Saturday, April 21, 2012

Keepin' On

I feel like crap this morning. I have gotten about 3 hours of sleep per night since Wednesday and it is not working out well for me (up with sick kid, doctor is trying to be 'conservative' and not treat with antibiotics but an urgent care visit may be in our future today). When I got up this morning all I wanted was a glass of orange juice and a breakfast sandwich... something with egg and cheese and meat on a biscuit. I almost did it too, but I told myself no. I have got to stay off the crazy train and while a piece of birthday cake on my kid's birthday might be an okay rare indulgence, eating refined grains and fatty sausage and drinking high (natural) sugar OJ is just not in the best interests of my health. I am determined to keep my carbs low generally and keep my calories low in order to reduce my intense PAIN and perhaps also my blood pressure. So I had a yogurt for breakfast instead. By the way, my newest 'find' is Siggi's Icelandic style skyr nonfat yogurt, which is like Greek yogurt in texture but even the flavored cups have low carbs; one container of Orange & Ginger flavor has 100 calories, 11 grams of carbs, and 14 grams of protein. No artificial anything. Good stuff and not overly sweet. Just FYI.

I am wondering if any of you have tried using apple cider vinegar for plantar fasciitis. Anyone? A friend told me it could help, but I have a hard time getting the stuff down. I wonder if ACV capsules of some sort would work. I am doing the stretches my foot doctor recommended, but still limp an awful lot. I had to skip my beloved agility class with the pup last week due to the pain.

It's a lovely sunny day so I am going to try and focus on the good today to brighten my sleep-deprived foggy mood. I'll take my daughter out in the yard for some sunshine and fresh air, maybe pull some weeds and think about where I want to plant my tulip bulbs. Have a great weekend!


Anonymous said...

I love Siggi's! It's made of milk from grass-fed cows too.

Theresa said...

I would love to say that something worked for my PF but absolutely NOTHING dd....... Except losing weight. Now that I'm up about forty pounds I'm terrified it will return. There is no pain like it. I'm so sorry this is an issue you are suffering with. There were times I would actually cry it hurt so bad if I Couldn't get off my feet. The best stretch for me was standing on a step with the toes on the step and the majority of the foot hanging off and then going up on the toes and down for a long stretch. Good luck with it Lyn. :)

Beth@WeightMaven said...

I don't have plantar fasciatis, so cannot speak to that, but I use ACV to make the vinaigrette for my salad every day (I use 1T olive oil and 2T ACV). That goes down very nicely ;).

Princess Dieter said...

I got plantar fasciitis in 1997, and it was EXCRUCIATING. I had to have steroid injections to my feet, then a regimen of icing (20 min sessions while watching tv with my feet on frozen-packs) and stretching--and keeping a belt by the bed to strectch the area before standing up, whch helped oodles. I don't know what regimen you are on, but the stretches are ESSENTIAL...and you can find them online, I'm sure... I suspect more helpful than ACV.

Getting weight off helps too, no doubt... :)

Tracy said...

Lynn, for your feet, have you tried freezing a bottle of water and roll your foot over it for 20 minutes. It really does help to do that after each time you exercise....hang in there, get some rest and take good care!

Jennifer McNeely said...

the ONLY thing that EVER worked for me with PF is acupuncture, think i mentioned it before, 2 treatments and it was gone baby gone, after 9 months of exercises, braces and stretching!! Some places have community acupuncture where it is sliding and fee and some plans cover it. It works! For real-sees.

Anonymous said...

Birkenstocks helped with my PF, but it was a mild case. Keep going, Lyn! You are so inspiring to me!


pamk said...

The thing that helped my PF the most was having good, supportive, structured shoes with a soft sole and a good arch support. Once I started wearing good shoes, mine went away.

Anonymous said...

