my pain comes back, I'll sure give it a try

Shoes to reduce foot pain? - Earth Footware might be worth a try!

I can't attest personally to these. However, I am seriously considering buying a pair of Earth shoes. The prices vary, so shop around. You might find a good price on a new pair on ebay (see below).

What have you done for foot pain? - Or just let me know that you stopped by... I love hearing from my readers!

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    • canhealth profile image

      canhealth 

      4 years ago

      They've come out with some real good shoes to help with foot pain. Awesome lens!

    • BusyQueen profile image

      BusyQueen 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your knowledge. I hope this helps others :)

    • hotbrain profile imageAUTHOR

      hotbrain 

      6 years ago from Tacoma, WA

      @anonymous: I'm sorry that it hasn't gotten better for you :( There must be different causes or different degrees of severity.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      I have tried everything you have and mixh mode plus 3 rounds of PT with different therapists and shockwave therapy. I'm still in agony in BOTH feet after 3 years. I worked so hard at recovering from PF and it has been a wasted effort. There's nothing for me mow but the surgeons knife. I am terrified of it but am out of options and I can't go on this way. I am not fat and i amnot old. All of you people who have recovered from PF naturally are the luckiest people on the face of the earth. You should thank God every day for the rest of your lives for His mercy. I am living in hell. and all I did was walk barefoot in my new house for the 2 summer months 3 years ago. If only I had heard of PF I never would have done it. My former residence was all carpeted and there was no ceramic tile in kitchen or bath and no hardwood floors.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      Flooring is important to the overall look of the kitchen - and so is comfort. I highly recommend the WellnessMats you mentioned!. You are standing all the time in the kitchen, so you might as well be comfortable. These highly decorative, durable mats are great for your feet and you'll never want to move off of them!

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      Odille Rault 

      6 years ago from Gloucester

      Very interesting lens. I used to have really bad foot pain, but changing the type of shoes I wear has made all the difference. I make sure that most of my time is spent in comfortable, supportive shoes, and only wear heels occasionally. Blessed. :)

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      MamaRuth 

      7 years ago

      I too use the stretching exercises...these do seem to help. I also notice that the shoes I wear do matter. Some shoes cause me a problem if I wear them a couple of days in a row.

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      lasertek lm 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for the information. Usually I take pain killers & apply liniment on my aching foot.

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      pcgamehardware 

      7 years ago

      I wear work boots at my day job all day and sometimes I get feet pain.

      Thanks for the great information.

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      Sue Mah 

      7 years ago from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

      Great information which i will pass on to y friend who has just started having this problem. Blessed by an Angel!

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      Penny Pincher G 

      7 years ago

      Very helpful. I think my father may have this. I wish there was a way to print it out to show him. Angel Blessed!

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