losing weight with plantar fasciitis

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I am suffering from heel spur and plantar fasciitis. How can i lose weight as it is so difficult to even walk for more than 20 minutes.

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  • JLB645
    JLB645 Posts: 3 Member
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    Hi I have also had this for nearly two years. Are you able to swim as that helps a lot. Also I found that I could walk ok providing I wore really good supportive shoes and then leave them on while you cool down. Actually I pretty much wear good shoes all the time as walking in bare feet is what hurts the most. I've recently had acupuncture and my plantar fascilitis is the best it's been in years !
  • clairec230787
    clairec230787 Posts: 52 Member
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    Have you been to Physiotherapy? I had this and after regular exercising of my foot and strengthening as well as insoles it gradually went. I do now suffer with knee problems but that's less painful!!
  • Phrick
    Phrick Posts: 2,765 Member
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    you don't need to do ANY exercise to lose weight. Set MFP activity level to sedentary, eat what it tells you. Done and done.
  • tomatoey
    tomatoey Posts: 5,446 Member
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    Phrick wrote: »
    you don't need to do ANY exercise to lose weight. Set MFP activity level to sedentary, eat what it tells you. Done and done.

    +1.

    It will take a long time, but the PF will go away, if you stop running. Heel spurs won't, but orthotics can help a lot by changing the biomechanics (if you need that). Worth seeing a podiatrist for that.

    Physiotherapy will also help if you can do that, I was basically just told to roll my feet over a tennis ball, for this. (I've had it twice. Got it the second time after going back to running, obviously had to learn that lesson more than once.)
  • cindytw
    cindytw Posts: 1,027 Member
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    If you want to exercise, change your shoes. Whatever you were wearing that you got this condition in is NOT working for you. If you are in super supportive shoes, try transitioning to minimalist. If you are in minimalist, try transitioning to a bit more support. If you are in middle of the road running shoes, get an evaluation at a running store for how you move they usually do them free.
  • RodaRose
    RodaRose Posts: 9,562 Member
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    A podiatrist can recommend orthotics, massage, exercises, and icing the feet (gel packs).
    If you wish, do swimming, upper body weights or floor /mat exercises.
  • tomatoey
    tomatoey Posts: 5,446 Member
    edited December 2015
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    cindytw wrote: »
    If you want to exercise, change your shoes. Whatever you were wearing that you got this condition in is NOT working for you. If you are in super supportive shoes, try transitioning to minimalist. If you are in minimalist, try transitioning to a bit more support. If you are in middle of the road running shoes, get an evaluation at a running store for how you move they usually do them free.

    Disagree - stop running altogether. Stop creating impact and strain that your plantar fascia can't handle. Let them heal. They need time.
  • chinsinsi
    chinsinsi Posts: 22 Member
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    Try rolling your foot over a 'spiky massage ball' - it's the size of a golf ball and cheap to buy online. After 10 months of waking up crippled, this cleared my pain in less than a week. You have to put pressure on the most painful areas - but not to the point of passing out! Also, be aware of which shoes you wear that exacerbate the problem. For me, it was shoes that had zero sole flexibility or shoes where I needed to grip with my toes (flip flops).
  • Packerjohn
    Packerjohn Posts: 4,855 Member
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    See a doctor or PT for treatment. As far as losing weight, eat fewer calories, do upper body exercises, swim.
  • katzenfluff
    katzenfluff Posts: 78 Member
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    If you can't afford expensive orthotics, go stand on the Dr Scholls machine and buy the recommended insert. They are fifty bucks. Put them in whatever shoes you are wearing and use them all day, every day. That and weight loss will help the PF. They won't work overnight but you will get relief. Then ease into walking. They've been wonderful for me.
  • Bshmerlie
    Bshmerlie Posts: 1,026 Member
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    Shortly after starting my weight loss journey I injured my back and ended stuck in bed for almost three weeks. I still lost 15 pounds that first month. Weight loss is simply about how much you are eating.
  • tinanana7
    tinanana7 Posts: 53 Member
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    I just went to the podiatrist the other day for this very same issue. Long story short, the PF isn't going to go away if I continue to do the same type of activities I'm doing now (I teach a high impact dance fitness class). Well I like to eat and I like to work out so being sedentary is not an option for me. So I am going to start spending a little more on shoes (already have orthotics) and making sure I have the right shoe with the right support. He recommended the stiffer the better and ideally it's best to have shoes on at all times (even in the house). I also am looking at lower impact forms of exercise that still burn a good amount of calories (swimming, hot vinyasa yoga, cycling classes etc). I'm still going to teach my fitness class but will be cutting back on the amount I teach until my heel starts to feel better.