Remember me? The one with heel pain...

  1. Hi everyone. Thanks for everyone who respondIed. You all were very kind and your advice are very valuable. I still have plantar fasciitis, but I'm currently doing Airrosti treatments... It's working so far, thanks to God. Please pray for me everyone that I can finally get better. Thanks...
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  3. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    Quote from LearningRN
    I'm currently doing Airrosti treatments... It's working so far, thanks to God. Please pray for me everyone that I can finally get better. Thanks...
    Please tell me: what are Airrosti treatments? Is this ESWT?
  4. by   pyrolady
    I would also like to know what this treatment is - and did you see a podiastrist or an orth? I have the same thing, and seems to be common among nurses (aren't we lucky....). Thanks for the hlep.
  5. by   Miss Chybil RN
    I get a lot of relief from my plantar fasciitis by icing. (Frozen juice cans work perfectly.)
  6. by   LearningRN
    Airrosti is a treatment done by a Chiropractor. He uses his hands to correct tissue distortion. I hope I explained that correctly. Basically when I got to the office, the doctor interviewed me about my symptoms, other treatments, and what other doctors have told me. Then he examined my feet, legs, and gait. Then he used Airrosti from my legs to my feet (I'd describe like a very painful massage). He was as gentle as he could be though. Afterwards he made me walk around again to see if I felt better (which surprisingly I did). Then he did Cold Laser Therapy on me (which was noninvasive and painless) and taped my leg after (yup my legs not my feet). He also taught me exercises to do at home to help strengthen my legs and plantar fascia.

    So for about a week after my first treatment I felt really sore and thought "it's not helping me," but then by the second week I starting to feel better. So I made another appointment. The second treatment was the same, and I expected a lot of soreness afterwards. I was surprised to find that I had minimal soreness, and I felt even better the next day. I was steadily getting better by the third day, but after that I've kind of just stayed at where I am. I made another appointment today and hopefully this will give me the "push" to be completely better, since I feel that the pain is very, very minimized.

    Oh my info is that I'm a 22 year old female RN who started to have pain symptoms on March. Don't walk around because of the pain so I've gained weight (which doesn't help me). In fact I've rented a wheelchair so that I am able to go grocery shopping (It just really hurts to walk).


    The doctor I'm seeing is so friendly and caring. He even agreed to open his practice on the weekends for me because I work Mon- Fri and I live about 4 hours away so it's hard to just take off.

    What I've tried:
    Icing
    Physical Therapy
    massage
    estim
    ultrasound (I bought a portable ultrasound that I use at home)
    ART active release technique
    stretching
    orthotics

    I have not tried:
    Injections
    surgery
    ESWT
    cryosurgery
    or anything invasive

    I just want to exhaust all my conservative methods before I try an invasive route. A doctor who sold me my orthotics told me that as long as I didn't try anything invasive, there should be no reason why I couldn't get better. The reason is that going through an invasive route alters your anatomy and original placement of tissues (even injections reduces your fat pad on your heel).

    Tomorrow is my third appointment and I'm going to drive up there in a few hours. Please pray for me and wish me luck everyone!
    Last edit by LearningRN on Sep 30, '06
  7. by   dianah
    Wow, you've certainly explored your noninvasive options! Appreciate your posting here, I'm sure others suffer as you do, and it's good to have alternatives to try. We're NOT all created equal, and what works for one doesn't always work for another, so once again, the alternatives are good to know!

    Wishing you a successful treatment, with reduced pain and increased mobility!
  8. by   kitty29
    Quote from LearningRN
    Hi everyone. Thanks for everyone who respondIed. You all were very kind and your advice are very valuable. I still have plantar fasciitis, but I'm currently doing Airrosti treatments... It's working so far, thanks to God. Please pray for me everyone that I can finally get better. Thanks...
    What is that treatments?
  9. by   kitty29
    Oops I see you've already aswered that...sorry I should read the whole thing before commenting a bad habit!
  10. by   RebeccaJeanRN
    For me, I chose the route of multiple cortisone injections. The plantar fasciitis was absolutely crippling so I felt I had no choice if I was going to finish nursing school. It really helped, but if others are considering the same, be aware that it came with a price. I now have some numbness and issues with a burning sensation in my foot when in closed toed shoes awhile (is alarming because it seems like a nerve problem now, possibly caused by all the shots). However, nothing now is anywhere near as bad as the severe plantar fasciitis I suffered from- on a scale of 1-10, I'd put that pain as a 10 (others with this problem know that its a hammering, stabbing, throbbing, off-the-scale pain!) and can easily say it was the worst pain of my life and it lasted for 3 whole MONTHS!!! (till series of cortisone shots). The burning/numbness is obnoxious now, and alarms me, but at least I can walk without pain...so I'd still do the shots again if given the choice. I still wonder...is there any pain on this planet quite as bad as plantar fasciitis? You certainly have my sympathy!!!!

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