I just did a bunch of reading here regarding my brand new plantar fasciitis. Self-diagnosed of course. I'm seeing an orthopedic doc in a week or so.
So, close this if you must because it's not a real question, but I had to say it. I get lots of good answers here. Duh!
Thanks cavedudes (inclusive of both genders).
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As long as you come here knowing that almost all of us are not medical professionals, and you're doing this at your own risk.
With that said, modern medicine blows.
I self-diagnosed my plantar fasciitis (and posterior tibialis tendonitis) 3 years ago, as well. I even made my own orthotics, out of cloth and rubber, which gave my plantar fascia and posterior tibialis some relief and time to heal.
The orthopedic's going to give you NSAIDs and possibly refer you to a foot-specialist, who will probably want to make you a $300-pair of orthotics.
"Dr's dont have the time" - then they should find another profession. Soon enough we are going to have health Kiosks and/or robotic Dr's. In fact, we already have the technology to do so. There is no reason that you need to see a person who is overcharging you to diagnose a 'cold' or the 'flu', or 'strep throat', or 1000 other common ailments.
What I find weird is the number of people who feel that they receive sub-standard care an yet just accept it. If you don't trust your doctor -- find one you do. For people in extreme rural areas this might be difficult, but for many it is just that easy. My frien was complaining about his doctor, I referred him to mine -- his response, "that's like 30 minutes away". Ridiculous! There are many many great doctors, find them, interview them don't accept the status quo with your health.