Your Questions About Weight Loss Plantar Fasciitis

by Maricela on February 16, 2013

Maria asks…

Please share your successful weight-loss stories with me?

I am a 24 year old female and have become seriously overweight since having my child – almost 2 years ago and STILL havent lost any of the weight. I am looking to lose 50-100 lbs. and need some advice on how to do it in a healthy way. I want to change my lifestyle completely, not just lose the weight. It is to the point where my weight has effected my health in a very negative way – I just recently had my gallbladder removed (not sure if it was related to my weight, but was told it was probably from pregnancy), I have plantar fasciitis (my heels KILL me all the time), and my hip has been hurting for almost a month now and I havent found out why yet. Needless to say, it is time to take the weight off. Can anyone tell me how they have successfully lost weight and how? Can anyone give me any weightloss tips that have worked for them? Please, any suggestions would be great…

Maricela answers:

Go wheat free. No pasta, pizza, bread and so on. And no food after 7 p.m.
I know a woman who lost 60 pounds a month on it. She did nothing else!

Lizzie asks…

Does acupuncture work?

What EVIDENCE is there that Acupuncture works?

Maricela answers:

Acupuncture literally means ‘needle piercing,” the practice of inserting very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific anatomic points in the body (called acupoints or acupuncture points) for therapeutic purposes. Along with the usual method of puncturing the skin with the fine needles, the practitioners of acupuncture also use heat, pressure, friction, suction, or impulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the points. The acupoints (acupuncture points) are stimulated to balance the movement of energy (qi) in the body to restore health.
The body continually generates tiny but detectable electrical discharges. This electrical field influences the growth, maturation, and functioning of some types of cells. It is known that acupuncture points are concentrated in regions of low electrical resistance. Studies have shown that there is a correlation between the electromagnetic fields in the body and the channels or meridians. So, this electrical theory of acupuncture suggests that acupuncture works by influencing the body’s electromagnetic fields. Acupuncture points have certain electrical properties, and stimulating these points alters chemical neurotransmitters in the body.
The American Academy of Medical Acupuncture (2004) states: “In e United States, acupuncture has greatest success in the treatment of musculoskeletal pain.. They say that acupuncture may be considered for the conditions in the list below, noting: ”
•Abdominal distention/flatulence
•Acute and chronic pain control
•Allergic sinusitis
•Anesthesia for high-risk patients or patients with previous adverse responses to anesthetics
•Anorexia
•Anxiety, fright, panic
•Arthritis/arthrosis
•Atypical chest pain (negative workup)
•Bursitis, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome
•Certain functional gastrointestinal disorders (nausea and vomiting, esophageal spasm, hyperacidity, irritable bowel) *
•Cervical and lumbar spine syndromes
•Constipation, diarrhea •Cough with contraindications for narcotics
•Drug detoxification
•Dysmenorrhea, pelvic pain
•Frozen shoulder
•Headache (migraine and tension-type), vertigo (Meniere disease), tinnitus
•Idiopathic palpitations, sinus tachycardia
•In fractures, assisting in pain control, edema, and enhancing healing process
•Muscle spasms, tremors, tics, contractures
•Neuralgias (trigeminal, herpes zoster, postherpetic pain, other)
•Paresthesias
•Persistent hiccups
•Phantom pain •Plantar fasciitis
•Post-traumatic and post-operative ileus
•Selected dermatoses (urticaria, pruritus, eczema, psoriasis)
•Sequelae of stroke syndrome (aphasia, hemiplegia)
•Seventh nerve palsy
•Severe hyperthermia
•Sprains and contusions
•Temporo-mandibular joint derangement, bruxism
•Urinary incontinence, retention (neurogenic, spastic, adverse drug effect)
•Weight Loss
In 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a review and analysis of controlled clinical trials on acupuncture. They listed the following as “Diseases, symptoms or conditions for which acupuncture has been proved – through controlled trials – to be an effective treatment”:
•Adverse reactions to radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy
•Allergic rhinitis (including hay fever)
•Biliary colic
•Depression (including depressive neurosis and depression following stroke)
•Dysentery, acute bacillary
•Dysmenorrhoea, primary
•Epigastralgia, acute (in peptic ulcer, acute and chronic gastritis, and gastrospasm)
•Facial pain (including craniomandibular disorders)
•Headache
•Hypertension, essential
•Hypotension, primary
•Induction of labour
•Knee pain •Leukopenia
•Low back pain
•Malposition of fetus, correction of
•Morning sickness
•Nausea and vomiting
•Neck pain
•Pain in dentistry (including dental pain and temporomandibular dysfunction)
•Periarthritis of shoulder
•Postoperative pain
•Renal colic
•Rheumatoid arthritis
•Sciatica
•Sprain
•Stroke
•Tennis elbow
Additionally, the WHO listed several dozen additional conditions “for which the therapeutic effect of acupuncture has been shown but for which further proof is needed”.

Paul asks…

Are bone spurs bad to have?

I have a lump on my foot and, after doing a little research, I am sure that I have a mid-foot bone spur, where the metatarsal connects to the cuneiform.

What I have not found is any information on whether or not its important to get it removed (which would require surgery). Are bone spurs potentially harmful? Are there any good resources about them online?

Maricela answers:

What is a bone spur?

A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth formed on normal bone. Most people think of something sharp when they think of a “spur,” but a bone spur is just extra bone. It’s usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments, tendons, or nerves in the body. Common places for bone spurs include the spine, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet.

