Bilateral Plantar Foot Pain

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    plantar fasciitis?
    don’t quote me on the spelling-

    after being told I was fine and should stay active by 4 doctors when no fracture showed up the xrays-I found out that I have bi lateral plantar fasciitis.

    I am awaiting another appointment with another podiatrist who hopefully knows things otehr than fractures cause pain.

    Until then-I have been researching/treating on my own-it’s not going well as I can’t take NSAIDS-

    I ahve not found any info on bilateral (both feet at once)-spedifically the prevalance-

    has anyone experienced bilateral fasciitis?

    Informed comments please
    i should say that I gfound out by reading a medical advice column in the newspaper.

    I believe it said that it is common to have a spur with fasciitis-but not teh same thing-

    It is inflammation of teh connective tissue from the heel to fron t of teh foot-main symptomis heel pain on the bottom of the foot

    • ANSWER:
      yes..

      Reduce your activity. When heel spurs are very painful don’t apply any pressure on the foot. If you think pain is developing, take preventive steps to avoid this. Allow your foot to rest for some time and reduce your exercise schedule and find out the likely causes of the problem. Taking quick action will amplify the results of self-treatment, so that you can carry on with the regular activity while undergoing treatment.

      Keep ice on the painful area. An icepack can provide relief from the pain of the plantar fascia, and is more useful for the intial pain or reinitiated injury. Ice the part for 10-15 minutes, turning the icepack around. Wait for 30 minutes before reapplying. Moving your foot on an iced can or bottle is an effective method to reduce plantar fasciitis swelling.

      http://www.askaquery.com/question/Tips-to-Get-Rid-of-Heel-Spurs.html

  2. QUESTION:
    Is anyone else going through a nightmare with full blown Fibromyalgia?
    I am a 52 year old woman and I was diagnosed in 1995 with Fibromyalgia (FMS), but the symptoms started about 2 years before that but by 1996 it had gotten worse and each year that passes I get even more worse.
    About 4 years ago I was diagnosed by my pain doctor and neurologist with full-blown Fibromyalgia (FMS), besides the Fibromyalgia, I have been diagnosed with arthritis in both legs, Bursitis, Degenerative Cervical Disk Disease, (I have no disks left in my neck at all), Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease, Bilateral Plantar Fasciitis, Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS), Depression, Migraines, Cephalgia, Plantar Fasciitis, Cervical Spondylosis, Anterior Osteophytes, Dextroscoliosis, Bilateral Knee Osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and I’m a type 2 Diabetic.
    With the Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease and the FMS I stay in constant pain all over, its hard to even walk these days, I hurt from my head to my feet constantly, it never lets up. The migraine headaches I get now every other week and it lasts about 5 days, that has been going on for some time now, I have a spare bedroom that Todd (my fiance) has made dark for me and I have to stay in there until the migraine passes because it is so painful and the light and noise intensify’s that pain, the first couple of days of having a migraine I’m very sick to my stomach from the pain.
    My doctors say its because of the FMS and that also since I have Degenerative Cervical Disk Disease my vertebras are constantly grinding against each other and that is what is causing so many migraines.
    The neurologist had told me that if it started interfering with the nerves in my body he would have to operate, which is already happening because my legs have been give out from under me and my hands will go numb half way up to my elbows, for the past year now my legs have been getting ice cold, I went to my doctors and they said that it was most likely from the vertebras pressing against the nerves, that is a very expensive operation and I don’t have any way to pay for it. I’ve applied for medicaid but they deny me. I’ve had an MRI done and it shows I also have Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease with disks worn away and protruding disks, Dr. Ernie Hodges (my pain doctor who I’ve been going to since 1996 once a month) says that that is the reason why my legs feel weak and give out from under me and get cold because the vertebras are pressing against the nerves. I walk with a cane now because of my legs buckling all the time and the pain being so intense in my back, legs, hips, neck and down the middle of my back, even having to use a cane kills my shoulder, my doctor told me that I should be using a walker but I cant seem to bring myself to do that just yet especially with me being only 52, it is also hard for me to even get up and down, I have to have someone to help me get back up. Since spring I’ve gotten to the point that I cant hardly get out of bed anymore, the only time I only get out of bed now is when I absolutely have to, I have to constantly rotate laying-sitting and standing, too long of each one causes the pain in my body to intensify.
    I don’t have any kind of life outside of my home anymore. I can’t lift anything because of the pain of the FMS in my shoulders. I cant bend my back because of the pain in my back and hips, and if I do happen to bend over I need help to straighten back up, that I have to have help getting up or help just doing every day things that most people take for advantage is mortifying to me but I have no choice, and the pain is at times most unbearable. Since I couldn’t bend over anymore to pick things up I would squat, but I can’t do that now because of the pain in my knees and legs being so bad, it hurts to turn my head because of the Degenerative Cervical Disk Disease in my neck, it hurts to raise my arms up, my feet swell all the time and hurt and my fingers cramp up and go numb half way up to my elbows, now they even go numb not doing anything, I cant hold anything but for just a few minutes, even the bottom of my feet hurt to walk on them.
    I stay depressed and cry all the time because of all the pain that has taken over my entire body and because the life I once knew is gone, I have no life now, I stay shut up in my home 24-7 except to go to my doctors and now to top it all off I can’t find anyone to help me to get my case reopened. I can’t drive anymore or do any of the things I use to do, it just hurts too bad trying to sit up straight to drive and it kills my shoulders having to turn the steering wheel and the pain is almost unbearable in my hip and legs from having to smash the brakes and the gas petal, so I had to stop. Since I don’t go anywhere except to my doctors I guess you can say I am basically homebound. Todd takes me to my doctor visits, when I go to my doctors and when I get home I’m in terrible pain from the ride there and it usually takes me a whole week to get over that trip, but this doctor has b

