Plantar fasciitis progression and recovery?
August 30, 2013 12:15 AM Subscribe
I have plantar fasciitis in my right foot. I've read about it on the web, and it feels like either everyone else is understating the pain and mobility limitations or mine is much worse than everyone else. Help me manage my expectations for my recovery.
posted by plonkee to health & fitness (34 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
I went to the zoo a week last Tuesday and my right foot hurt a bit after walking round all day. By Thursday evening I couldn't take a step without pain. I then rested my foot Friday through Monday - mostly lying on the sofa and only getting up to go to the bathroom or get food or drink. On Tuesday I went to the walk-in centre in town to be told by a nurse that I have plantar fasciitis. She suggested rest, cushioned shoes and gave me a printed explanation and suggested self-care treatments.
Since Tuesday, I feel it is improving slowly. I can now walk about 10-15 metres with tolerable discomfort (say 2-3 out of 10 for pain). Walking 500m to the bus stop to get to work is painful (about 4-5 out of 10) and takes 15-20 minutes resting for the pain to subside. In the evenings after work the pain doesn't subside and varies from 1 to 4, and makes it very challenging to fall asleep. After 3 hours sleep I am woken by pain, which has now extended to my calf which is very sore.
Current self-care involves walking as little as possible, wearing trail shoes outside and cushioned sandals walking in the house, soaking my feet in cold water in the evenings, heated rice bag on my calf if that is painful, and calf and foot stretches. I have randomly taken ibuprofen which doesn't appear to affect the pain.
YANMD. Does this level of pain sound normal-ish? How long should it take before I can walk further? Have you got any suggestions for improving my ability to sleep? Is there any other self-care I should try, particularly for my calf? Finally, I have no car and my (NHS) doctor's surgery is beyond my current walking distance so I'm loathe to go there unless absolutely necessary - when should I seek further medical attention and who from?