Originally Posted by fcmonroe63
Thank you all for your replies. I've started physical therapy and that's making things worse, but I hope it's just for the short term! Ice bottles have definitely become my friend. I've got an appointment on 12/24 to be fit for custom orthotics. Hopefully, I'll make peace with the stationary bike at home, cause that seems to be the only viable exercise option at this point.
Plantar fasciitis is a diagnosis with as many causes as there are feet! Everyone will tell you a different thing that works because everyone has different stresses that they impose on their feet.
I'll add my 2 cents because I had custom orthotics and got hip arthritis as a result.
1) follow up regularly--do not wait for them to call you to come in. Your feet will change and the orthotic prescription should be adapted to that change. Especially call and make an appointment when your feet are better!
2) do not ever let someone tell you that your legs are different lengths without properly measuring them--usually requires an xray and someone who knows the exact landmarks to measure. If they want to build up one orthotic due to perceived leg length difference, be to ask for this type of measurement first. Sometimes it looks uneven leg length because of hitching up the pelvis when walking, etc. Building up one orthotic when the legs are actually the same length will make everything worse.
3) do some research about the efficacy of orthotics. They are not always associated with good long term outcomes and there are alternatives.
I am trying therapeutic Iyengar yoga to try to undo the damage from my orthotics. Before this point, what helped my feet the most was to lose weight. My knees immediately felt better once I lost the first 15 lbs & feet felt great too. Unfortunately the damage to my hip stayed the same.
Hope your feet feel better soon!