    • ANSWER:
      I am 37 and have been dealing with the fibro nightmare for 4 years as far as the official diagnosis. Right now though my fibro has been quiet. It has been quiet now for 17 weeks.

      If you would like to find out more about what happened to make it be that way please feel free to e-mail me off site any time. Also, please feel free to e-mail me off site any time if you would like to talk some more about this as far as the struggles with fibromyalgia.

  3. QUESTION:
    What Happens after surgery with NYS Workman’s Comp ?
    I Asked this before but didn’t get many answers on it so im going to try and ask again but its kinda long, sorry but i need answers please !!!

    In March of 08 i started working for a retail store, was hired part time but was working full time hours most of the time .. everything was fine until Feb of 09 … i started having pain in my feet, waited to go to the doctor because i thought the pain would go away on its own, well didn’t go away, just kept getting worse so i made an apt with my primary doctor and seen her in march. She then sent me for x rays and it was then confirmed that i had bone spurs. She then referred me to my podiatrist that ive seen since april … she then diagnosed me with bilateral plantar factious and put me on sitting restrictions at work and my manager approved it and let it happen … well that went out the window when an employee quit … so i worked up until sept 09 and couldn’t take the pain anymore .. Work then filed a Workman’s comp case and im receiving benefits but when i went for my first IME with the comp doctor and he said i could work so many hours a week and sit for 45 and stand/walk the other 15 minutes out of every hour.. well my District manager doesn’t allow restrictions so ive been out since. He then determind i was partially disabled instead of totally so my benefits got cut in half … And since this all has started ive done physical therapy when it first started and then just did another session this past april, no relief … ive had different shoe inserts also custom, gel cups, night-splint, cortisone shots ( 1 in each foot ) stretches,icing … you name it … ive done it at this point. The Comp Doctor did want me to do shock-wave therapy but my doctor that ive been seeing doesn’t recommend them and doesn’t do them … she said if it was something that i wanted to try then to go ahead but he would have to do it. Well i didn’t want to do it based on what my doctor said. So a couple weeks later i got a letter from Workman’s comp board stating that my Plantar Fasciitiomy has been approved (surgery) so i called my doctor and we set the date up. Went in on June 4th for the surgery and now im just waiting for the first one to heal up so i can get the other one done …

    Lol !!! im sorry it so long but i wanted everyone to know the whole story so it would be easier to answer too … so my question is What happens with Workman’s comp and everything now that it has led into surgery and what do i need to do at this point ?? Im so lost, i know nothing about this stuff …. I Live in nys and im 23 if that matters … i hope to get this answered .. thanks in advance :)
    the distric manager isnt the one that said i was partially disabled .. the comp doctor did and thats why my benefits were cut … so if i was partially disabled why did i need surgery ?!?!? just doesnt make since to me !!!
    it wasnt the distric manager that said it .. the comp doctor did then my pay was cut in half … but i dont understand cause if i was indeed partially disabled why do i need surgery now ?? i feel they owe me the rest of my money !!
    it wasnt the distric manager that said it .. the comp doctor did then my pay was cut in half … but i dont understand cause if i was indeed partially disabled why do i need surgery now ?? i feel they owe me the rest of my money !! i guess i will just have to hire the lawyer i had a consultation with :)
    whoa sorry for all that … kept telling me there was a problem … lol !!!