I had PF for many years. I'm sorry to hear you are experiencing this. I know how debilitating it can be. Orthotics and stretching exercises like the stair drop one described by Theresa above really helped. Ultimately, I got better when I broke my leg and was forced to have my right foot flexed up in a leg cast and then otherwise rested the left one due to the inactivity. From what I understand, many people get better using foot splints to sleep with that keep the feet flexed upward - same effect as my cast. All the best to you.

Broz said...

Plantar fascitis is the worst. I had it for almost a year. NOTHING made it better except not running and wearing super supportive shoes (basically running shoes with high arch inserts).

The problem with plantar fasciatis is you re-injure yourself every morning when you get out of bed. Overnight, people tend to point their feet, so the fascia (the connective tissue across the bottom of the foot) isn't stretched at all, so it gets tight while the bottom of your foot is effectively shorter. Then when you get out of bed, your feet stretch flat and the fascia tears AGAIN. And this happens every morning, making healing very difficult. My foot doctor recommended getting out of bed slowly (not just jumping up and walking around). While sitting on the edge of the bed, stretch your feet by clenching and unclenching them on the carpet (like you are gripping the rug with your toes for about 20s at a time), then directly putting on a pair of supportive shoes (i.e. sneakers, not slippers, not flip flops, nothing with a flat sole, trust me - I tried to find anything besides sneakers to wear but nothing worked). I think this helped, but it didn't cure it. The only thing that worked was giving the injury plenty of time to heal-and that meant no running, no long walks, even no biking. I could swim, but I hated that.

Anyway, I know how you feel. You want to be active. And it feels like "cheating" to skip workouts because of your feet. But trust me, if you did like I did (rested for two weeks, felt better than went for a run and promptly re-injured my foot again), it will take a year to heal instead of 6 weeks (give or take, that seemed to be about how long I had to completely abstain from running before I felt any long-term relief).

Seriously consider shoes inserts, they say even the ones you can get for $20 at the drugstore are as effective as custom inserts. I'm finding that almost no shoes these days are made with any arch support.

Good luck, seriously feeling for you.

Coralee said...

In regards to your plantar fasciatis problem I was dealing with that last year and my podiatrist had an interesting suggestion. I live in a character house with all wood floors, no carpet anywhere which I prefer. I have always had strictly indoor shoes I wear but they were always just cheap slippers or fip flops. My podiatrist says you should always have a pair of indoor shoes but suggested something with a good amount of support so I bought a pair of Merrell slip ons and I where them whenever I am home. I haven't done anything else but switch to these more supportive shoes and honestly it has made a huge difference for me and I haven't had any pain in months. This might be worth trying because you could probably find a good quality slip on somewhere on sale and if it doesn't work for you then you won't be out of pocket much. Anyway, PF is a huge pain so I hope you find some relief somewhere soon.
Hope your weekend is getting better!

Jac said...

Whenever I'm dying for one of those breakfast sandwiches, I put a fried egg and some bacon or prosciutto on one of these buns -

A much lower-guilt way to enjoy that treat!

Diana said...

I'm so sorry about your PF. A dear friend of mine had it and she was in terrible pain. I think she had some orthodics made that helped.

I don't know about ACV helping PF, but my sister and brother-in-law were loyal to drinking ACV every day, along with a ton of vitamins and supplements. My brother-in-law had massive congestive heart failure two years ago (he was 73) and died in 8 days. And you know about my sister, serious stroke at 73. So I don't know about the miracles of ACV. LOL!

Funny about the breakfast sandwich. I've been having one almost every day for the last four years. Canadian bacon, 2% cheese, egg and Thomas Light Multi-grain muffin. 310 calories. Today, for the first time I noticed the sodium count. 983 mg! I decided today that has to stop. Once and a while is okay, but not every day.

Anyway, hang in there Lyn. We've been on the same track for so long, it's really kind of funny. Right now we're both really trying to make a turnaround, and I think we can do it! said...

