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Plantar Fasciitis - Winter shoes (need advice)

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Hi,
I got Plantar Fasciitis, the pain is on the arch (both feet), I got custom insoles.

1. How long does it normally take to recover/cure from Plantar Fasciitis? any extra advice will always be helpful! and Do's and Dont's?
2. Could you still ski if having Plantar Fasciitis?
3. I will be working in a restaurant on the Pist (Zermatt), could any body recommend a good shoes for waiters with Plantar Fasciitis?


Thank you!
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1. I've had it over a decade Very Happy
2. yes you can, this pair of boots have custom footbeds, before that I was fine with without them, is its bad Google Low Dye Taping, if you are renting boots, if not get some custom insoles
3. I use off the shelf insoles , most are half sole, I have Superfeet Green in my walking boots (Cotswold Outdoors supplied them), I also like Sole Insoles, the have various times and you can heat them in the oven for a better fit, www.yoursole.co.uk, I use the active thin, you may want more padding so they do a casual, you will need to remove the inner sole from the shoe.

Hope that helps, I'm not a waiter , just a fellow suffer

Edit:
I have a pair of these bought in Austria, that I wear without any special insoles, just as bought, quite a few waiters seem to wear them too, https://www.dolomite.it/global/en/product/dolomite-54-low-fg-gtx-shoe?article=2479591077010
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@Manual, I've had PF on and off for 3 years - it's one of those things that you often have to manage in the long term.

In terms of recovery, 2 things helped me: 1. Stretching, 2. Strengthening. Both are equally important, be rigorous in your program. Loads of resources on the internet, you'll find over time what works for you. Don't neglect the strengthening...

Skiing is one thing that causes no problem as there's no heel strike which is what causes the sharp pain in the affected area.

In terms of footwear, what you really need is an appointment with a podiatrist to assess whether you need corrective orthotics... In the absence of that, superfeet type insoles may be helpful. I only had a minor pronation issue but corrective orthotic insoles helped me a lot.

One last thing - PF pain is normally where the heel meets the arch, rather than on the arch itself - have you actually been diagnosed with PF?
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I had it for over a year, skiing was great it made it go away temporarily, what fixed it was better shoes and exercise, after I started running during lock down it started to get better, I then got new running trainers and walking shoes and it has now gone.

I tried physio, I tried foam rolling, whilst helped it didn’t fix the issue.

My physio said I don’t have as much movement in my ankles as I should which could be the cause.

I suspect the constant flexing whilst skiing helps that and combined with weight loss from running and new shoes has reduced the issue further.
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Another recommendation for ProFeet-type insoles.
My physio also recommended hard massage on the length of the plantar morning and night in order to stretch it.
I used a small wallpaper joint roller in order to get increased pressure.
Tip - in order to avoid that painful stabbing feeling when first putting the foot to the floor in the morning, I put my insoles in my slippers and left them by the bed so that my first step had a supported arch.
Took me 6 to 9 months to cure it and I have been clear for 3 years.
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+1 for decent insoles in slippers for when you get out of bed. I'm of an age where I need to get up in the night, and I think it definitely helps to have arch support for a floppy foot.
I have a knobbly roller thing which feels as though it helps but it's hard to be sure.
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red 27 wrote:
@Manual, I've had PF on and off for 3 years - it's one of those things that you often have to manage in the long term.

In terms of recovery, 2 things helped me: 1. Stretching, 2. Strengthening. Both are equally important, be rigorous in your program. Loads of resources on the internet, you'll find over time what works for you. Don't neglect the strengthening...

Skiing is one thing that causes no problem as there's no heel strike which is what causes the sharp pain in the affected area.

In terms of footwear, what you really need is an appointment with a podiatrist to assess whether you need corrective orthotics... In the absence of that, superfeet type insoles may be helpful. I only had a minor pronation issue but corrective orthotic insoles helped me a lot.

One last thing - PF pain is normally where the heel meets the arch, rather than on the arch itself - have you actually been diagnosed with PF?


Thank you for the tips m8 everyone Madeye-Smiley
Yes Im diagnosed with PF, the pain is on the arch near the heel.
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Little Martin wrote:
I had it for over a year, skiing was great it made it go away temporarily, what fixed it was better shoes and exercise, after I started running during lock down it started to get better, I then got new running trainers and walking shoes and it has now gone.

I tried physio, I tried foam rolling, whilst helped it didn’t fix the issue.

My physio said I don’t have as much movement in my ankles as I should which could be the cause.

I suspect the constant flexing whilst skiing helps that and combined with weight loss from running and new shoes has reduced the issue further.

Hi! Thank you and everyone Madeye-Smiley


I dont have flat feet, i got diagnosed after using flat foot shoes for 2 weeks walking 20km a day, i didnt know what it was and thought the pain will go away, i went hitch-hiking for 10 days. and then running every two days even when I started waking up with pain in my feet yet still went running every 2 days. I looked on google and was suprised that PF could be severe if not treated (hopefully not)
I went to an expert, and received my custom insoles a week ago, i have another appointment in 1 month, to adjust the insoles again, my left ankle leans a bit slightly to the left while walking which will be checked again in one month!

