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Old 08-20-2011, 02:28 PM   #16
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Wow, thanks everyone! I will go and buy a pair of Crocs. I always felt like they were too hard when I tried them on, but then I read more about them and it says as you wear them they soften and conform. I think I'll start with the Classic type and go from there.
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Old 08-20-2011, 03:08 PM   #17
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Yay! Be sure to break them in by wearing socks with them. It'll not hurt your feet, you shouldn't get blisters and most importantly, your feet won't slip around as much. For winter, get you a pair of Mammoth style.. Oh my, so warm and this way you can always have support for your feet. Btw, keep your crocs at the side of your bed and slip into them when you get up. Keep the barefoot walking to a minimum.
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I've had chronic PF for years, which comes and goes occasionally. The shots work well, and rolling your arches on a tennis ball is a good temporary fix.

I've also used a rigid night splint for years, on whichever foot is worse that day, and it does make a big difference. I know several people who can't stand to sleep in them, but if you can accustom yourself to it, you'll like the results. A couple of on-line shops that specialize in foot pain relief have them and they ran about $55 the last time I looked.

We rented a push wheelchair one year and my DH had DS(almost)12 push it. I can tell you now that the scariest ride in all of Disney is a wheelchair with a 12-year-old pushing it! (Can you picture him giving it a push at the top of a gentle incline and running down the hill behind me )

Oh, and about getting the inserts into your shoes: I've had the custom orthotic soles for years, and I end up buying shoes that are 1/2 to 1 size larger than I normally wear...it's important to pull out the original insole and put in your orthotic when you try it on (for that reason, I don't buy shoes where the insole is glued in, because it would be too, too rude to rip it out to try on the shoe!).

If you can get to a GOOD shoe store with specialty shoes (we have The Walking Place), try to find a pair with a high arch built in. I've bought several pairs of Mephisto sandals over the year and I swear by them! They're seriously expensive, but I wear them all the time, they'll last 2-3 summers, and I don't waste money buying a bunch of cheap-but-cute sandals that kill my feet.

Anyway, best of luck, do some on-line hunts for tips, and don't overdo it.

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Old 08-24-2011, 10:49 PM   #19
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Stretching before I got out of bed was the number one thing that worked for me. I also found that wearing Doc Martin shoes and/or sandles helped my feet the best... I know they seem very heavy but my feet felt so much better at the end of the day AND in the morning when I woke up.
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I know your pain

I know this post is old, but I made an account here just to share my story.

Two years ago when I was at WDW with a group of friends, I ruptured my plantar fascia tendon. The weird part is that, whether due to sugar or excitement, I didn't even feel any pain until around 2am in the morning. It was a searing pain that woke up up, I thought my foot was falling off. It was so painful. I chose to stay at home the next day rather than trek to Downtown Disney with my group. I couldn't put any weight on my heel at all.

I'm about to leave for another trip with the same friends in about 12 days which is how I found this post. I'm an active person, but I do admit I don't walk as much as I should. My prefered method of exercise is swimming laps, so even when I'm exercising my feet don't really get enough attention.

I'm going to start doing the stretches and try to get some new shoes before our trip so that hopefully I can survive this round!

They said if I do anything to my foot this time they would have to get Safari Micky to put me down. LOL.
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Old 10-29-2012, 09:09 PM   #21
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I see I posted in here earlier, but I love love love my Sketchers. They're now my everyday go-to shoes, which I can wear without inserts.
My brother totally blew out his tendon in a parade, and they're what he wears too.
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I have had plantar fascitis for a number of years, and have been able to keep it under control with prescription orthotics (don't recall if insurance covered them or not, but were well worth the cost). I wear the New Balance shoes recommended by the podiatrist, or Rockports. I have done two 10 day plus trips to WDW, one with a number of park tours and the attendant walking. I have had no serious problems. I have felt that WigWam hiking socks seem to help also, don't know why, but seem to work, so don't chance going without. I my case I find that walking on rough ground is very challenging, but sidewalks or pavement, as is most WDW walking is usually tolerable. My feet do get tired, but don't get the "knife in the heelbone" pain that I have had in the past - good luck & enjoy the trip.
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After trying almost every shoe around, I found that Sketchers Go Runs- the ones with the laces- which have a wider forefoot and can accommodate special supports. There are now soft Lycra bands with silicone pads underneath that cushion the PF area or PF arch supports- both are available as store brands at CVS. Another option would be the slip on Sketchers Go Walks- they have little "cushion spots" all over the sole and are like walking on an inflatable "bouncy house"! Those and my ECV made our recent trip doable and I wasn't in mortal agony when I had to walk rather than use my ECV!
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I've had two cortisone shots in each foot and I wear my orthotics daily. I find that an ibuprofen regimen during the week that I'm walking at Disney does help keep the pain to a minimum. I also stretch my calves every day. The ibuprofen does help keep the swelling in my knees down, so that's a must to pack!
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I know this post is old, but I made an account here just to share my story.

Two years ago when I was at WDW with a group of friends, I ruptured my plantar fascia tendon. The weird part is that, whether due to sugar or excitement, I didn't even feel any pain until around 2am in the morning. It was a searing pain that woke up up, I thought my foot was falling off. It was so painful. I chose to stay at home the next day rather than trek to Downtown Disney with my group. I couldn't put any weight on my heel at all.

I'm about to leave for another trip with the same friends in about 12 days which is how I found this post. I'm an active person, but I do admit I don't walk as much as I should. My prefered method of exercise is swimming laps, so even when I'm exercising my feet don't really get enough attention.

I'm going to start doing the stretches and try to get some new shoes before our trip so that hopefully I can survive this round!

They said if I do anything to my foot this time they would have to get Safari Micky to put me down. LOL.
Have you had a PT take a look? They can do wonders with orthotics or stretches.
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Don't overlook relaxing on a park bench and taking in the sights of the parks. I have a very bad back and my husband and i will just take it easy go at our own pace. One of my favorite memories of our last trip was sitting on a park bench outside Tower of Terror, eating a turkey leg and sharing a beer watching the frazzled people walking into the ride and back out. Do what you can and don't stress about the rest, its vacation, not a race.
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finding shoes that you like that work for your feet is the number one thing. as much as the crocs do not LOOK like they would be supportive and work for people with pf, they do! i walk miles and miles every day on my job and crocs are one of a few brands that i can wear and not pay the price for it the next day. the other brands are fit-flops (they even make tennis shoes), keens, mbt's, orthaheel and sole. these come in various styles and various price ranges. also i would say a good pair of socks if you are choosing the crocs the closed-in kind...clogs) or you will pay with huge blisters....i agree with the tennis ball, ice, and nsaids BEFORE going to the park. stretching also helps. maybe your doc will be able to give you a script for something else that would also work. AND i agree with using a WC or ECV. it can save your feet and back and your trip.
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I've experienced such intense foot pain that in the past I had to curtail my gardening activities. These shoes have given me back my gardening life. I can now stand again for hours without discomfort. Orthofeet are definitely not the most attractive shoes I've ever had, but they are qualitatively the most comfortable walking shoe I've ever put my feet into. The shoes were true to size, and were "out of the box" comfortable the first time I put them on.
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