I've had Plantar Fasciitis for over a year. I am at my wits end. First l went to a regular doctor who told me to stretch it by pulling my toes back and prescribed me anti-inflammatory's. Didn't work. I finally got a referral to a Podiatrist. They took an x-ray and showed I had the beginnings of a heel spur. Told me I definitely had PF. Told me I needed a steroid shot, got one. Also said I needed heel inserts or custom orthotics. I got the heel inserts b/c they were cheaper. He said people had relief with them. It felt about 70 % better immediately. But it was still there. Went back 3 week, he told me to keep wearing heel pads and supportive shoes. I did. Went back 3 weeks later and it still wasn't gone. He gave me another shot. Went back a month later, and finally broke down and got custom orthotics, $300. He also told me to get Brooks Adrenaline shoes as they are the best for support. I did. I think I have spent close to $1000.00 in a year trying to get rid of this. And it's still there. I thought it was gone a few weeks ago, but it came back with a vengeance. Also, my shoes are worn completely down, especially my other leg. It's like now my gait is off. It's like I"ve been compensating for a year and can't even walk right anymore. I started trying to lose weight and started exercising earlier this year. Things were going pretty good. My PF was clearing up again, but it just keeps coming back. How can I lose weight if I can't even go for walks?? Or do any kind of exercising b/c of pressure on my foot. I also develop shin splints only in my right leg....probably b/c I'm putting more pressure on that leg than the leg with PF. Very frustrated right now. I think I need Physical Therapy, but I'm afraid it'll just be another dead end. I'm tired of throwing money down and not getting a resolution. Help me! Please. I also have heard about the PRP injections, but that they are super expensive and insurance doesn't cover them. But if it really does work I'm willing to try anything so I can get back to exercising again and losing weight. I also use to be a runner. I haven't ran in over a year, mainly b/c of this problem.View Thread
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