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Plantar Fasciitis Supplements

#1
I have got Plantar Fasciitis, and it hurts like hell. About a month or so ago, I went to see a podiatrist who scanned my feet and did some tests. Apparently I was walking like a spaz, so now have orthotic inserts (over 300 quids worth) and have been wearing them for about 3 weeks, but my heel still bloody hurts.
I have heard of a supplement, mostly taken by those body building types, and apparently it is pretty good at repairing tendons and the the like. It is called Super Cissus. Has anyone heard of it, and if so, is it any good. If not, are there any other supplements/vitamins that might help with repairing tendons?
 
#3
I stretch my foot before I get out of bed in the morning, and it helps a bit. I have heard that the night splints are as uncomfortable as hell, but worth a go you reckon?
 
#4
I found by taping my foot up with zink oxide tape it held the pain off when I run.
Got the method on youtube it just stops my foot over stretching and sorta holds my arch up, if I can find the link I will stick it up here for ya
 
#5
Get some 500mls of mineral water in round bottles and then freeze them - Then put them under the soles of your feet and roll backwards and forwards - This has definately helped me. You can also get two large plastic bowls and fill one with hot and one with cold water and put the foot /feet in hot for two mins and the cold for two mins - five times each. This really boosts the circulation which helps healing.

Oh and see a good physio - not a podiatrist.
 
#6
See a doc.

Supplements are tits...well not complete tits but a poor second to proper medical help, if you have done yourself a nasty the doc will be able to prescribe an actual drug that works.

Cortizone?
 
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#8
I had this and it does hurt like hell. I used to roll a golf ball under my foot or those spikes balls you put in a tumble drier help too. I was referred to a podiatrist by the physio, was issued orthotics and a couple of weeks later all sorted.
 
#9
Heard about the cortizone and want to avoid that like the plague......am allergic to pain you see!
your PF obviously isn't that bad yet then. I volunteered for cortisone - three times before the doc finally got the right spot. yep, it's ******* agony for a few minutes - but when your PF gets to the point that you're in agony every day, you'll be happy to do it. 3rd time cleared mine up for ever.
 
#11
To be honest, it is ******* agony most of the time. Am overseas at the moment, so cannot see a physio or anything yet. If cortizone is the way forward, and it works, I would go for it. Ordered one of those night splints as advised by Fat Driver and will give it a go. Will try and get to my GP on my return and see what he recommends.
 
#12
Had the injection myself and despite the physio missing 3 times and injecting into various places in my foot its definetly worth having after 1/2 hour i was pain free. tried all the splints, boot, night time boots etc!
 
#13
Calf stretches alleviated the pain in mine and so did keeping up running, if I have a couple of days off it seems to get worse and I've found neutral cushioned shoes work best. Luckily for me I've only had it as a civvy so I was able to select less hilly routes- hills seemed to exacerbate it, and I've slowed down. I figured that I'd rather run slower than not at all. I also have a good stretch first thing in the morning. Several people recommended using a night splint.
 
#14
your PF obviously isn't that bad yet then. I volunteered for cortisone - three times before the doc finally got the right spot. yep, it's ******* agony for a few minutes - but when your PF gets to the point that you're in agony every day, you'll be happy to do it. 3rd time cleared mine up for ever.

Ive had this for a good few years and night splint not worked. have found gritting teeth only thing when tabbing. Did hear that cortosone only took the pain away for a limited time so interesting to hear it actually heals it. Can you shed some more info on this. Is it easily available?

Also heard that pf comes with a heel spur which often agravated tendon.
 
#15
I have got Plantar Fasciitis, and it hurts like hell. About a month or so ago, I went to see a podiatrist who scanned my feet and did some tests. Apparently I was walking like a spaz, so now have orthotic inserts (over 300 quids worth) and have been wearing them for about 3 weeks, but my heel still bloody hurts.
I have heard of a supplement, mostly taken by those body building types, and apparently it is pretty good at repairing tendons and the the like. It is called Super Cissus. Has anyone heard of it, and if so, is it any good. If not, are there any other supplements/vitamins that might help with repairing tendons?
I'd give the orthotic inserts a bit longer, 3 weeks is not a long time relatively speaking, especially if your condition had got to the chronic stage. I also have inserts to deal with Plantar Faciitis and mine have made a massive difference. Having said that though, i was on to it early doors after seeing a mate of mine wait for a long time before seeking professional help with his and have far more problems than i did. My mate has tried a range of stuff with his but i've not heard of a supplement that helped.
He wears the night splint and i think that did help. I guess it's a case of trying a number of approaches and finding the ones that work for you.
 