I do roll my feet on iced bottled 2 times a day and do stretching, my feet are getting better day by day, however reliefing the pain does not mean they have cured xD

Im an active person but my expert advised that i could only start jogging in 1 week and gradually-meaning slowly and improving day by day.

Will jogging help cure PF? As it adds pressure on the heel shouldnt it be avoided?

My PF pain is on the arch.

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I don't know if running was a cure or just helped as it aided weight loss, but could just be movement freeing up my joints - I'm doing up to 15k now and no pain (apart from muscle and knees!)

I did a lot of reading on footwear and what was good for PF and decided to replace so now I have:

I have a pair of:

https://www.oofos.co.uk/collections/men/products/mens-ooahh-sport-flex-black

for in the house

For walking (have dogs walk a lot!)

https://www.startfitness.co.uk/merrell-moab-2-ventilator-mens-walking-shoes-grey-j06015.html

For running:

https://www.saucony.com/UK/en_GB/hurricane-22/43064M.html

For muddy running:

https://www.sportsdirect.com/merrell-peak-flex-3-trainers-mens-189055

I definitely notice now when I'm not wearing footwear with the same support
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Had it, made skiing agony.

Stopped wearing rigger boots in work, and started using proper heavy lace up safety boots.
Lost weight.

Went back to factory insoles in ski boots (Head)

Had flare ups over about five years, not fun.
Losing weight and better footware made a difference.
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If the pain is in the arch then without stretching the plantar/ foot and lower leg chain (ie serious long term stretching as in months) including the anterior tibialis.... then your buying into hope below .
Doing no physical work and only dropping your credit card on insoles is a four letter outcome .....Hope .


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I have struggled with Plantar Fasciitis for a bit, but I found these socks helped a ton.
https://getrelief.feetures.com/?gclid=CjwKCAjwrKr8BRB_EiwA7eFaphsRuitab9_IxiAJQ9j-0vfkZChdJmB_Fjq_3mdgyGBOsKVQuR1K1BoComwQAvD_BwE

I wear these socks almost exclusively when I know I'm going to be on my feet.
Another thing I did was go to a PT and get some excercises that stretch my leg all the way from my lower back to my foot. If I do these excercises religously the PF doesn't come back.
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My husband has suffered with this quite a bit. Insoles in all his shoes helped but the game changer was Birkenstock Zermatt slippers worn at home on our hard wood and stone floors.
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@Skimum1, Hi Skimum. Was it the Birkenstocks with the soft or hard insole? Thanks.
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Hi @Matt1959, he has standard footbed:
https://www.birkenstock.com/gb/zermatt-wool-felt/zermatt-cozyhome-woolfelt-0-latex-u_523.html
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@Skimum1, Thanks!
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@Skimum1,

Thank you for recommendation, I’m just ordering some Zermatt slippers now .
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Hope they work for you guys too! He did keep up his physio exercises, and still wears insoles in his outdoor shoes too, but it had worsened so much during lockdown (spending much more time at home on the hard floors) the slippers have seemed to crack it. Touch wood!
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The underlying mechanical issue is usually tight calves causing abnormal loading of the structures under the heel due to a fixed calcaneum.

Lots and lots of calf stretching, night socks off Amazon and two five minute wedge stands a day usually sort it out over a couple of months.
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Highly recommend Oofos recovery sandals. I wear them all the time at home. I do have insoles in my work shoes as I am on my feet all day too but the Oofos have pretty much eliminated my pf. I have never suffered whilst skiing though.
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I had plantar faciitis and still find myself cautious about it returning.
What helped me is a combination of things.

Stretching the muscles from the hip to the feet. I had a Physical Therapist help me with that.

Lay on your stomach and do superman stretches getting the most range of motion you can from your leg.

I also got Features socks to wear if I'm going to be on my feet a lot.
These socks are pricy but worth every penny.
http://getrelief.feetures.com/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwlvT8BRDeARIsAACRFiW7cP3UgDoPCjtfAKTqZY1ruMLUJ1ea9ImGocoefehn9Kh15k9iD1IaAvo2EALw_wcB
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I've had it for more than 10 years. I couldn't stand for long periods (crap when you're lecturer and on your feet all day) and found even walking 1/2 a mile excruciating.
Initially I saw a podiatrist and had orthotics prescribed. When these wore out, I bought new ones online that were the same brand.
I have to wear them in my shoes every day, and like @Skimum1, said, I wear Birkenstock clog slippers at home as these have a firm sole with enough lift for me to keep the pain at bay.
I now buy new pairs annually and fit a pair in to my ski boots, or any sport shoes. Never had a problem skiing related to the PF.
I also have found some flip-flops (Pro II Wellbeing) that have enough lift in them to wear in summer as wearing anything pancake flat brings the PF back.

With shoes, what you might find is that if you get an orthotic, the volume fills the shoe. It is a bummer if you want to wear sandals (no heel counter at the back to keep the orthotic in) or low slip on shoes. Best to have something that will accommodate the volume of the orthotic and your foot. It means you have to try stuff on to find out.

I probably should stretch, but the orthotics worked for me. I know they dont always work for everyone. I know it hasn't gone, but I am happy with the solution I have.
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