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01-24-2012, 10:07 PM
I wasn't sure where to post this, so I figured here would be as good of a place as any.

I work in retail and I'm on my feet for roughly 9 hours a day on top of my workouts, which average about 45 minutes a day. My feet are always killing me. Sometimes my feet and ankles hurt so bad I can hardly walk. When I'm standing and moving around all day my feet only kind of hurt, but once I've been sitting in the car (I have a 45 minute commute to work), when I get out of the car and try to walk to the house it's almost excruciating. I still exercise in the evening most of the time, but sometimes I just hurt too much. It feels like my tendons in my ankles are going to tear and my feet have been hit by a sledgehammer. I've tried Motrin and Aleve to see if they would help any, but they don't. Soaking my feet in Epsom salt didn't help either. :(

Is this normal, at all? I feel like I should see a doctor, but that's a huge financial burden that I don't want to take on unless I really HAVE to- since I don't have insurance. I don't know what to do.. nothing makes them hurt less, at least I'm pretty sure they couldn't hurt more.

I guess what I'm asking is, does anyone have any kind of remedies for such pain in the feet? Or advice? I'll take anything, really.

01-24-2012, 10:28 PM
I'd see a doctor... are you flat footed by any chance? I really regret not dealing with my foot pain earlier because it eventually lead to knee pain, which just has never gone away. Arch supports make a HUGE difference for me. That and well made shoes (Danskos seem to work well at the moment ;)).

01-24-2012, 10:36 PM
I used to get that when I worked retail. My advice is to invest in a very good pair of shoes. Go to a GOOD shoe store (not the chain stores in the malls) but an old fashioned shoe store. Tell them your issues and they will help you find a pair of shoes that will provide the support and comfort you need through the day.

01-24-2012, 10:55 PM
I'm a stylist & i'm on my feet for 7-9 hours a day as well. If using inserts such as Dr. Scholls doesnt work, you'll need to invest in some really GOOD shoes. Be forewarned, good shoes are not always CHEAP. Look for something that has an AMAZING arch support & is comfortable. Don't worry about looks. TRUST ME! I don't care if they look like grandma shoes, they are supporting your arch & keeping you from having to have surgery later!!!

01-24-2012, 11:24 PM
I hate to say it, but pain that is much worse after being off your feet for a little while is a classic sign of plantar fasciitis (and yes, I have it). Do the first few steps out of bed in the morning hurt like H**L, too? Also classic. If you have it, it will NOT get better on its own - you need better shoes, possibly orthotics, maybe prescription anti-inflammatory medication. It's when the thick band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot gets inflamed. Mine is due to very flat feet, but people with high arches can get it, too.

For immediate relief, try freezing a water bottle and rolling it under your feet. Before you get out of bed, take a rolled up towel and gently stretch your arches out.

Honestly, if you're in that much pain every day, I wouldn't goof around spending a lot of money on over the counter arch supports. I would get to a podiatrist to find out what your foot structure is, and get the right kind of supports.

Good luck - foot pain SUCKS!!! :hug:

01-24-2012, 11:27 PM
And what about water aerobics after work if possible, that may be a nice retreat after working retail all day.

01-25-2012, 01:20 AM
Definitely sounds like you have plantar fasciitis. Been there done that. I'd rather have a baby. I had it so bad, I felt fine when I went to bed one night, and had to CRAWL up the stairs to the bathroom the next morning. I could not walk it hurt so bad.

It took me 6 months to heal up, and to this day, I am so fussy about my shoes, it's almost anal. I don't ever want to go through that again. Special stretches, massages, ice, ibuprofen, elevation, heat, get good shoes, several pairs, rotate every day. Rinse and repeat. the Dr. showed my husband how to wrap my feet so I could keep the stretch, in those tendons all night in bed. My God, we went through a ton of specialty stretch wrap and athletic tape.

Get thyself to a podiatrist, ASAP!

On the special stretch wrap, I bought it at the local farm store, this stuff is great. You can find it in the horse supply section. It's mainly for wrapping horses tails, but it's the best stuff ever. Also used a ton of it when my DH whacked off a couple of his fingers. It's stretchy and self sticking. Love the stuff. :D

01-25-2012, 03:29 PM
I paid attention to my feet this morning and they didn't hurt very bad, but they did hurt. I've been laying in bed for an extra few minutes every day and stretching my feet and that seems to help. It hurts worse in the right foot, and after reading up on it, it makes sense why I could have it. I tore the ligament in the bottom of my foot when I was in high school AND I have extremely high arches.

