Help me heal my heel!
August 13, 2012 9:00 PM Subscribe
Will my plantar fasciitis (plus heel spur/bursitis) keep me on the sidelines now that I finally get a shot at having my own life? How do I cope with this as an unemployed/uninsured overweight person who has no choice but to be on their feet all day?
posted by Mael Oui to Health & Fitness (33 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I have read extensively about home treatments for plantar fasciitis. I know the first thing to do is stay off your feet. In my current situation (as caretaker) I have no choice but to be on my feet (off and on) for about 12 hours a day. I know the fact that I'm incredibly overweight caused the problem (along with wearing shoes that didn't provide proper support). I bought a better pair of shoes and I'm satisfied with how they feel, but the damage has already been done. I'm not seeing any improvement. I try to sit as much as possible, but every day the heel pain is there. It hasn't gotten worse, but it hasn't improved, either. I have been taking ibuprofin (and I've tried Aleve); I upgraded my shoes to a pair with better support; and I bought some Dr. Scholl's inserts.. As I said, the condition hasn't worsened, but it hasn't improved. I've been in pain for over a month now. I've tried modified gentle stretching and self-massage. I've considered getting athletic tape to tape up the sole. I don't know where else to go from here.. If my current living situation were going to stay the same, I would just continue suffering through it, however:
After a decade of taking care of my ailing parent who will be moving in a few weeks, I will finally be moving to my first apartment in the Real World soon after. I'm thrilled I will finally have the opportunity to be an adult with an apartment and a job, but I'm terrified that this plantar fasciitis (probably with a heel spur, possibly bursitis) is going to destroy my ability to do all the things that I want to do in life and have to do in the coming weeks for my parent (in preparation for our move) and the coming months (when I will be looking for my first job). As I said, I'm overweight and know I need to lose weight. I can't do this without some level of activity, though. Regardless, I won't be able to stay off my feet in the next several weeks as I will still be caring for my parent and arranging our respective moves (we're moving to the same area but we won't be living together). Besides my usual daily responsibilities, I will have to be packing and cleaning, so I will actually be on my feet MORE than usual, and it's really important that I contribute physically to the move. After my parent moves, I will be apartment hunting, and, since I don't drive, I will be looking at an area where I will be relying on my ability to walk and catch public transportation. I will rely on walking and public transport in going to my (hypothetical) job. After choosing an apartment, I will have to help with getting my parent's house in saleable condition and moving my own items to my new apartment. This will all happen in the next two to three months, TOPS. After our moves are successful and the house has been sold, I will need to find a job in my new city. So, as you can see, I need to be able to walk! And I really don't know how I'm going to get through the end of the month. Right now, I don't have the time or finances to go to a doctor [I WILL be able to see a doctor AFTER I move, but that's still a ways off and I'm worried about getting through everything before then]. As you can see, this is the worst time for such a problem. I'm worried enough about getting through the next few weeks of regular use on this foot, but since my activity level will actually be increasing steadily and I won't be able to opt out of my responsibilities regarding moving, packing, apartment hunting, and planning an eventual job search, I don't see how I'm going to be able to allow my feet to heal. At the very least, how can I treat my foot at home so I will be able to stand on the foot longer and walk, especially in city situations and up/down stairs)?
I'm worrying like crazy and I'm in near agony! Please help me heal my heel!