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Thread: Foot pain from quilting-anyone but me?

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    Foot pain from quilting-anyone but me?

    I awakened in the night with horrible pain in the center bottom of my right foot. After 2 hours of trying everything to get it to stop hurting, I fell asleep. It was sore for the next several days(still is). I discovered the cause is the rectangular tall metal foot pedal on my old Kenmore/ newer Singer serger that I had been using for many hours the previous days. I'm in my 60ies and this has never happened before. Anyone have a solution for curing "pedal foot" so I can continue quilting?

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    Sounds like Plantar Fasciitis, which is inflamation of the thick tissue on bottom of foot connecting your heel and front of foot. I had it many years ago - I remember the doctor giving me a cortisone shot in the foot to relieve the pain, then telling me to get orthotics to support my arch - I tried them but went back to my regular arch support shoes, haven't had it since, but whenever I get a twinge in the sole of my foot I immediately flash back to the Plantar Fasciitis - I also had heel spurs at the same time, so I was almost totally crippled for a while.

    I think an NSAID (tylenol, asprin, ibuprofen), resting the foot and applying ice will help alleviate the problem, also making sure you wear shoes with some sort of arch support - check it out online and follow the recommendations there. If it continues definitely see your doctor! Feel better soon.
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    i would consider trying to replace the foot pedal if you tend to sew for long periods of time.
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    It sounds like it might be the arching of your foot to press on the tall foot pedal? Could someone make you a wooden box or platform to put your foot pedal into that is big enough for your foot to rest on also. You could inset the foot pedal down into it so you pressing down rather than up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    It sounds like it might be the arching of your foot to press on the tall foot pedal? Could someone make you a wooden box or platform to put your foot pedal into that is big enough for your foot to rest on also. You could inset the foot pedal down into it so you pressing down rather than up?
    This is a great idea. Have the box so both feet rest on it though to prevent uneven strain on your other leg & foot. the box top could even have a slight angle in it to help provide more relief.
    Remember you might want to adjust your chair height accordingly and maybe your sewing surface height.
    guess it depends on how short/tall you are and how comfortable you'd be.

    Personally, I'd try for a new foot pedal, one not quite so high.

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    I turn my foot pedal backwards. I also keep the pedal under my sewing chair not in front so my foot is not extended in front of me.
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    I saw a video (I think it was Leah Day) and she uses a phone book to rest her foot on in front of the foot pedal.
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    Think I read somewhere that you can use the door stoppers to change the angle of the footpetal, (and also you machine).

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    Sounds like lots of god ideas. Now if someone could cure the muscle neck pain I get I would be happy

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    The sewing pedal didn't cause it but it can make an existing problem worse. There are various helps for plantar fasciatis. The only solution for me was custom insoles. My Mom just had to get better sneakers for work and spend a little more time off her feet. Not sure what to recommend other than to raise your heel somehow to change the angle.

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    This is something you might want to try Warning I am not a doctor. Do not take this as a diagnosis. I had a similar pain years ago and a friend who is a physical therapist told me to sit in a chair. place a tennis ball in a thick tube sock and put the sock on the floor. Then while sitting, massage your foot by placing your foot onto the ball and roll the ball around with your foot applying gentle pressure so you feel a little stretch BUT NO PAIN. be sure to focus on your arch.

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    Try a wedge shaped block to mount your foot petal on , so the angle is not so severe for your foot. Do note once inflammed as you are .. you should not aggravate the inflammation for a few days. Do take asprin or another anti inflammitory to assist in the healing. Heat is not recommended for inflammation .. Ice or cool temps are recommended.

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    Several years ago a physical therapist told me to stand on a step with the ball of your foot on the step and the arch and heel over the edge. Then slowly move your heel down below the level of the step, then raise up on the ball of the foot. Repeat this several times. Whenever I start feeling any heel pain I do this little exercise, and since that time I have not had plantar faciitis.

    Just be sure to hang on to the stair railing for safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Quilt Novice View Post
    This is something you might want to try Warning I am not a doctor. Do not take this as a diagnosis. I had a similar pain years ago and a friend who is a physical therapist told me to sit in a chair. place a tennis ball in a thick tube sock and put the sock on the floor. Then while sitting, massage your foot by placing your foot onto the ball and roll the ball around with your foot applying gentle pressure so you feel a little stretch BUT NO PAIN. be sure to focus on your arch.
    I have heard about the tennis ball and the stair step exercise also you can try standing up on your tip toes to stretch the arch muscles out
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    I have had plantars fascitis and used the tennis ball in the sock method and a frozen water bottle. There are tons of exeercises on the internet. Mine comes and goes.
    Lynne

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    I've rolled a frozen water bottle on the floor under my arch when I've had that pain. Gave me a lot of relief. Be sure to rest it from the pain you have now, and see a Dr. if it doesn't get better in a while.
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    Oh I am so sorry, my feet ache from standing but have not had that!!!!

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    Aleve works great for me.
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    Thank you all so much for your ideas, experience, and expertise! It's great not to be in the Titanic alone, but sorry so many have experienced this pain. Will rejoice with you when I recover! Thanks.

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    I was having troublesome pain in my foot after sitting a long time at my machine. I talked to my DH about it and we came up with the idea of mounting the foot peddle on the leg of the custom table he made for me. Since the machine always sits in the same place the peddle would also always be in the same place. He did make it attach by strong velcro so that I could remove it for taking the machine to sewins and "camping" in our trailer in the summer. This has eased a lot of trouble for me.

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    Leah Day has a video on her site & it shows that she just puts a phone book behind the pedal to raise her heel so that the pedal isn't so high up from her heel. I tried this & it works great.

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    Alot of people here has gave some good advise. That I'm going to try. I have one thing you might try in putting Ice on your foot. I had a Dr. tell me to fill a 8" balloon with water (size of fists)and tie off. At the time I needed heat for a stye on my eye, he had me put it in the microwave for around 1 minute & it didn't bust. It felt so good. I thought if it work warm why not cold and it makes a great cold pack. I keep one in my fridg. at all times. I put it on the back of my neck, I sit with my foot resting on it when Arthur visits. I have never have had one to bust yet. lol It last for a long time but after a month or so I bust it & make a new one. My G-kids love them. If they get a booboo we go to the first aid drawer and they pick out the color they want and they put it on their booboo. I only put a small amount of water in it and they get to take it home with them. I know it sounds crazy but it works and I get a bag of 8" ones for a dollar at the dollar store.

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    Praise the Lord! 10 Days later and no foot pain. Rest, nsaids, cold packs, stretches, and 2 foot massages from my wonderful sister and I am OK! Thanks for all suggestions. They were very comforting. Bet I won't do that 6 hours of free-motion again for a long, long time.

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