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Has anyone else had problems with Plantar fascitiis. I have on and off for 5 years. When I cut out gluten I got it in both feet! This seemed to be the storm before the calm though. For the first time in years my feet are not bothering me in August.

Diana

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Yes yes yes!!

I just read this in another post. I have had it 8 months and it is excruciating.

My doctor told me it is especially common in those over 40 who spend lots of time on their feet and especially women.

She gave me exercises that stretch the bit at the back of the heel and suggested rolling my heel over a golf ball. She did also tell me to rest, but laughed as she knows I have 2 small children...

I have been rubbish with the exercises, too busy learning about celiac.

A friend swears by steroid injections, eek.

I wonder if celiac makes a difference to healing rates? I have had problems with hands shoulders and knees not healing in the past.

Great you have had some relief, only been gluten-free 2 weeks, so maybe I'll get there eventually x

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Yep, my husband and I have had it too. It sucks. If you can, either get good fitting shoes with good arch support or get custom orthotics made. My husband was so miserable he had to get injections in his feet to help calm things down a bit at first. He then got custom foot orthotics made for his shoes and only has a problem now if his inserts begin to wear and break down. It's time for him to get replacements. I've done good without getting orthotics made and do well with Keen shoes(I'm not affiliated in any way). These shoes work well if you have custom inserts made also.

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Two words.

Untreated hypothyroidism.

There's a strong association.

If you are bring treated for thyroid, maybe consider it isn't addressing all of your symptoms.

Personally, I couldn't wear any shoes that didn't fasten around my heel - like flip flops.

I also was madly in love with these little torture devices. They work. http://www.balldynamics.com/product_info.php/products_id/505

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Two words.

Untreated hypothyroidism.

There's a strong association.

If you are bring treated for thyroid, maybe consider it isn't addressing all of your symptoms.

Personally, I couldn't wear any shoes that didn't fasten around my heel - like flip flops.

I also was madly in love with these little torture devices. They work. http://www.balldynamics.com/product_info.php/products_id/505

Very interesting! My daughter had it prior to learning of her thyroid problem.

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Pricklypear

Your spikey devices are even more hardcore than my golfball!

I am collecting past results from doctor soon. Will look at the thyroid readings then...

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Pricklypear

Your spikey devices are even more hardcore than my golfball!

I am collecting past results from doctor soon. Will look at the thyroid readings then...

They hurt like the devil but the relief is unbelievable.

After appropriate torture I could stand flat with weight evenly distributed and walk straight.

The worst thing about pf, to me, was how I altered my body to accommodate and that gave me pain down my legs and back.

If you try them, concentrate on the instep and the outer edge. Literally bend sections of your foot around them, using your body weight. Stand on them up against a wall. Listen to your joints pop and settle. Hurts but works.

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I had PF for over two years in both feet at different times. Many PT, MD visits. Was told to wear shoes all-the-time, never went without (wore with pajamas, with bathing suit). Wore supportive running shoes with custom orthotics to work with my business suits - yuk. Wore a night splint for 13 months every.single.night. That got old. Did yoga, toe exercises, iced my arch hours a day. I even wore the night splint on a trip to Europe.

At around the 14th month, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. The inflammitory process is pretty well known and can lead to things like joint pain, migraines, skin rashes etc. My PF pain lessened when I started the gluten-free diet and about three weeks later, I realized that I was not in pain anymore.

I will never know for sure, but based on my research I believe that the gluten caused inflammation everywhere in my body and when I went gluten-free it resolved. I did nothing else different. I am still a bit overweight, still trying to walk/run on trails, still lifting weights and doing yoga. I've never had PF pain again and it's been five years.

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I had PF for over two years in both feet at different times. Many PT, MD visits. Was told to wear shoes all-the-time, never went without (wore with pajamas, with bathing suit). Wore supportive running shoes with custom orthotics to work with my business suits - yuk. Wore a night splint for 13 months every.single.night. That got old. Did yoga, toe exercises, iced my arch hours a day. I even wore the night splint on a trip to Europe.

At around the 14th month, I was diagnosed with celiac disease. The inflammitory process is pretty well known and can lead to things like joint pain, migraines, skin rashes etc. My PF pain lessened when I started the gluten-free diet and about three weeks later, I realized that I was not in pain anymore.

I will never know for sure, but based on my research I believe that the gluten caused inflammation everywhere in my body and when I went gluten-free it resolved. I did nothing else different. I am still a bit overweight, still trying to walk/run on trails, still lifting weights and doing yoga. I've never had PF pain again and it's been five years.

I agree it's inflammation.

In my case, I had a very positive anti-inflammatory response when starting thyroid meds. Without doing anything else, the pf went away in 2 months.

I had some flare ups around the time I went gluten-free. The spiky things were miracle workers during that time, and before I got on thyroid meds.

I've seen pf mentioned several times as a thyroid symptom. Don't think I've ever seen it mentioned as a Celiac symptom but I think it should be.

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Yes yes yes!!

I just read this in another post. I have had it 8 months and it is excruciating.

My doctor told me it is especially common in those over 40 who spend lots of time on their feet and especially women.

She gave me exercises that stretch the bit at the back of the heel and suggested rolling my heel over a golf ball. She did also tell me to rest, but laughed as she knows I have 2 small children...

I have been rubbish with the exercises, too busy learning about celiac.

A friend swears by steroid injections, eek.

I wonder if celiac makes a difference to healing rates? I have had problems with hands shoulders and knees not healing in the past.

Great you have had some relief, only been gluten-free 2 weeks, so maybe I'll get there eventually x

I would ice my feet for 20 minutes at a time. Get Asics shoes for plantar f. or shoe inserts for it and do not take them off every time you walk.

I didn't do too much of my excercises, but I think it would help. I rolled my foot on a tennis ball; it felt better when I stopped.

I hope yours will improve also.

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Pricklypear thanks for mentioning hypothyroidism. I've had planters for a couple of years now. I could barely walk even with custom orthotics for almost a year. I had to leave me job, as I was a banquet server. It's been pretty good for the last year, but the past couple of months it is flaring up again. Except this time it's in BOTH feet, not just the right one.

I'm going for my yearly physical on the 19th. What tests should I ask for to check my thyroid? When my gastro doc checked my blood for Celiac he did the TSH, which was normal. (Sorry for the off topic question.)

As for dealing with planters, stretching is key! I take one of my daughter's karate belts and put it ever so slightly on the ball of my foot (but a little under too) and stretch for 30 seconds. Release for 30 seconds. I do 10 reps of this at least once a day. When my foot is flaring up I'll do this a couple of times a day. It helps a lot. You can use ice or heat too. Which ever helps you best.

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I noticed one other that had an increase in pain when going gluten free, anyone else? Anyone that did not have their pf respond after months on the diet? I was on excellent supplements besides what I already mentioned.

I hope each and every foot will respond. I remember the plantar facitis defined as a mysterious inflammation and then tearing. Maybe we have a possible cause for the mysterious swelling.

The lady that fit my shoes said; Wow! Your shoes show signs of your feet swelling and receding alot. This made a crease across the top of the shoe. It was about at the base of my toes. It also caused a buldge in the shoes by the big toe. Did everyone check their shoes for this kind of swelling? I am hoping to go see the shoe lady again to see if she thinks they have stopped swelling.

I hope to hear more.

Diana

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Mine or my husbands bout with this has not been linked to gluten or thyroid at all. I also work on my feet all day long in a hospital, so good shoes are a must. I do experience some foot aches and pains now and again but it's just from my feet being tired or needing new shoes/inserts for them. I have (knock on wood) not had PF in many years.

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