Post # 1
So I’m a nurse and I have plantar facitiis, and my feet have been killing me lately. I can’t seem to find shoes that work for me to wear at work for 12 hours straight and for days in a row. Any suggestions? I’ve tried Dansko’s, Keen’s, MBT’s, any number of tennis shoes with and without orthotics. I’m at a lose for what to do. I have ordered a splint for at night, but I still need shoes that will work for me at work. Thanks.
Post # 3
Have you seen a doctor and/or a physiotherapist?
I have had plantar fasciitis and found that it wasn’t really the shoes that made a difference. It was ultrasound, stretching exercises, exercises to build up the small muscles of the foot etc
Post # 4
@julies1949: Yes I have, both a doctor and PT, I’ve also had accupuncture. I do stretches and pub my foot on a tennis ball. I ice my feet, and try not to walk around bare foot, and have tried ibuprofen, which doesn’t do much. Most of the time I’m fine, it’s just when I work streatches and have to be on my feet for 12 hours that my feet start to get really sore.
Post # 5
I have the same problem 🙁 The night splint helps a little bit, though it’s incredibly annoying, but for me it’s all about the orthotics. I always wear new balances (and when I say always I mean ALWAYS) with a roll bar and custom orthotics. I have my orthotics drilled with gel in the heal and I get them redone (the rubber part replaced) every time they wear out.
Post # 6
@dolphi99: Do you do your stretches at work also? Especially before you get up if you ever have a chance to sit down and do some charting.
I really found that religious stretching was what made the difference. I have not had a recurrence for years.
Post # 6
I have platar facitiis also. It’s a pain! I wear Reebok plus the custom made insoles my Dr. made me. It helps.
Post # 7
I was in the same boat. I had a BAD flare up about 3 monthes before my wedding. I couldn’t walk more than a block, and was always in pain. I went to a podiatrist who had me do the following…which worked.
1. TRY to stay off your feet as much as possible (which was nearly impossible for me…and likely impossible for you as a nurse)
2. Ice your feet every night for at least an hour.
3. Wear the splint at night and be consistent about it. It works!
4. OK – the weird part of the plan that did work well. You have to get orthotics to wear when you wear flat shoes. This is so your arch is supported and your ankle doesn’t roll inward, which makes the problem worse. BUT, what really helps is to have a shoe that elevates your heel at LEAST two inches. If you wear supportive, chunky heels, you don’t need the arch support. THIS WAS WHAT SAVED MY FEET AND THUS, MY WEDDING.
Let me suggest a shoe that is WONDERFUL! Earthies. They have a nice solid heel, have a built in arch support, and are FASHIONABLE! Here is the web site.
Seriously. I have NO pain at all when I wear these shoes. I have been in them for about 2 monthes now. And I really think my feet are improving to the point where I will no longer have a problem in another month.