4 Dec 06
Oh dear you do have my sympathy caramello. This condition is thought to be linked to being overweight, walking on hard surfaces, wearing shoes with little or no arch support, and inactivity. It can result in a heel spur on the calcaneus, although it is not the spur itself which produces the pain. The Doctor recommended that I avoided open-back shoes, sandals, and thongs/flip-flops. Of course he also said I should lose weight but you know how these things go - not well. LOL In the end, I had a local injection of some sort of cortisone/steroid which gave me permanent relief but apparently does not work for everyone. It was very painful once the local anesthetic wore off, but despite that I am pleased that I did have it done and have now been pain free for 2 years. Now fingers are crossed.
5 Dec 06
Well ossie, have spent endless amounts of money on Physio, proper shoes, Orthotics and wear ankle supports from the time I get up! And of course my biggest hurdle at the moment is losing weight, not so easy for someone who has never had a weight problem until the dreaded middle-age weight gain. And with Christmas being just around the corner, what hope do I have! lol Thank-you for your response.
• United States
3 Dec 06
This is quite a painful thing to experience. I have had it in the past and didn't do anything about it. I was afraid that my doctor would say it was due to my weight. Later on while employed for a medical company I found that what helps is splinting the foot so it is in a neutral position. Also wearing rigid arch supports in your shoes is helpful. You can buy the splints online. They are called Night Splints. Some insurances will pay for them with a prescription from a physician. Check it out. good luck!
3 Dec 06
I have to agree with you about being painful, and having it in both feet makes it even worse. The weight factor has come into it, as I thought it would, and I am "trying" to lose some, but with Christmas coming up may not be that easy! As for the splints, tried to buy them on-line, but they do not ship to Australia, so have been given the name of an Orthotic place where I will be going to have a look at, they may have some there. Thank-you for your response.