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post #11 of 18 Old 07-08-2012, 12:05 PM
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I agree with everyone. But to help you with the pain you are in now take golf balls, put them in the freezer, then when they are super cold sit in a chair and roll the golf balls on the floor with the arch of your foot.

Also, give up the flip flops. :( Get a good pair of sneakers.
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post #12 of 18 Old 07-08-2012, 12:13 PM
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Well, everyone has their own experience. I know my mom benefits greatly from her custom orthotics. If your family has health insurance, it would very likely cover it.

As for me... If I wear any one pair of shoes for too long, my feet hurt. Like, seriously can't walk hurt. I'm on my feet all day for work (housekeeper) so you'd think I'd be used to it, but every year when we do fair (4-h, 5 days of non stop standing and walking), my feet are in absolute agony! Last year I tried something new. Instead of bringing 5 pairs of boots (one for each day) I brought my flip flops and every second that I didn't have to be in the boots, I switched for the flip flops. Voila! No pain. It took me a while to realize that although I'm on my feet all day anyway, I'm always barefoot. ALWAYS. My feet are much happier without shoes at all, but since we can't do that at fair, flip flops were my solution.

If the insoles don't help (and I would try those first, as they seem to work for more people than going barefoot does), and you can't afford to go to a podiatrist, I'd try spending as much time as you can barefoot, and see if it helps.
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True. I guess I should not have made the blanket statement about flip flops. It depends on the foot. It just sounded from her post like it was an arch problem kind of like Plantar Fasciitis which is what I have and is very common. The worst thing to do is to wear shoes that are flat and have no support. But again, I assumed a lot in the post.

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I don't think it has been mentioned yet, but I would suggest seeing a chiro. Not all arch pain is related to foot or shoe issues. Arch pain is also related to out of alignment hips and back. I know. I deal with it all the time having scoliosis. I know when my hips are way out of whack due to arch pain, which goes away with an adjustment.

Just some food for thought.
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If you have what is called "Plantar Faciatis" then this will apply to you:

After you sit for awhile, or after sleeping , and you stand and put weight on your feet, they will hurt. As you walk , they "warm up" and hurt less for a bit, but then as the day wears on they will start to hurt more.

If you have PF, as I do, then walking barefoot will not be a good thing, . . not until the problem is well in remission.

If you wear soft shoes like flip flops, stop for a while. Look for shoes with really solid, hard shoes (like a steel shanked boot) with a "rocker" shape built into them.
For around the house, wear either Dansko clogs or get a kind of slipper that has a good arch built into it, such as a Haflinger (a German brand that have nice support. They feel like heaven).

When you are out working, you need to wear good shoes. Sorry, if it means taking the time to change from walking boots to riding boots, then you will need to do this. For walking around the barn and on this uneven ground, get a pair of really firm soled hiking boots. Or, the kind of heavy work boots a farrier might wear. put insoles in them. Don't use cheap Spenco ones. Use Superfeet. OR, go to a Podiatrist and get custom ones made.

All this costs money, but pain in your feet is at the absolute foundation of wellbeing, and this is worth a LOT , isn't it?
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Thanks for all of the information and advice, everyone! I'll have to try the golf balls.

Its just so hard for me to want to give up my shoes xD though I don't care all too much about everything else that I wear, I've always worn the cutest shoes I can find...even if they're terrible for my feet, like the converse are. I know I'm going to have to though, if I dont want this getting worse or costing even MORE money.

I'm also huge on being barefoot, which- again, is bad for me. I won't even wear socks around the house most of the time, because it bothers me. Thinking about it, its no wonder they're hurting. I take terrible care of them!

I'll look into buying some hiking boots rather than riding boots, if you guys think it will help. They're probably more resistant to the mud and puddles I slog through regularely anyways. I have some steel toed Brazos working boots that have good support...or would if they fit me. They're a size too big so they give me blisters. I need to stop walking around in my rubber boots and broken boots at work, hide the flipflops from myself, and reserve the Converse for just wearing occasionally when I wont be standing around much. What do you guys think about the Nikes that everyone has been wearing lately as a choice of tennis shoe? I like the bright color selections of those, and they look like they might support better than my current shoes.

You know what the strange thing is? The one pair of shoes that my feet rarely hurt in is my old VERY broke in nylon Jazz/dance shoes. They're just a solid heel, then pretty much a normal slipper, but they're super comfortable. Its like being barefoot so I love it. I dont really understand why they feel better than shoes that would have support though O_o its a bit strange.

NdAppy, thanks for the suggestion. I've never been to a chiropractor before (mom hates them for some reason? Something about one almost killing her mom) but I've heard a lot of good about them. If a change in shoes doesnt help, I'll definitely check that out.

Tiny- it sounds like that is probably atleast close to what I have. I hate wearing shoes around the house but its worth a try :)

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I was diagnosed with plantars fasiatis a few years ago when I was working at a job that had me on my feat 10 hours a day non-stop walking on concrete and going up and down 4 flights of stairs while pushing and lifting. It came along with some arch dropping and bone spurs. Thankfully the spurs are angled in such a manner that as long as my foot is not inflammed they do not bother me.

It was explained to me that the plantars faciatis is a type of tendonitis of the foot. I ended up in physical therapy for mind, but a few things you can do at home to help.

1 - roll your foot over a can of food or frozen bottle first thing in the morning. It will help stretch out your tendons. This is best done if you do it before you even step foot out of bed - so I always had a can of green beans by the bed. LOL.

2- Make a circle with your big toe so that your whole foot rolls both left and right 10-20 times each.

3- write the alphabet in the air with your big toe - again making sure its your foot that moves and not your whole leg.

4- stand with your toes on a step and let your heels drop. You should feel stretching through your foot and calf muscles.

I also had bands that they had me doing exercises with to pull back on my foot, but I think these above actually helped more than the bands did. These will help stretch those muscles. And like everyone else has said - good arch support is a must. If it still continues to hurt you might want to visit with a foot doctor and make sure you don't have spurs or something else that is making the issue worse.

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My heel spur has been hurting lately and I remembered a trick that might help you. Take some gauze and athletic tape and tape the gauze in your arch. It will support it and make it feel much better.
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