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Re: Plantars Fascitis in both feet....can't dance!!
Posted by joe.maddux
6/9/2018  7:02:00 AM
I had the exact same problem back in 2004 and went back and forth to the orthopedic doctor each month for 1 year. I tried anti-inflammatory pills, stretches, special shoes / special made orthotics and none of these worked. They were only like a band aid masking the pain / letting the problem drag out. I finally said, "Doctor, I can't do my job anymore (I stand up all day).. so will you just cut off my foot"? He responded, ok it's time for surgery. I didn't even know surgery was an option, so I did this (as it's an incision in the side of your heel / releasing the ligament / pressure). It healed up in no time... although you have to rub the incision constantly to make sure no scar tissue forms and it'll heal better. Ironically, 1 year after this situation was taken care of... my other foot / heel had the same plantar fasciitis symptoms. So I went back to the Orthopedic Doctor / Surgeon and told him my exact symptoms had returned to the other foot and I'd like to go straight to surgery i.e. which he did with no problem. For he knew I wasn't going to pussy foot around for another year in trying to make the pain go away as with my other foot. And the 2nd time... the doctor didn't pull all the stitches out... left just a little piece in. The wound got infected, he had to lance the area and fish around inside and pulled out the remaining stitch i.e. it started the healing process. So be sure to tell the doctor to pull out all the stitching:) And... I've never had any more pain in either foot and I still work 5 days a week on my feet at Disney. Plus I enjoy ballroom dance parties... since I'm a silver level / former Fred Astaire dance instructor.
Re: Plantars Fascitis in both feet....can't dance!!
Posted by bocagirl
6/13/2018  8:08:00 PM
While my feet were improving (I had soft tissue damage from care-giving, plus plantar fasciitis, plus an inflamed Baxter nerve keeping me in crutches for 8 months!!!), I wore SALSA DANCE sneakers once off the crutches. I kid you not, I was able to get back to dancing a few months sooner, because of dance sneakers (split sole, plenty of cushion, hard rubber smooth bottoms intended to allow spins).

I looked ridiculous wearing salsa sneakers for smooth dances (I like the Capezio Web sneaker with its spiderweb design, which fit me great with a wide toe box). But I wore them for everything - literally everything. Now, finally, I've graduated to a 1 1/2" heel.

I bought my dance sneakers larger in size so I could insert my orthotics. Once my foot had healed further, I moved into a Capezio practice shoe with low heel, and likewise put my orthotics in those.

I just wanted to make a shout-out for dance sneakers. If you need lots of foot cushioning, and want to insert orthotics, they work great! And, once you are back into regular shoes, you can use them at salsa clubs with your fellow salseros. I do that in Miami/Ft Lauderdale!
Re: Plantars Fascitis in both feet....can't dance!!
Posted by nloftofan1
6/14/2018  9:32:00 AM
Good advice. I was introduced to dance sneakers by an instructor who liked them because (1) he danced 6-8 hours a day, and they gave his feet better support than regular dance shoes, and (2) if he needed to go out to his car for some reason, he didn't need to change shoes. Even if you don't (yet) have foot problems, dance sneakers are a good choice for dancing on non-wood floors.
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