Aunrio: I would do water aerobics, but I live in a rural area and there aren't any recreation centers or public pools anywhere within 35 miles of me.

Looks like I'll be finding a doctor soon.

Thanks everyone for the advice and tips!

01-25-2012, 04:37 PM
I had plantar fasciitis so bad that I had two choices: I could go to a doctor and get expensive inserts and cortizone shots in my heels or I could try Z-Coils. Both of which I would have to pay for out of pocket. I choose the Z-Coils and they worked for me. These shoes are ugly and not cheap. I wore only my Z-coils for 4-6 months until the pain went away. I then found that I could wear shape up shoes without pain.
The stretching first thing in the morning does help too. Believe me, I feel your pain and hope you can find a solution for your problems.

P.S. Z-coils are very expensive and ugly. I have a pair and if you want to try them, send me a message and I would be willing to send them to you to try out.

01-26-2012, 11:24 AM
Oohh, I remember cortisone shots! I felt like my feet were sloshing in their skin for more than a day afterward! But the relief.......

My podiatrist made me custom orthotics, and I wore them faithfully for a couple years, but I HATE them. Now that I don't stand for 13 hours a day, I can get away with just wearing shoes with excellent arch support. My favorites are Birkenstocks, Danskos with the stapled bottoms, and Brooks Ariel for sneakers. I even have the blue Birkenstock arch supports to put in my winter boots.

Good luck finding relief!

01-26-2012, 04:45 PM
Ugh, I'm sorry to hear about your foot troubles. I have plantar fasciatis, too, but not nearly so bad as you. I went to the podiatrist and he told me to ice my feet and take anti-inflammatory meds (Advil) and stretch my feet by pulling back gently on my toes until I felt a stretch. He also recommended Super Feet orthotics (you slip 'em into your shoes), which made a lot of difference for me as I have very high arches. Hope you find what works for you.

01-26-2012, 05:42 PM
another non plantar fasciitis fan here ;( had it also, due to fallen arches. I tried everything. I ended up with cortisone shots and custom made orthotics. Something most everyone else I run into with this dilemma recommends the night splint. There's all kinds, so be sure to read the reviews to find the one that suits you. I believe it helped some, but I had a more severe case in which I had to make arches again..

hope your feet get better!

02-15-2012, 10:26 AM
I have/had this too. It was the deciding factor in me loosing weight. After becoming more active, dropping some weight and buying new supportive shoes, it pretty much went away.
Stretch in the morning, don't go barefoot in the house and use a frozen water bottle under your feet after work. You should notice improvement too when you drop weight.

Beach Patrol
02-15-2012, 10:56 AM
The right shoes/&-or inserts can make all the difference in the world. My foot doc had me get some special inserts - they were like $20 & I could only find them at particular shoe stores - but it really did help with my feet pain.

Try this: http://www.heel-pain-store.com/Plantar_Fasciitis_Treatments_s/67.htm

02-15-2012, 11:44 AM
I second the Danskos. And I also second the inserts. My gf had what sounds like very similar foot problems and got a few cortisone shots that helped, but what really made the difference was the inserts.

02-15-2012, 01:02 PM
<<I hate to say it, but pain that is much worse after being off your feet for a little while is a classic sign of plantar fasciitis (and yes, I have it). >>

Except that plantar fasciitis tends to manifest itself as pain in the soles, and the OP has mentioned pain in the ankles, which is not a symptom.

I had plantar fasciitis for a few months, and then it went away on its own, which my doctor says sometimes happens.


02-15-2012, 06:12 PM
Did somebody say heel spur? Ouch!!!! Sure sounds like that's what you have.
I just had my first case of it, very painful.