What causes bone spurs?

A bone spur forms as the body tries to repair itself by building extra bone. It generally forms in response to pressure, rubbing, or stress that continues over a long period of time.

Some bone spurs form as part of the aging process. As we age, the slippery tissue called cartilage that covers the ends of the bones within joints breaks down and eventually wears away (osteoarthritis). In addition, the discs that provide cushioning between the bones of the spine may break down with age. Over time, this leads to pain and swelling and, in some cases, bone spurs forming along the edges of the joint. Bone spurs due to aging are especially common in the joints of the spine and feet.

Bone spurs also form in the feet in response to tight ligaments, to activities such as dancing and running that put stress on the feet, and to pressure from being overweight or from poorly fitting shoes. For example, the long ligament on the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia) can become stressed or tight and pull on the heel, causing the ligament to become inflamed (plantar fasciitis). As the bone tries to mend itself, a bone spur can form on the bottom of the heel (known as a “heel spur”). Pressure at the back of the heel from frequently wearing shoes that are too tight can cause a bone spur on the back of the heel. This is sometimes called a “pump bump” because it is often seen in women who wear high heels.

Another common site for bone spurs is the shoulder. Your shoulder joint is able to move in a number of directions due to its complex structure. Over time, the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments that make up your shoulder can wear against one another. The muscles that allow you to lift and rotate your arm (called the rotator cuff) start at your shoulder blade and are attached to your upper arm with tendons. As these tendons move through the narrow space between the top of your shoulder and your upper arm, they can rub on the bones. Bone spurs can form in this narrow area that, in turn, pinch the rotator cuff tendons, resulting in irritation, inflammation, stiffness, weakness, pain, and sometimes tearing of the tendon. This condition, rotator cuff disorder, commonly occurs with age and/or repetitive use of the shoulder. It is also common in athletes, especially baseball players, and in people such as painters who frequently work with their arms above their heads.

What are the symptoms?

Many people have bone spurs without ever knowing it, because most bone spurs cause no symptoms. However, if they are pressing on other bones or tissues or are causing a muscle or tendon to rub, they can break that tissue down over time, causing swelling, pain, and tearing. Bone spurs in the foot can also cause corns and calluses when tissue builds up to provide added padding over the bone spur.

How are bone spurs diagnosed?

A bone spur is usually visible on an X-ray. However, since most bone spurs do not cause problems, it would be unusual to take an X-ray just to see whether you have a bone spur. If you had an X-ray to evaluate one of the problems associated with bone spurs, such as arthritis, bone spurs would be visible on that X-ray.

How are they treated?

Bone spurs do not require treatment unless they are causing pain or damaging other tissues. When needed, treatment may be directed at the causes, the symptoms, or the bone spurs themselves.

Treatment directed at the cause of bone spurs may include weight loss to take some pressure off the joints (especially when osteoarthritis or plantar fasciitis is the cause) and stretching the affected area, such as the heel cord and bottom of the foot. Seeing a physical therapist for ultrasound or deep tissue massage may be helpful for plantar fasciitis or shoulder pain.

Treatment directed at symptoms could include rest, ice, stretching, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen. Education in how to protect your joints is helpful if you have osteoarthritis. If a bone spur is in your foot, changing footwear or adding padding or a shoe insert such as a heel cup or orthotic may help. If the bone spur is causing corns or calluses, padding the area or wearing different shoes can help. A podiatrist (foot doctor) may be consulted if corns and calluses become a bigger problem. If the bone spur continues to cause symptoms, your health professional may suggest a corticosteroid injection at the painful area to decrease pain and inflammation of the soft tissues next to the bone spur.

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Nancy asks…

working out… weight loss?

okay so just to start off im 5’0″ and weight 115 pounds and am in 9th grade (15 yrs old). i joined track to get in shape/ lose weight. however… i have plantar fasciitis and it flared up after 2 weeks of track. soo now im go to the weight room every day after school instead of going outside and running for track which worsens my plantar fasciitis.
what exercises should i do to have effective results that i would acheive by doing track? i usually use the bike for 20 mins (usually reach about 8 miles) then i do ab workouts and som leg presses to build muscle.
what would be a good daily workout?

Maricela answers:

Hi
For me it all started with plantar fasciitis. The best cardio exercise for someone with plantar fasciitis is swimming and riding a bicycle. I used to run and I got plantar fasciitis so I started to swim and cycle. Today I’m better with my PF so I ended up as a triathlete. I have finished my first olympic triathlon race last summer.
There are many things you can do to treat your PF although I understood that treatment efficiency is very individual. If something works for one it will not necessarily work for the other.
I have found taping very useful. Taping will keep your foot from getting injured again and will help you get through your daily routine and exercises.
I found a very informative website in:
http://www.plantar-fasciitis-elrofeet.com
You should also consult a podiatrist.
Take care & Good luck

Mary asks…

help.anyone had heel spur surgery,plantar fasciitis?

how were your results and how long needed off for work?im way past the self help.done it all.many shots,orthotics,weight loss,shoes,taping,stretches,hot-cold packs and nothing seems to cure it for about 3yrs now.im tired of limping in pain.thanks

Maricela answers:

Have you tried Shock wave therapy. This is in an out patient setting and you will have 4 weeks of limited activity.
For more information I’ll give you a web page that will be a great source of information to help you decide if it is right for you or not. There are a number of resources there you can go to. Good Luck

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