    • ANSWER:
      Your district manager cannot declare you partially disabled. He doesn’t have that superpower. Or that authority.

      What happens now, is that you have the other surgery, you wait long enough for everything to heal, and AFTER we know exactly how healed you are, THEN we can figure out what happens next. You very well MIGHT be completely 100% able bodied, in which case, you go back to work.

  4. QUESTION:
    Workman’s comp in NYS …. Please read !!!?
    I was diagnosed with bilateral plantar fasciitious back in april of 09′, worked with severe pain until i couldnt take it anymore, Was then taken out of work in sept of 09′. Ive been getting workmans comp since sept when i was taken out. I have done everything that my doctor wanted me to do along with workmans comp. I went to 2 different IME’S and of course their doctor said i could work part time with restrictions. Well my Work doesnt allow any restrictions so my benefits were cut in half because the doctor said i could return. Everything that my doctor wanted to me try out i did and nothing worked so comp finally approved the surgery for a plantar fasciitiomy (sp) and i just had my first foot done on june 4th. I guess im not quite sure what happens after the surgery is all said and done. Please help me !!!

    Also, my nurse case manager called me and asked if i had a lawyer … i didnt think to ask her why she had asked … but should i get one ??? Gosh im sooo confused … HELP !!!!

    • ANSWER:
      Once you get a lawyer, the insurance company can’t talk to you any more, they have to ONLY go through your lawyer. If you’re satisfied with the way the bills are getting paid, getting a lawyer is pointless, and will only slow things down.

      I’d imagine, after the first surgery you’ll have the surgery on the other foot, allow time to heal, and go back for another IME.

  5. QUESTION:
    Anyone know why my anterolateral tibial plateau area is so awfully painful?
    I started having bilateral knee pain a couple months ago. It is very point tender, I have an antalgic gait, and I think also plantar fascciitis (could be affecting my knees, I know) and gradual onset. A few weeks ago the backs of my knees, (and elbows) felt resistant to full extension. Extending my leg against gravity elicits pain in the lateral tibial head. With an ibuprofin, I can sometimes walk pain free.

    I have also been having joint pain in my wrists, fingers, toes. But I am an rmt so…could be overuse in upper body, and different issue in knees and feet. I know that this is a lot of info…just thought “what the heck”…I’ll ask. So sucks when I am used to running and being pain free, and now it hurts often to walk.

    Thanks!

    • ANSWER:
      You sound like a medical student or physician. Why don’t
      you ask one of your colleagues for the answer?

  6. QUESTION:
    Plantar fasciitis surgery questions?
    I have been diagnosed with a 1cm cortical bone island in the talus, resorption of the distal half of the middle phalanx, ossification extending from the lateral base of the first metatarsal which may be an exostosis, and a mild bilateral calcaneal enthesopathy with a 2mm bone spur. I am a disabled veteran and have had two four compartment release surgeries on both lower legs. My legs are still not 100%. I can hardly stand and walk. I am in extreme pain all the time. I have tried everything. Ice, heat, message, stretch, several different shoes and inserts, taped my feet, and IB profrin. Do the problems listed above require surgery and is this connected to the compartment syndrome I had? If I have surgery how long will it be to recover? How bad is the surgery? Any information will be greatly appreciated.

    • ANSWER:

