Within the last 3 years or so, I have had a terrible problem with my right foot. I can’t seem to sit for very long without experiencing extreme pain when I stand up. It finally got so bad that I had to go see the doctor. I had even put myself on crutches for a month prior to my visit to my podiatrist to see if that would help. When it didn’t help, I called the doctor.
I have a very common condition known as plantar fasciitis. It is a very painful condition of the plantar surface (bottom of your foot) that is caused by a variety of things, such as being over weight, injury or bone/heel spurs. In my case, I have a heel spur that is digging into the ligaments and tendons on the bottom of my foot and causing extreme inflammation.
The doctor put me in a walking cast for a month to see if that would help, and it did not. It got so the only way I could even stand on the foot was when I was wearing the cast. So now I am in physical therapy for the foot. The PT seems to be helping. They are putting a patch on my foot that is soaked with an acetic acid solution, this is supposed to help dissolve the heel spur. The patches cost $109 each and insurance will not cover it!! I did a little research online and discovered that acetic acid is the main component of common household vinegar!! I can do the treatments myself at a very low cost!! I am elated!!