Lynettski

Plantar fasciitis helped by weight loss?

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This is my first post (Hi everyone :)) and I am hoping I can get a glimmer of hope from someone who has suffered in the past with plantar fasciitis.  I have had it for over 3 years now (normally gets better in about 6 months!) and among lots of other reasons is why I am having gastric sleeve surgery.  I am booked in for the end of April 2017 and am so excited!!  So my question is: if you had plantar fasciitis, or any other type of chronic joint illness that made it difficult to walk, how soon did you notice a change with the weight loss?  How much did you have to lose to notice a change?  I so badly want to get cortisone injections (have had them once before with good effect), but apparently it can cause fat atrophy of the heel pads and be even more trouble!  I think it will really help to hear some stories about how much easier it is to move now, and how much better your feet/joints feel now that you have lost weight.  Thank you ever so much.

 

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I had localized callouses(?) 1 on each ball of my feet. I had fitted inserts & still had problems before surgery. after gastric bypass I still wear

the inserts part of the time (30 to 50%) & they are just about gone at 1 year out. if I am on my feet a lot the inserts still feel good.

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I had foot pain prior to my surgery - this pain totally went away after I lost 100 pounds.  

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I have a bone spur on the back of my heel that looks like a hook and literally rubs the tendon on the back of my heel when I walk. Injections can give temporary relief but surgery is the only way to fix it. Prior to losing weight there were times when it was really bad and I could barely walk.  I was told by my podiatrist to stop all impactful activity including walking for exercise. He said stationary bike only. Now that I am -130lbs I still have some issues with pain but I play tennis 3-4 days a week, do Pilates or some other group class at the gym 2-3 times a week, and even sometimes run road races.  I still have the issue but it's not nearly as bothersome. 

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These answers make me so happy- I'm sitting here with throbbing feet tonight after daring to do some gardening today. What was the nature of your foot pain, Res?

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That''s amazing Raeme! Thanks so much for sharing - Can't wait to get some relief! Had a chuckle at the road races with regards to myself though- like the old joke about the guy with the broken hand who says to his doctor "will I be able to play piano?". "Sure" says the doc. "Great, cos I couldn't play it before". 

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I didn't have plantar fasciitis Lynettski so I have no words of comfort but I suffered years of excruciating hip and back pain pre-WLS - all due to my weight.

Getting on for 9 1/2 years post-op, those days are a distant memory.

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Anything that's takes weight off will help.  

I have Charcot joint in my ankles, wear orthodics.  My doctor told me last year had I not lost the weight more than likely I'd have been scoot or bound by now.  I am on my feet all day, get 10,000 steps in but go home and put my feet up.  I've been told no high impact activities ever.  

Sure hope you get improvement!

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You are all so encouraging- it helps more than you know x

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50 minutes ago, Lynettski said:

These answers make me so happy- I'm sitting here with throbbing feet tonight after daring to do some gardening today. What was the nature of your foot pain, Res?

I had serious foot arch pain that prevented me from going on long walks or playing tennis. I had orthopedic shoe inserts. All of this was totally cured by the weight loss. :)

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2 minutes ago, Lynettski said:

You are all so encouraging- it helps more than you know x

You can literally live the very true statement that: Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels. 

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I have plantar fasciitis and love step aerobics. I used to sleep with a splint but nothing has helped me more than rolling my calves with this little gadget I made.  

They sell them online, too, but they're stupidly expensive. I also made mine a little longer (about 30 inches). Your calves need to be relaxed (not flexed or bearing weight) when you roll them. Having stretched, rolled calves has changed everything for me.

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I've had PF on and off for years. Losing weight did help but stretching them out helped even more. I mostly just used a rolling pin while seated and stretched the tendons over that. You can also stretch them against a wall.

As for the cortisone shots, I just had one last week. I have them for a navicular stress fracture. My ortho says they are safe as long as you don't have them more often than 3 monthly. I'm not sure how they'd be as treatment for PF, but they are quite painful to have, and in my case take about 3 weeks to kick in and last no more than about a month. As I'm not allowed oral NSAIDS at all, cortisone shots are really my only chance to reduce inflammation in my foot. I decided to have one (after 12 months of not having them) simply in the hope that walking around the hospital after surgery might be more bearable. I do have to have surgery to fuse that bone as well as clear out much of the other degeneration, but surgeon's won't even list it until my BMI is under 30. That seems to be the case with anything surgical they need to do to the foot, at least in my country. So even if losing weight doesn't relieve your pain, the weightloss will get you better prepared for any potential foot surgery. I'm in the same boat that Raeme was. The only physical exercise allowed for me that involves feet is an exercise bike. A simple walk around the supermarket puts me pretty much out of action for the rest of the day.