  7. QUESTION:
    Is anyone else going through a nightmare with full blown Fibromyalgia?
    I am a 52 year old woman and I was diagnosed in 1995 with Fibromyalgia (FMS), but the symptoms started about 2 years before that but by 1996 it had gotten worse and each year that passes I get even more worse.
    About 4 years ago I was diagnosed by my pain doctor and neurologist with full-blown Fibromyalgia (FMS), besides the Fibromyalgia, I have been diagnosed with arthritis in both legs, Bursitis, Degenerative Cervical Disk Disease, (I have no disks left in my neck at all), Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease, Bilateral Plantar Fasciitis, Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS), Depression, Migraines, Cephalgia, Plantar Fasciitis, Cervical Spondylosis, Anterior Osteophytes, Dextroscoliosis, Bilateral Knee Osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and I’m a type 2 Diabetic.
    With the Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease and the FMS I stay in constant pain all over, its hard to even walk these days, I hurt from my head to my feet constantly, it never lets up. The migraine headaches I get now every other week and it lasts about 5 days, that has been going on for some time now, I have a spare bedroom that Todd (my fiance) has made dark for me and I have to stay in there until the migraine passes because it is so painful and the light and noise intensify’s that pain, the first couple of days of having a migraine I’m very sick to my stomach from the pain.
    My doctors say its because of the FMS and that also since I have Degenerative Cervical Disk Disease my vertebras are constantly grinding against each other and that is what is causing so many migraines.
    The neurologist had told me that if it started interfering with the nerves in my body he would have to operate, which is already happening because my legs have been give out from under me and my hands will go numb half way up to my elbows, for the past year now my legs have been getting ice cold, I went to my doctors and they said that it was most likely from the vertebras pressing against the nerves, that is a very expensive operation and I don’t have any way to pay for it. I’ve applied for medicaid but they deny me. I’ve had an MRI done and it shows I also have Lumbar Degenerative Disk Disease with disks worn away and protruding disks, Dr. Ernie Hodges (my pain doctor who I’ve been going to since 1996 once a month) says that that is the reason why my legs feel weak and give out from under me and get cold because the vertebras are pressing against the nerves. I walk with a cane now because of my legs buckling all the time and the pain being so intense in my back, legs, hips, neck and down the middle of my back, even having to use a cane kills my shoulder, my doctor told me that I should be using a walker but I cant seem to bring myself to do that just yet especially with me being only 52, it is also hard for me to even get up and down, I have to have someone to help me get back up. Since spring I’ve gotten to the point that I cant hardly get out of bed anymore, the only time I only get out of bed now is when I absolutely have to, I have to constantly rotate laying-sitting and standing, too long of each one causes the pain in my body to intensify.
    I don’t have any kind of life outside of my home anymore. I can’t lift anything because of the pain of the FMS in my shoulders. I cant bend my back because of the pain in my back and hips, and if I do happen to bend over I need help to straighten back up, that I have to have help getting up or help just doing every day things that most people take for advantage is mortifying to me but I have no choice, and the pain is at times most unbearable. Since I couldn’t bend over anymore to pick things up I would squat, but I can’t do that now because of the pain in my knees and legs being so bad, it hurts to turn my head because of the Degenerative Cervical Disk Disease in my neck, it hurts to raise my arms up, my feet swell all the time and hurt and my fingers cramp up and go numb half way up to my elbows, now they even go numb not doing anything, I cant hold anything but for just a few minutes, even the bottom of my feet hurt to walk on them.
    I stay depressed and cry all the time because of all the pain that has taken over my entire body and because the life I once knew is gone, I have no life now, I stay shut up in my home 24-7 except to go to my doctors and now to top it all off I can’t find anyone to help me to get my case reopened. I can’t drive anymore or do any of the things I use to do, it just hurts too bad trying to sit up straight to drive and it kills my shoulders having to turn the steering wheel and the pain is almost unbearable in my hip and legs from having to smash the brakes and the gas petal, so I had to stop. Since I don’t go anywhere except to my doctors I guess you can say I am basically homebound. Todd takes me to my doctor visits, when I go to my doctors and when I get home I’m in terrible pain from the ride there and it usually takes me a whole week to get over that trip, but this doctor has b
    I couldnt finish all that I wanted to say, but you can go to my Myspace blog and read all that I am going through. Maybe there might be some suggestions or info we could share. Here is the link:

    http://www.myspace.com/angelsbutterflykisses

    • ANSWER:
      I am only 20 yrs old, and I know some of what you are going through. I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia when I was 16. I have had arthritis since I was 18 months old! Also, my disks are degenerative and I have had MRI’s for my back, knees, and brain because of the excruciating migraines I’ve been having since I was 13 . So, as you can see, I know a little about pain. The only thing that going to specialists has done for me is just put me on more medicines that don’t work. I have to just push through. I am a full time college student and I work. I have no choice, I support myself. So, to answer your question, yes, someone else is where you are. I feel your pain. Also, I lived with my grandmother, great grandfather, and great great aunt all at the same time for 5 years. I know what it’s like to live with diabetes and other issues. Try to think about the good things, like how you have someone who helps you and takes care of you. I am studying psychology in college, and let me tell you, it is AMAZING what the effects of positive thinking can do on your body!! Thinking positive happy thoughts can make or break you. Seriously. One last thing, I see you have been seeing the same doctor for many years. With my experience, after switching doctors 3 times, I found one that really listened and was more up to date with newer treatments. That might be something to think about if you aren’t COMPLETELY satisfied with your current doctor.

      Hoping you the best!