Your Questions About Weight Loss Plantar Fasciitis

by Maricela on January 2, 2013

Jenny asks…

how do you get read of Plantar fasciitis?

I’ve been able to walk or jog for exercise for almost 3 months now. I’m taking naprosin, iceing, etc… with no relief.

Maricela answers:

I had plantar fascitis six years ago. I had to go to a massage therapist and have them massage my right heel and I had to do stretch exercises where you extend your toes upward to allow the calf muscle to s-t-r-e-t-c-h; Ive also lost 60 lbs in the meantime. The weight loss was the best approach but it took three long years.

Donna asks…

How can I really fix my heel pain without surgery?

I have had chronic heel pain for over 6 years. I am on my feet for 12 hour shifts. I have been told I have plantar faciitis and have been to several doctors who have taught me several stretches. I have had cortisone injections and tried taping and icing. I have tried many heel pads, cups and arch supports. Now I am told the only answer is surgery. I can’t have surgery because of the recovery time. If anyone can help I would be eternally greatful. Thank you!!

Maricela answers:

It seems that you have exhausted all the conservative methods for treating plantar fasciitis. Weight loss, stretching before work, and comfotable shoes may provide relief. I know no one likes to be operated on, so good luck.

Laura asks…

Do the Sketchers walking shoes really help with walking to lose weight?

Maricela answers:

Ok, here is what i’ve heard about them. More people are getting them for the uber thick sole rather than for the walking/muscle tone benefits. People with plantar fasciitis (like me) and heel bone spurs and things like that are saying they have the marshmallow-eest cushiony soles they have ever tried (and i agree). I have plantar fasciitis plus im 120 lbs or so over weight so i bought them for the thick soles too (u can’t find a shoe with a sole that thick with a reg. Shoe). I have not noticed any toning or weight loss or anything …just a bit less foot pain. They aren’t perfect though. They need more of a arch support., my arches are still aching bad. But it helps with the heels and balls of my feet,. Takes alot of this weight pressure off my feet . So in short, i love ’em ..,just not for the reasons they market them for.

Mary asks…

Running affects on the body and general health ?

Is running classed as a “high impact sport” and is there any serious or painful longterm affect on the body, esspecially for someone with weak connective tissuse ?
Ive got to add that i do cycle 35-40 mile a day so weight loss and fitness gain arent really an issue, im asking because i was thinking of triathlon

Maricela answers:

Yes, running is a high impact sport. I think the other answerer was thinking “contact sports,” ha ha. Anyway, yes, running does wear and tear on the joints. You just have to know when to back off and take a rest day every once and awhile.

I’ve been running all my life. I am training for a marathon, and I have run other races before. A few months ago, I had to go to the foot doctor because my feet became numb at night, especially when I took a long run in the afternoon of that day. I had plantar fasciitis and bursitis and had to stay off running for two weeks until my feet healed. During that time, I had to bike or do the rowing machine or some other cross training exercise.

Here’s another kicker: My foot doctor told me he ran four marathons in his life and other running events…he had to have two total knee replacements, and he showed me the scars. He’s in his 70s. So, running does have an impact on your joints, and some say walking is better because you are constantly “pounding” away at your joints.

But, running burns more calories than any other cardiovascular exercise, so people tend to choose running over walking.

When you’re dealing with an activity that uses a majority of your muscles, bones and strength, then yes, there could be long-term health effects.

But, there are also more positive than negative, such as the endorphins running gives off, which in studies has been proven that runners often live longer, more satisfied lives. Plus, the weight loss results and preventing heart conditions.

All in all, if you do have weak connective tissue, you should stick with walking. But, if you choose running only run as many miles as you feel comfortable, and definitely take rest days in between.

Always check with your doctor before starting a new exercise routine.

Paul asks…

What is a bone spur I have one and I cant find any info on it?

I have one and I cant find info that makes sence

Maricela answers:

Bone spurs, also called osteophytes, are bony projections that develop along the edges of bones. The bone spurs themselves aren’t painful, but they can rub against nearby nerves and bones and cause pain.

Bone spurs can form on any bone, and they often form where bones meet each other — in your joints. But, they can also be found where ligaments and tendons connect with bone. Bone spurs can also form on the bones of your spine.

Most bone spurs cause no symptoms and may go undetected for years. What treatment, if any, that you receive for your bone spurs depends on where they’re located and how they affect your health.

Most bone spurs cause no signs or symptoms. Often you don’t even realize you have bone spurs until an X-ray for another condition reveals the growths.

But some bone spurs can cause:

* Pain in your joints
* Loss of motion in your joints

Location determines other symptoms
Where your bone spurs are located determines where you’ll feel pain and whether you’ll experience any other signs or symptoms. For instance:

* In your knee, bone spurs may make it painful to extend and bend your leg. Bone spurs can get in the way of bones and tendons that keep your knee operating smoothly.
* On your spine, bone spurs can push against your nerves, or even your spinal cord, causing pain and numbness elsewhere in your body.
* On your neck, cervical bone spurs can protrude inward, occasionally making it difficult to swallow or painful to breathe. Bone spurs can also push against veins, restricting blood flow to your brain.
* In your shoulder, bone spurs can restrict the range of motion of your arm. Bone spurs can rub on your rotator cuff, a group of tendons that help control your shoulder movements. This can cause swelling (tendinitis) and tears in your rotator cuff.
* On your fingers, bone spurs may appear as hard lumps under your skin, making your fingers appear disfigured. Bone spurs on your fingers may cause intermittent pain.

Bone spurs usually occur as a result of a disease or condition — commonly with osteoarthritis. As osteoarthritis breaks down the cartilage in your joint, your body attempts to repair the loss. Often this means creating new areas of bone along the edges of your existing bones.

Bone spurs are the hallmark of other diseases and conditions, including:

* Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). This condition causes bony growths to form on the ligaments of your spine.
* Plantar fasciitis. A bone spur, sometimes called a heel spur, can form where the connective tissue (fascia) connects to your heel bone (calcaneus). The spur results from chronic irritation or inflammation of the connective tissue, but the spur itself doesn’t cause the pain associated with plantar fasciitis.
* Spondylosis. In this condition, osteoarthritis and bone spurs cause degeneration of the bones in your neck (cervical spondylosis) or your lower back (lumbar spondylosis).
* Spinal stenosis. Bone spurs can contribute to a narrowing of the bones that make up your spine (spinal stenosis), putting pressure on your spinal cord.

May be a normal part of aging
Bone spurs can also form on their own. They may be a normal part of aging. They’ve been found in older people who don’t have osteoarthritis or other diseases.

Your body may create bone spurs to add stability to aging joints. Bone spurs may help redistribute your weight to protect areas of cartilage that are beginning to break down. For some people, bone spurs may actually provide a benefit, instead of being a painful condition.

If you experience joint pain, your doctor will conduct a physical exam to better understand the pain you’re feeling. He or she may feel around your joint to determine exactly where your pain is coming from. Sometimes your doctor can feel a bone spur, though sometimes bone spurs form in spots that can’t be easily felt.

To confirm a diagnosis, your doctor may order imaging tests to get a look at your joints and bones. Some common ways of looking for bone spurs include:

* X-ray exams
* Computerized tomography (CT) scans
* Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans

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