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Aussie H that is really interesting about the surgery BMI thing.. Are you in Australia? I'm in Perth. I had the injections once and had 3 months pain free, and was going to do it before my surgery for exactly the reasons you said, but the physician told me I shouldn't risk it. I don't think she realises just how much pain I'm in :(. I will also "rroll" my calves, as that seems to work for people- I knew about stretching supposedly helping (nnot for me though) so will give this a go too. Thanks again for taking the time to respond, everyone!

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3 hours ago, Lynettski said:

Aussie H that is really interesting about the surgery BMI thing.. Are you in Australia? I'm in Perth. I had the injections once and had 3 months pain free, and was going to do it before my surgery for exactly the reasons you said, but the physician told me I shouldn't risk it. I don't think she realises just how much pain I'm in :(. I will also "rroll" my calves, as that seems to work for people- I knew about stretching supposedly helping (nnot for me though) so will give this a go too. Thanks again for taking the time to respond, everyone!

Yep I'm in South Australia. I'm not sure if the BMI limit is just for the surgical fusion I need, or whether it's across the board for any foot surgery. My mum is having a knee replacement next week and her paperwork for that specifies a BMI limit of 40 for that surgery. As for the cortisone shot decision, I got my GP to order it so the bariatric surgeon doesn't even know I've had it. It really shouldn't make any difference to them though as the steroid goes straight into the joint without having to go through the stomach. The only real conversation the bariatric surgeon has had about the foot is that I must get the stomach surgery over and done with first, or face significant delays due to being non weight bearing and in a cast for a minimum 3 months after the fusion. He wouldn't be able to abdominal surgery until I was up and walking again because of the risk of blood clots.

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Plantar fasciitis is a pain. I had it in my left foot about two years ago after walking in barefoot shoes for too long in spring after having worn only heavy winter shoes for a while. The worst pain was gone within a few days but I had the typical morning and evening pain for a whole while.

What helped was ultrasound treatment, foam rolling and flossing. Also stretching of the plantar fascia and wearing a Strassburg sock during the night helped. You should also take a look at the shoes you wear. Some people swear Dux shoes helped cure them. (I only wear them at home but they really feel soft and good, especially their sensi model.)

Of course losing weight helps but I still have to be careful now at a BMI of 27 about my left plantar fascia or my right achilles tendon.

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On 3/25/2017 at 5:29 AM, Lynettski said:

This is my first post (Hi everyone :)) and I am hoping I can get a glimmer of hope from someone who has suffered in the past with plantar fasciitis.  I have had it for over 3 years now (normally gets better in about 6 months!) and among lots of other reasons is why I am having gastric sleeve surgery.  I am booked in for the end of April 2017 and am so excited!!  So my question is: if you had plantar fasciitis, or any other type of chronic joint illness that made it difficult to walk, how soon did you notice a change with the weight loss?  How much did you have to lose to notice a change?  I so badly want to get cortisone injections (have had them once before with good effect), but apparently it can cause fat atrophy of the heel pads and be even more trouble!  I think it will really help to hear some stories about how much easier it is to move now, and how much better your feet/joints feel now that you have lost weight.  Thank you ever so much.

 

I had it for years. I wore orthopedic inserts and did lots of stretching but it never went away. Until I lost about 70 pounds. I still wear the inserts in my workout shoes and hiking shoes. Recently, it had been bothering me a bit one foot but my dr. said that is because I wear heels all the time. 

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Thank you, Stephtay- that means so much! My situation is similar- had it for years, orthotics and stretching haven't helped. I felt like the speciaists all just wanted to say "you're too heavy" but were bound either by diplomacy or the $$ they would lose. Can't wait to see if losing weight plus some of the rolling suggested by others will help- fingers crossed!!

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4 hours ago, Lynettski said:

. I felt like the speciaists all just wanted to say "you're too heavy" but were bound either by diplomacy or the $$ they would lose.

Oh my, you must have far more diplomatic specialists than me. Seems every specialist I've ever seen in my life has been more than happy to blame obesity for every ill known to man.

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11 hours ago, Aussie H said:

Oh my, you must have far more diplomatic specialists than me. Seems every specialist I've ever seen in my life has been more than happy to blame obesity for every ill known to man.

Isn't that the truth. Just had to come in on that point. Every doctor send to first see an obese person and only later consider that other factors may be impacting the person's quality of life.

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I had PF prior to surgery. When I got up out of bed in the morning, I used to feel like someone was sticking a hot poker into my heal with every step I took. I can't remember the last time I felt that way. Stretching really really helps too.

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oh my GAWD i had my first bout of PF about 3 weeks post op.  That pain is unbelievable.  I'm happy to say i haven't had anything like it since then.  I truly believe my excess weight had a LOT to do with it.  Your goal is slightly shy of 100 lighter. I don't see how that could NOT help with PF! good luck to you!

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