Hobbling Along!




As you may know, if you follow QVC fairly regularly, I love to get a bit of exercise by running. I am afraid all this stopped a few weeks before Christmas as I started to suffer from a really sore heel.

Having investigated it further it would appear to be very common condition with the rather flamboyant name: plantar fasciitis. I think some people call it farmer’s heel.

There seem to be many reasons why it occurs and running is one of them but, by heck, it’s difficult to get rid of. I have tried a stretching regime, massage therapy, podiatrists, special inner soles and all manner of pedi rollers, creams and tapes etc. but don’t seem to be able to get rid of it.

Kathy Tayler, having suffered with it herself, was telling me that it's self limiting. That is, because it’s so sore you stop doing anything and so it gets rest and therefore clears up.

However, if you hurt your arm you can immobilise it and therefore rest it, but feet a bit of a problem.I have to stand on them all day long and it’s hard to see how you can really rest them. I am cycling and swimming for exercise now, which is nice, but even driving the car home is a problem!

Apparently one in ten people will suffer from it at some stage so I am sure somebody must have a great cure for it. Don’t feel shy……. share, share share your feet secrets!

Simon X


  1. Ann Martin March 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi they call it policemans heel . It is so painful I have it at the moment. Froze a bottle of water and roll my foot across it . Some say it can last three months to a year lets hope it is the later

  2. Linda March 6, 2014 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi my husband has this and was advised by a specialist to try a tens machine, he had suffered really bad but this has really helped him, and has been in a lot less pain. Hope this helps you.

  3. Et tie March 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi SImon
    I have complete sympathy with you as I had 2 bouts of it in 2years the first one lasted 9months the 2nd about 5 months after trying everything I believe nothing works it just gets better when it wants too I know this doesn’t help and I know how it affects you’re daily life but it will clear up although it seems too last forever wishing you a quick recovery

  4. janice reeves March 6, 2014 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Simon, I have had this, I used to work in a Post Office, and used to stand up a lot, I can sympathise with you its very painful, even getting out of bed in the mornings, it takes a long time to go away, it will go but you must try and rest it, hard I know when we are on our feet all day, Love from Janice

  5. Susan Porter March 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Poor you! I had this last year together with Achilles tendinitis and had a spell where I couldn’t put my foot to the floor and had no choice but to rest it. But it is better now and if it’s of any help I’ll tell you what I did….
    I went to physio and had massage and ultrasound and was given the stretching excercises which I did regularly. I also bought some Skechers Go Walk shoes, from QVC, and wore them everyday, the physio said they massaged my feet. I also used a Circulation Booster, massaged with SBC Arnica gel and for good measure used a hand held Infrasound massager every day, all of which was given the OK from the physio. Almost forgot, I took one of those balls you put in the tumble dryer, the ones with all the knobby bits, and I rolled my foot over it everytime I sat down for a coffee.
    I still wear my Skechers every day and do the streches if I feel a twinge and massage my feet and calves, (whenever you massage your foot do your calf too) with Arnica and after 4months of thinking I would never be free of it I have now been ok for almost 6 months.
    I hope your foot gets better soon.

  6. simon Biagi March 9, 2014 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Thank you all for sharing your experiences….. ouch! I had no idea it was so widespread. I have already started on many of your suggestions (arnica, massage etc) but I particularly liked Susan’s idea of the knobbly washer ball. I wondered if I could pop one in the freezer first to help reduce the swelling when I roll it. Its interesting that Susan also mentioned the Skechers, as I was chatting to Richard ( the Skechers guest) when he was in for last weeks TSV and he told me about some men’s mid strike trainers. I’m going to try and get some and see if the help. Ann’s idea of the tens machine sounds good and I think I may even have one my wife used when our daughter was born.
    It does seem to take a hugely varible time to clear up and as I have had mine over three months now I fear I may be in for the long haul. However, your descriptions have made me realise that my condition may be relatively mild, so I will be thankful for that!
    Thanks for your help and good wishes…… I’ll keep you posted
    Simon X

  7. Roop April 30, 2014 at 12:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Simon, I have had this problem . Commuting to work 2hr each way and being a midwife and having to stand all day was the worst. My chiropractor told me to wear fitflops and haven’t had any problems since, aprox 5 yrs now. I wish QVC would bring in fitflops.
    I do now use Vionics.It is essential to have arch support. Good luck and hope you feel better soon. Roop

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