#16
Ive had this for a good few years and night splint not worked. have found gritting teeth only thing when tabbing. Did hear that cortosone only took the pain away for a limited time so interesting to hear it actually heals it. Can you shed some more info on this. Is it easily available?

Also heard that pf comes with a heel spur which often agravated tendon.
i had a bone spur which irritated / caused it on my right foot. they refused to operate because the doc said that scar tissue from an op could cause similar irritation so there was no point. i was given the option of signing off, or grin and bear it.

cortosone was administered by the physio on first two occasions, but missed the spot both times. if they don't get it spot on, you will get relief for about a month (starting 3-4 days after the injection) but nothing permanent. the third time was a doctor and he obviously hit the spot, because it disappeared for ever. not a hint of it since.

the injection itself is excruciating though. the physio told me it was the second most painful injection spot after the achilles tendon. they actually go in through the side of the heel and have to inject it right at the base, where the plantar fascia joins the heelbone. the needle looked about 5mm thick and the gelatenous substance inside looked like it would fill an egg. whats worst is that they actually jiggle the needle around when it's stuck in, so that they can spread the cortosone around to increase the likelihood of hitting the correct spot. it's like being stuck with a mini-bayonet and then tortured by some ****** wiggling it to maximise the pain.

the physio laid across my legs to administer my injections; the med centre was blue with profanity the first time, i can tell you. when i walked out into the waiting room afterwards, there were a bunch of startled looking sapper phase 2s who had heard me screaming and cursing the physio, then apologising profusely, then cursing her again etc. this was even with the pillow she gave me to bite (no duff lol).

the fact that i voluntarily had this procedure attempted two more times should indicate the level of daily pain experienced with this condition, and the desperation to get rid of it.

in short: cortosone is a wee bit painful, but worth it if you want a chance to get rid of PF for ever. if you're put off by the description, you're obviously not in enough pain yet :)
 
#17
I have had this for a couple of years now and find that Cortisone injections will work, but don't go to your doctor for one , I think mine was related to Mengele, and for the amount of pain the from the injection , the relief only lasted a couple of days.
The problem is that to get to the right place to put the cortisone the medic needs to wiggle the needle about a bit, obviously this would involve severe gritting of teeth etc,I went to a podiatrist who locally anesthatised the heel which gave him time to find the spot and left me with no pain, which lasted for up to 2 months. Three injections later and i'm now virtually pain free.
As an aside I found that crocs were the most comfortable footwear during my pain days.
 
#18
Had it a couple of years ago. Try sticking your feet post run on a bag of frozen peas for 10 minutes. I was sceptical but it did help reduce swelling.
Also do you wear slippers in the house? I had floorboards and bare feet - recipe for no healing. Stick slippers on at all times no matter how old you feel. I usually wear decent trekking sandals at home now.
Get a foot rolling device - even a rolling pin will do. It does make a difference.
Also, if you run lots, try running less. I found i was doing several 5 mile plus runs per week. Dropping to a couple of 4 mile runs made a difference on my feet, giving tgem time to heal.
 
#19
Mine is there all the time, worse in morning and during exercise when feet take a pounding. Think the needle could be interesting haha. I have been told that if i have the heel spur removed it may stop the tendon being aggravated but others have said it can lead to infection of the bone.

So any idea on cost for a pod to administer the injection???

Funny thing is the ex got it same time as i did, but managed to shake it off....bitch :)
 
#20
your PF obviously isn't that bad yet then. I volunteered for cortisone - three times before the doc finally got the right spot. yep, it's ******* agony for a few minutes - but when your PF gets to the point that you're in agony every day, you'll be happy to do it. 3rd time cleared mine up for ever.
What he said. 1st time didn't really work. 2nd time did and was pain free for months.

cortosone was administered by the physio on first two occasions, but missed the spot both times. if they don't get it spot on, you will get relief for about a month (starting 3-4 days after the injection) but nothing permanent. the third time was a doctor and he obviously hit the spot, because it disappeared for ever. not a hint of it since.
I wouldn't quite go that far in my case but not far off. Definitely worth a punt or 2.
 

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