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Plantar Fasciitis Editor's Choice Story

Thursday, December 17, 2015

I really hate being overweight. I would like to be able to go in a store and find cute clothes in my size. I can find them, but I have to search really hard. The largest sizes in the regular sizes are usually too tight and ill fitting. The smallest sizes in the plus size section swallow me whole. It's always a headache to buy clothes. As if that isn't enough, I am only 5'2" tall and everything is too long. That should be incentive enough to want to lose weight. It wasn't though. I just wear my clothes that fit until they are worn completely out.
I have plantar fasciitis. Usually, as long as I stay below about 180 pounds, I have no issues from my feet at all-not even when I work a 12 hour shift. Once I reach about 200, the heels of my feet feel like every step that I take drives a nail through them. It is excruciatingly painful and there really isn't much that can be done for it. Why would I even consider gaining weight when I know how painful my feet will be once I do?? I guess I keep hoping that eventually my feet will get used to the weight. Haha. I wear a size 6 shoe. A size 6 is not big enough for all of this weight!! I have lost 22 pounds and my left foot is pain free and has been pain free for about a week now! My right foot is still hurting. It's worse when I first wake to the point that I can barely bare weight. It still hurts very much all of the time but it is bearable. I will be so glad when it gets healed up too. I am writing this blog as a reminder to myself of the most important reason that I must maintain a good weight. One of the editor's choice stories is about plantar fasciitis and it contains tips to help alleviate the inflammation which I will try. The story is sponsored by Vionic footwear. Go figure! The crazy thing is that about a month ago, I broke down and bought some Vionic shoes with the ortho heel because none of my shoes were even close to comfortable and I was willing to try anything I had already tried the heel inserts without much relief. Vionic shoes can be pricey, ranging upwards to $130 or more, but I lucked up and got mine during a sale for about $50. My left foot didn't quit hurting until I started wearing them. I guess it could be a combination of weight loss and proper support for plantar fasciitis that fixed it. I sure do hope that the right foot gets on board soon. I try to get 10k steps a day, but my feet can only take so much. There is something about the support in the Vionic shoe that does make the pain a little less. I can definitely tell a difference when I try to wear another pair of shoes. The shoes come in a lot of different colors, but they all look about the same. I sure don't want to have to wear the same type shoes for the rest of my life.

But now, I am beginning to wonder if Sparkpeople is stalking me. :p
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  • ZELLAZM
    Karen, I feel for you - I've recovered from plantar fascitis but it took a good 6 months or more. I did the exercises, wore night braces for several months (that REALLY helped with the early morning pain), but also I got inserts prescribed that I wear in ALL my shoes - except my Vionics and FitFlops. Even my house slippers are Vionics. I had to get rid of most of my shoes a couple of years ago because the inserts don't fit - some 30+ pair! but it's been worth it not to have that pain. Sometimes I wish I could wear "cute" shoes, but it was doing a lot of walking in the "cute" shoes that probably caused the injury in the first place.

    OK, that was long for a blog comment! Happy New Year! Happy New Challenge! Thanks for being our Firecracker CL! Let's do this!
    1929 days ago
  • MATTAB77
    Great post Karen! I too used to suffer from Plantar Fasciitis, I actually gained weight since first developing it! For me doing the foot exercises were got rid of it, good luck on your journey.

    Matt
    1934 days ago
  • NIGHTSKYSTAR
    Keep going..you can do this!!
    1944 days ago
  • KRISTINSGOALS
    YOU CAN DO IT, Karen! HUGS. You did an amazing job on your weight loss in the Fall Challenge. And I have no doubt the Winter Challenge will be the same. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
    1944 days ago
  • BATGURL250
    Congratulations on the weight loss and finding shoes that help!
    1944 days ago
  • JEANKNEE
    You know ... 200 lbs was too much for my size 9 feet too. I also suffered with plantar fasciitis. Yeah ... incredibly painful!

    Proper foot wear and weight loss eventually ushered it out. Even though I am much taller than you are, my body required a 50+ pound weight loss of me before they healed. I had to get under 155 lbs.

    You likely have a much stronger skeletal structure than I do. Hope you are free of the plantar fasciitis soon! Do take care of yourself and don't skimp on proper foot wear. It matters!
    1945 days ago
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