Plantar's fasciatis is no fun. I've found the following 3 things REALLY do help:
1. Sneakers/running shoes with stronger than normal arch support (cost a little more but worth it) - wear them often & replace as a runner would. Too many people don't realize the heel pain is actually due to overstretched, flattened arch muscles, even if your feet arches look fine.
2. Lose extra weight (like you, I'm a WIP but every pound really does help)
3. Every day I balance on the edge of a stair with my heels hanging off. Gently holding the railing for balance, slowly lower your heels and hold the stretch for as long as you can. Do this 10-12 times, holding the stretch for up to a minute. REALLY works to heal and for prevention, too. Good luck

Anonymous said...

I've remained quiet about the PF topic because I knew I'd alienate every podiatrist out there with my, completely unsubstantiated belief.
Due to a severe case of it in my right foot, a few years ago (normal weight), I not only went to the podiatrist and got ONE excruciatingly painful shot that I did not know was only going to help for SEVEN days, but I started looking for answers and interventions that might help long term.
As you know, once you start talking about it, people share their own experiences, as well as everybody else's. This was good for me, because in addition to the information on the Internet I reached my aforementioned untested hypothesis.

You know how people say that a lost object was in the last place they looked? Well, duh, why would they continue looking after they found it, of course it was in the last place they looked.

Having heard and read about dozens and dozens of interventions that worked for everybody who has ever suffered from PF, almost all of them DIFFERENT from the others, from the overnight splint that sounds horrendous, to a particular type of hiking boots, to different kinds of support, to some massages and weird baths to name, it, my conclusion is: PF GOES AWAY ON ITS OWN.

Whatever somebody tried LAST, following so many other interventions, is WHAT WORKS. Right. It works in the sense that it was the last thing they tried, so what else could explain the sudden absence of pain, but the last intervention? I believe it is a matter of correlation, not causation.

Having said that, I am quite certain that wt. loss helps (IF indeed the sufferer is overweight, which many are not), support may help (though I used and stopped using mine and the PF Sx did not return). Gentle stretches and massages may help alleviate the pain, if done before standing (though once mine went away I never did it again), the iced bottle roll may help (never used it myself). What I believe is that ultimately, it simply goes away after a while regardless of intervention or lack thereof.

I do not know what happens if there is actual
tearing of the fascia. Mine was not torn, according to the x-ray. Anyway, I could be absolutely wrong in my analysis, so just take it as an additional piece of (useless) info.
Regardless, since the pain is unbearable while you have it, I hope that you find some relief.

Diandra said...

ACV is an aquired taste. In the beginning I used to mix the drink with honey, these days I drink it without. You get used to it, same as with coffee. ^^

(I use it for lots of beauty-related stuff, such as shiny hair and clear skin. Wouldn't know about inflammatory issues.)

Karen said...

I agree with the other posters about the right shoes! I suffered for a year+, and half of the pounds I had lost came back on as I spent all non-work hours on the couch and we ate a lot of fast food (since I couldn't shop or cook very much). I saw a podiatrist and got some pain medication and some orthotics. BUT the pain didn't go away completely until I went to a full-service shoe store and had my size properly determined. I had been buying 8.5W shoes, but properly fitted wear a 9 or 9.5N. What a huge difference! The narrow shoe supports my arch correctly and feels great. I also purchased SAS shoes and almost overnight the pain went away completely! Also, I massage my feet and achilles tendon nightly. Good luck, it's some of the worst pain!

Anonymous said...

I have had plantar fascitis, and what helped me was proper shoes with good arch support, and never, ever going barefoot. I bought a pair of Birkenstock sandals to wear in the house, at night when I go to the bathroom I slip them on.

I make sure that I buy good shoes with lots of support. For walking I have Merrils and New Balance, for work I have Chaco and Born. They are pricy, but it's worth it.

Anonymous said...

I had terrible case of PF back in 04-06. Finally after some research I found some chiropractors or phys therapists will do ultrasound or iontophoresis on the foot. It took a couple months but it broke up the inflammatin and slowly it was gone!!!