02-15-2012, 07:51 PM
I had pain in my heels and at the tendons on the backs of my ankles. Dr. thought it was a bone spur on the heel, and referred me to a podiatrist, but I never went. I did go and get some good hiking boots which I wear when I'm hiking and they seem to help, so I would guess the better the shoes you can get, the less pain you might also have. FWIW, the pain was much, much greater when I first started out, at 243 lbs, and much less now even though I am walking a LOT more than I used to. For a while, I was at a lower weight by a few more pounds, like mid-high 180's and the pain stopped almost completely. I'm hoping for a huge improvement again once I lose some more.


02-15-2012, 08:44 PM
I must IMPLORE you to see a doctor. I started having foot pain about a year ago.... Waited a while to see a doctor and it turned out to be plantar fasciitis from wearing bad shoes. Unfortunately it didn't end there, I did not have insurance so I didn't get appropriate care. I now have posterior tibial tendon dysfunction which means I will be wearing a bracing custom orthotic for the rest of my life. I am only 28, and to top it all off the tendon issue caused me to develop arthritis in my foot and ankle. My knee also hurts as well. I am not trying to scare you but you must see a doctor to rule out any medical issues. Being overweight stresses our feet more, along with incorrect footwear and you have a very big equation for pain/damage.
Things that you may want to try to hold you over are:
1. freeze a water bottle and roll your foot over it for 5 minutes each foot 3-5 times/day. (ice massage) You can also ice your ankles
2. stretch your feet by pulling your toes back toward your leg, very gently until you feel a slight stretch.
3. Do calf stretches (gastroc, soleus, etc)
4. But over the counter shoe inserts/orthotics-my Dr. told me to get Power Step or Spenco- I must mention this was not enough in my case.
5. Get a gait analysis at a shoe store to find out if your overpronate. You may also want to try some shoes with a rocker bottom which decreases stress on your feet.
6. Do ankle range of motion exercises and heel raises
7. Take Ibuprofen to decrease swelling and control pain (if you're able)
8. try wearing a figure 8 ankle brace if you feel like you need the support
But MOST importantly get to the doctor. Everything I listed above are things I was told to do to improve my condition in the early stages and now forever. I hope it turns out to be nothing serious :D I know that list looks crazy but I wish someone had told me that stuff before I developed more serious issues. Good luck!:D

02-15-2012, 10:23 PM
plantar fasciitis
I had this as well and remembered dragging my foot home after work and I do not work on my feet all day but I suffered. So I can only imagine the pain if you are on your feet all day and suffer from this. I went to see a podiatrist and he recommended orthotics. I wear these in my shoes and I wear New Balance runners, they are ones with motion control. I suggest you see a podiatrist. All I can say is that is was like a miracle. I am pain free now. The only downside is I am limited in what kind of shoes I can wear. I know I can order fancier shoes for my orthotics but I am happy with runners most of the time. :)

02-16-2012, 02:36 PM
I went to a store called Ideal Feet that I heard about on the radio in the shower the other day. They said I have plantar fasciitis. My ankle pain was from walking funny to accommodate my foot pain. They had me try out these inserts and the pain went away in like 5 minutes. Unfortunately I can't afford them just yet (since I work for minimum wage and it's hard to save money when you hardly make any). I did find some Sketchers Shape-ups at a really reasonable price, so I bought them, and since I started wearing them my feet have been a little happier. I almost have enough for the orthotics, I should have enough after I get my next paycheck, and I'll buy them as soon as I can afford them. I've been taking ibuprofen, putting ice on my feet in the mornings and after work, and stretching my feet before I get out of bed in the morning, when I get home from work and take my shoes off, and when I lay down to go to bed. My fiance massages my feet for me every night too (Soooo lucky!).

Thankfully the pain hasn't worsened, and it's slowly getting tolerable. I should have my new orthotics in a week or so, and then everything will be peachy keen!

I'm also starting a new job on Monday that doesn't require me to be on my feet for as much at a time, which will probably help too!

Thanks for all of the advice, everyone! I really appreciate it!

Arctic Mama
02-16-2012, 02:48 PM
Losing weight helped me foot pain immensely (PF here, too) to the point where it is almost non-existent now. Also, good shoes are a must. Dansko, Clark, Keen, Sofft, etc. All those brands are going to give you excellent support in dressier shoes. And if the appearance is no concern, ZCoils were already mentioned.

Stretch before your feet even hit the floor. Your instep and heel need a good conditioning before they bear weight if pain is an issue. It doesn't take long, but makes all the difference in the world.