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After further thought, I've decided to stick with my current manual car. It's not the start & stop version, which helps. My plantar after 6 months or so. Has settled a little, not gone, but not at it's worst.
At least I now know it's quite a common problem with us A.S'ers.
Thanks guys & gals for all your kind replies.

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Well for better or worse, I've decided to go for an auto. Was about the right time. I shall report back in around a month or so, to see if the plantar has improved.
I've had a bad few days with it again, recently. I don't expect a cure. Hopefully will gain some improvement. I've suffered from low level plantar for a good while, but I still think the manual transmission with start & stop had aggravated it further. Time shall tell.

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My plantar is still around the same within my left foot, 2 months on from my last post. A case of having to put up with it. My right foot starting to twinge a bit now in sympathy. An iced bottle of water seems to keep my mind off it for a while, rolling it on the arch part of my foot. I'll defiantly try the standing in the snow trick, if we have a decent winter.

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I've had it equally, both feet many years. Actually best for me was enbrel...miraculous response to foot probs for many years until the past year. Very bad again so in process of trying cimzia and will report my results after 3 months. I still use ice, snow, etc but those are short term measures. Hoping the TNF switch gets me walking (and sleeping) carefree again.

BTW, always have driven a manual transmission. Although it doesn't affect PF, I may consider switching to the boring automatic next vehicle. Manual makes driving much more fun and is better control in snow. It did complicate things after a couple surgeries thus considering making the switch next wheels.

Have done a lot of PF studying and got tips from drs over the years. Other things that have helped a little: powerstep orthotics (cheaper and work as well for me as custom made), never going barefoot, wearing comfortable shoes indoors ("house shoes" w/powersteps), PF stretching exercises, ice & snow (be careful of frostbite). Best wishes



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Snowshoe,
Keep me up to date in how you get on with Cimza. I've been on a few anti tnf treatments for over 10 years now. First, probably the best was Remicade, then Humira & I'm currently taking Simponi. Simponi generally helps. Although I usually suffer from at least 2 to 3 areas of constant pain. Although my back is not too bad these days, as long as I watch what I do. I have only two left to try now, the one your going on & Enbrel. Well that's through the NHS, here in the U.K.
Whilst on Remicade & Humira, I was jogging 2 or 3 times a week for 20 minute spells. Walking for a couple of hours without pain. Now I'm down to walking the dog for maximum of 30 minutes at a time. Then the foot/feet start up. They ache to start with, pain goes for a while, then after about 20 minutes of continuous walking, flare up again. I was even mountain biking whilst on Remicade, then had an on going groin strain. Which took a few years to settle down. So cycling is off the cards now. My inflammatory markers are low, for what difference that seems to make.
Although whilst on anti tnf I feel run down quite a lot, seem to pick up a lot of infections too. Working shifts does not help. Case of putting up with that or increasing my pain levels. Catch 22, I'm afraid.
My left foot was OK, until I bought a car with stop & start technology, quite a heavy clutch too. Seemed to have aggravated it. No clutch to put the blame onto now lol.
My A.S whilst on anti tnf has seemed to have moved more from my back, into my peripheral joints. Feet, wrist or perhaps its just age/A.S related?
I also had a bad iritis flare around 8 years ago whilst on Remicade. Scared my inner lense. Had a cataract operation on my right eye around a year ago now. Unfortunately I'm now photophobic within my right eye. Have to wear wrap around sunglasses all the time, indoors & out. Have done for the last 8 years or so. Even though there's no active inflammation present within my effected eye. Seen loads of specialists both privately & through the NHS. No one now seems to know why I'm photophobic within my right eye, but I am. I also have had SJ for as long as I can remember, had my tear ducts plugged years ago. Besides that, I'm doing OK lol.

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