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post #31 of 36
A tennis ball works also!
post #32 of 36
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She's been using a golf ball (from the freezer, so it's cold), but it's still hanging on. I'll look up this ball at EMS. Thanks...
post #33 of 36
This is not going to help with the cure, but I thought I might share some "insiders info. " A number of years ago I attended a focus group at an IDEA Convention. The group was conducted by a major athletic shoe manufacturer, whose name shall not be mentioned.

Group fitness instructors were complaining that many of our students were suddenly developing plantar facilitis. The rep paused for a few moments, and then said, "Well, I really should not tell you this, and keep in mind that we are not the only comapny who is doing this, but we used to make shoes with cushioning that would last up to eight months. However, that was not financially feasible. Now, the support system will wear out after three months. We sell more shoes that way."

Considering that the price of athletic shoes has increased significantly, that is outrageous. However, there are athletic inserts you can insert, so that you don't have to spend $100 every few months!
post #34 of 36
RE: cheap sneakers

I wouldn't doubt it. You can always get those gel inserts at the pharmacy too.
post #35 of 36
Originally Posted by moguljunkie View Post
No. For exercise, was biking, swimming, and running in the pool. Tried various techniques to heal the PF -- rolling foot on golf ball/tennis ball, night splint, etc. Finally, the acupuncture worked for me like a charm. From what I've read, most people try a number of things and then one thing seems to work for them. This could mean a number of things, including possibly that: 1) everyone's injury is slightly different and responds to a different form of treatment; 2) by the time you hit on something that works, the foot was probably just ready to heal up anyway; 3) there could be some psychological factor involved when you try something that you have faith will work.

It healed up last year before ski season (thank God!) and, since the spring, I've gradually gone from walking around the house barefoot more and more each day along with wearing flip flops most of the time when out and about to very short jogs barefoot on grass (starting at about 2 minutes) along with runs on trails in flat racing shoes (starting at about ten minutes). I pronate a great deal and my arches collapse when I step, but I've noticed that everything in my foot is getting stronger and I even have a more pronounced arch that is getting more stable when my foot lands. So, thus far, I've been very happy going the non-orthotic, non-never-go-barefoot route (note that I went the traditional route when I had PF once before a few years ago, but I was never entirely convinced that making my feet more dependent on shoes and artificial means of support was a great, long-term idea).
Your approach works for you but I see a lot of weekend warriors with some generous love handles that would not respond to this. Age and the
change in our collagen over time is another factor for this. Each situation requires combinations of different solutions.

Ben Pearl, DPM
post #36 of 36
There has been some research that has shown that training barefoot has injury prevention benefits. For example, martial artists have the lowest incidence of ACL injury. Back in the 80s' aerobic shoes had so much anti- pronation support that they felt like dead weight. Since I did not pronate, I found it useless and annoying.

BTW, there has also been some research about putting infants in baby shoes too early, and putting them on the Jolly Jumpers. Apparently, doing so keeps them from developing the correct muscles in their feet, which will set them up for injury later in life.
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