Post # 1
I posted that I’ve had some pesky heel pain lately – http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/heel-pain
I went to the doctor today and she said it’s plantar fasciitis, gave me a night splint, stretching exercises, take anti-inflammatories and also a prescription for custom orthotics.
Has anyone had these? Unfortunately they are not covered by my insurance. I have no idea the cost (I’ll be checking into them this week with the shoe store they recommended) but wanted to get a sense from people that have had these and have gone through this.
Post # 3
I had custom orthotics a few years ago due to bunions and heel pain…and cortisone injections in my toe (ouch) and anti-inflammatories.
My doctor recommended custom orthotics and I got them to use in my casual/atheltic shoes only and the cost was around $400 and insurance did not pay for them. After that amount, I did not get the pair for dress shoes.
However, they did help alleviate the issues that were causing me pain.
Post # 4
My last pair were $500, but that included the casts of my feet, which I got to keep. The next time around, they will be less if I bring in the casts.
Make sure you go some place good. Someone had recommended a podiatrist to me. They didn’t even want to watch me walk, so I left paying only $20 for the visit (which was reimbursed). There should be more to the orthotics than just the casts of your feet!
Post # 5
If your insurance benefits will improve in the next while, there are also taping methods. I used to use them when I danced (othotics don’t really fit in dance shoes!).
As for the orthotics, in both cities I ended up going to an orthotist. I would recommend that route over a podiatrist.
Post # 6
Thanks, I went to an orthopedist, not a podiatrist. They took x-rays, which were negative.
I’ve done some research, and think I’m going to hold off on the orthotics for now, and use the night splint, stretching, rest and anti-inflammatories to see if that relieves it.
Post # 7
@AB Bride: Do you have any info on the taping methods? (I used to dance too – had to deal with stress fractures but not PF).
Post # 8
Hi! I work hand in hand with a podiatrist. I see this everyday!
we sell custom orthotics at $450. Have you been consistent with stretching and anti inflammatories? How long have you dealt with it?
Post # 9
Just google taping for plantar fasciitis. I didn’t actually watch the videos, but I clicked on a few links and they all look similar to what a doctor told me.
I don’t remember what the tape was called that I used, but it was tan and softer, it was not white athletic tape. It was similar to the fabric bandaids. The white athletic tape will work, but I used it once and ended up with a very long blister along each foot.
Post # 10
@nemoandthebrain: I just had the appointment yesterday, so have been consistent so far ;o)
I’ve been dealing with it for approx. the last 3 months.
Post # 11
I had a qutoe from my podiatrist with the cast it would have been $400.00 but I held off on it (I have tendonitis in left ankle, as a result of my scholiosis, hope I spelled it correctly)….went to a chiropractor and I have been using special inserts he gave me and store bought ones, and internet purchased ones.
I use these for my tennis shoes- http://www.amazon.com/Sof-Sole-Womens-Lightweight-Insole/dp/B003ASQO0O/ref=sr_1_1?s=hpc&ie=UTF8&qid=1352316666&sr=1-1&keywords=sof+sole+women
And these are for dress shoes, which I love, love, love!
Post # 12
I recently spoke with someone about getting myself something custom for my left foot. He told me around $400. Seems to be the going rate.