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Old 01-02-2010, 07:18 PM   #1
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SHOE Help! Plantar Fasciitis related....

I have HORRIBLE Plantar fasciitis that has been pretty under control for one year since I lost a lot of weight and wear Danskos 99% of the time, and Brooks tennis shoes with orthotics for running. Chacos sandals do okay for me too. If I stray, I hurt.

Here's my problem: this trip is in January --- too cold for sandals. Last two trips to Disney were in hot weather, and I switched between tennis shoes & Chacos. Now what? I LOVE my Danskos, but if it is raining, they are not going to make it being leather, and I don't want to risk ruining them or being stuck in them in rainy weather. DH says take two pairs of tennis shoes - that way I have a back-up in case of drenched shoes. I could do this if I buy another pair.

I am wondering if anyone with my same condition has had luck with any other brands/kinds of shoes that would work in case of rain? I wanted to check before I buy more tennis shoes - I don't wear them ever except workouts.


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Old 01-02-2010, 07:31 PM   #2
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I had pretty bad plantar fascitis too until I began to wear custom orthotics in ALL my shoes.
I wear Keen shoes with orthotics in, all of mine are leather so I make sure I use a water-proofing spray about once a year. I wear them all year round, in snow in rain and through 3 Disney trips! My original pair from over 2 years ago and still in great shape even if they do look 'broken in'. On my Feb. trip we spent our entire day at Epcot in the drenching rain. We all needed to change pants and my BFF had to change shoes and shoes, my shoes were fine due to the waterproofing.

The nice thing about Keen is your can take out the insole to put in your orthotic.


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have you tried crocs? i have good luck at wdw if i alternate between my tennis shoes and crocs! good luck! it is hard finding something that works!
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I would check the weather before you go and make sure that it really is going to be too cold for sandals. We were just there about two weeks ago and it was HOT. Thankfully I had packed some summer clothes and not just all sweaters like I thought I'd need. I'd take them just in case it turns out to not be too cold.

I don't have a brand to recommend, but I do think the suggestion of getting more tennis shoes is a great idea. My feet were killing me on this last trip from only having one pair of shoes to wear to the parks. I couldn't believe when I put on a pair of heels to go eat dinner at the Polynesian that my feet actually felt better! I even thought about wearing the heels to the park the next day, but quickly decided against that. Next time, I will definitely bring two pairs of shoes. I think it helps your feet and leg muscles not get strained and worn out in quite the same way every day.
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As long as your symptoms are under control (ie symptom free) you should be OK in tennis shoes with a good arch support. Periodically through the day, stretch your calf doing the basic runner's stretch.
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I also have really bad plantar fasciitis. However, the custom orthotics do not work for me. They actually make my feet feel worse because they are so hard. I need to take my orthotics back to have them less rigid & more cushion according to my podiatrist.

What has helped are the over-the-counter Dr. Scholls custom inserts (where they have a machine that measures your feet instead of taking a molding of your feet at the doc's). I also have had real success with Brooks Ariel shoes that I wear everyday (including work - I'm a teacher & am on my feet a lot). I am trying to lose weight so hopefully that will help for me.

Be sure to take any inflammatory medication & ice your foot if it hurts. Hope this helps.

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I have two pairs of Brooks running shoes and love them. I'm taking both pairs next week--just in case of rain.
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I am in the same spot as the OP. I too have plantar fascitis that has been under control thanks to wearing my Danskos at work. But we are heading down in February and I need some tennis shoes. Can I ask you what kind of Brooks shoes work the best for you? Thanks!!!
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Old 01-02-2010, 09:35 PM   #9
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I am in the same spot as the OP. I too have plantar fascitis that has been under control thanks to wearing my Danskos at work. But we are heading down in February and I need some tennis shoes. Can I ask you what kind of Brooks shoes work the best for you? Thanks!!!
Brooks Adrenaline GTS are what I have and love. I'm just on hold right now ordering a new pair of the Brooks Adrenaline GTS 9. I'm ordering from Nordstrom, but they are price matching www.runningwarehouse.com who has them on sale for $69.88 right now! Awesome price! They are on sale at several places right now as the GTS 10 just came out. I'm due for new running shoes anyhow, so I'll wear my old ones first at Disney, and bring my new ones as a back-up.

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Just wanted to congratulate you for getting healthy and losing weight. Your endurance will be so much better during your trip to WDW!!!

Have a great time!!! Hope your feeties will cooperate.
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I have really bad PF in one foot and mild PF in the other, I use semi-custom insoles in whatever shoes I'm wearing--Keens, sneakers (I find Salomons are the best brand if you have insanely high arches, like I do), hiking boots (I wear Merrells), etc. I also have a pair of MBTs that I can easily wear to walk around all day. But I don't think there's anything wrong with wearing leather, just use a waterproofing spray and carry extra socks (at the very least).

The one tip I have for PF, though, is when you go on Soarin': take off your shoes (no matter what they are) and KEEP YOUR FEET FLEXED. Do not let them dangle with your toes pointed!
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I have a pair of non-custom orthodics and on my really bad days, wrap up my arch with an ACE bandage. For some reason, it alieviates the bad pain. Right now, I'm in a walking boot for a recently removed heel spur!

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I had a minor case of PF last year. I wear Crocs, and that worked the best for me. When I was at the parks, I made sure to massage my feet a couple times a day and that seemed to help. I tried some arch support and wrapping, but both seemed to make it feel worse.
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I have rather severe PF in one foot. I went to a good running shoe store where they take into account your unique foot, stride, etc. They watch you walk on a treadmill, including a close up video on the back of the ankle, etc.

They recommended a good running shoe (note: I do NOT run ).

They were outstanding for both a 10 day trip to WDW in January and a 7 day trip at DL in May.

Two days before leaving in December for a 6 day trip, I purchased a new pair. With no breaking in, they were fantastic for that trip.

I do use SuperFeet inserts in them as well (also fitted by the running shoe store).

The shoe they recommended for me is the Saucony Omni. I purchased the Omni 7 last January and the Omni 8 this fall. They are usually around $100. But worth every penny. However, I would not necessarily recommend them to someone else. I'd recommend going to a good running store and having them make a recommendation.
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another one with PF - and I found crocs helped tremendously - but then I wanted to do the Half -

so I went to a running store - and like a PP they watched me "run"/walk on a tread mill - I pronate, so they found shoes that work for me, and they reccomended a special insert (its orange)

HUGE difference!

I think you will be fine with your sandals in Jan and Feb (unless your feet get really cold - I will wear my crocs in Chicago for any weather above freezing, below zero - I'll wear tennis shoes - mine are New Balance)

Then I hurt my hip - saw a chiropractor - on my 3rd treatment, I mentioned my pf - and he took my foot,and started manipulating the muscle!! OMG

it felt better!!

I went to a podiatrist and didnt get as much relief as I did from the chiro!! (he showed me how to wrap my foot, and do a few exercises as well as rolling it on a tennis ball or a frozen bottle o water!)
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