Ashley Tisdale has plantar fasciitis while pregnant: ‘it literally hurts to walk’

Ashley Tisdale is currently expecting her first child with her husband of seven years, Christopher French. They made the announcement in September and judging by Ashley’s recent photos she’s due any day now. She’s also in a lot of pain. Ashley recently wrote an Instagram story about the fact that she’s suffering from plantar fasciitis, which is inflammation of the foot. She wrote that she’s short and that the added weight from her pregnancy is putting a strain on her feet. I didn’t see this when she posted it so here is People’s writeup about it.

Ashley Tisdale… said she is experiencing plantar fasciitis brought on by her pregnancy. The condition is caused by inflammation of the tissue that runs across the bottom of your foot and often causes stabbing pains for those who suffer from it, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“The worst part so far during this pregnancy is my plantar fasciitis,” Tisdale, 35, wrote on her Instagram Story Friday. “It literally hurts just to walk on my feet. I’ve never felt pain like this and I’m hoping once the baby is here it lets up.”

“I know there could be worse things but for someone who is constantly on their feet it can be pretty unbearable,” she added.

After followers began reacting to the post, Tisdale opened up further about the foot pain she’s been experiencing while pregnant with her baby girl on the way.

“It’s horrible,” she began in a video on her Story. “It’s very painful — hurts just to walk, anywhere every single day. It’s like your arches start to collapse because of how much weight is on my body.”

Tisdale continued, “I think she’s seven pounds right now and I’ve never carried that around before and I’m very short, I’m 5’3”, so yeah it’s definitely been painful. I’m really hoping it goes away eventually or when she’s outside of me.”

I got plantar fasciitis for the first time two weeks ago. It came on after I took a three mile hike in flat sneakers. Thankfully I was able to fix it over the course of a few very uncomfortable days. I rolled a frozen water bottle under my foot, took it easy, and got these shoe inserts my mom recommended. I bought three of them and put a pair in those flat sneakers, my slippers and a new pair of hiking boots. My feet are almost back to normal, but it was so painful and I couldn’t exercise for a while.

Ashley is feeling better too after getting advice from fans and friends. She posted this Instagram story, below, explaining that she’s been using a frozen water bottle and that she got a massager on Amazon along with insoles for her slippers. I posted this to Twitter so I would be able to embed the videos in this post. So many people responded that you suffer from this too. One friend said she had to crawl to help her son because her feet were so painful. I’m so sorry to all of you who have suffered from this! I also hope Ashley has lasting relief from plantar fasciitis and that she has an easy birth and healthy baby girl.


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  1. lascivious chicken says:

    My fascia blaster tools by Ashley Black helped me get rid of this in a week. I used the face blaster (the smallest tool). Good luck!

    • Christa says:

      My massage therapist showed me the fascia blaster tools. I have a difficult time imagining how to use them. Her website needs videos. Never had PF but I hear that it is very painful.

  2. Reece says:

    Armchair chiro here:
    She should also stretch/roll out her calves and lay off the heels for a while. The fact that it flared during her pregnancy means that it was probably there before but her body was compensating for it.

  3. Becks1 says:

    Stretching your calves is one of the most important things to do for it, according to my PT.

    My birkenstocks are the best shoes for me, they’re more comfortable than even my custom orthotics. (I do need new ones though, both birks and orthotics, man I sound old, lol.)

    anyway for me i’ve had mild cases of PF for years, and then after my second pregnancy it flared up big-time and that’s when I went to PT etc. It can really be brutal.

  4. Elo says:

    I’m suffering from this now and have been for a while. I couldn’t even walk last night.
    I’ve scheduled a doctors appointment because I just can’t seem to fix it at home.

  5. Singhsong says:

    Oof the pregnancy foot pain is REAL. And it just wipes you out when your feet hurt. I have scheduling foot surgery on my to do list today because I had so much relaxin coursing through me during my third that my foot joints never recovered. I really feel for mamas and their foot pain, I hope she feels good soon!

    • Emm says:

      Me too! By my last pregnancy my feet were hit. I never had the permanent growth that some women have with their feet until that pregnancy and I also have callouses on the bottoms in weird places I never did before, I used to have extremely high arches to the point where they were painful when I was younger, not so much anymore.

      ETA: I hope you find relief!

  6. Kat says:

    I developed PF while training for a marathon and working on my feet. It was so bad I could barely walk by the end of the day and was popping Advil til I finally did the marathon and was able to rest my feet from training. I got some PF insoles and they make a HUGE difference. I have them in every pair of shoes I own. My PF finally fully went away after a year. It’ll linger for a long time.

  7. BlueSky says:

    I’m a runner so I experienced this. I got a splint, a foot massage ball with knobs on it, and oofos shoes, and inserts. Along with soaking of my feet in ice water with epsom salt really helped.

  8. Cee says:

    I have this and a collapsed metatarsal, plus I snapped 90% of a tendon some 10 years ago.
    I can no longer wear shoes with even 3 cm heel and I am in pain every single day.
    Kinesiology sessions no longer work. I basically rest my feet on ice for 15 mins intervals, massage with smelly creams, and use sneakers, every single day. I can’t walk nor stand for long periods of time.

    I’m going back to the doctor to tell him I did everything he recommended and nothing worked LOL I either need surgery or more in-depth studies to determine why my feet hate me so much.

    • CuriousCole says:

      I’m so sorry!! Stepping on tennis balls to work out some tension can offer relief, as can epsom salt foot soaks. I also/my surgeon recommends Altra shoes, they have zero drop and several cushion options to choose from. Altra made a difference with both my feet and lumbar spine issues.

  9. Lindy says:

    I actually learned the tricks years ago from a commenter right here on CB that helped me get rid of my terrible, running-related plantar fasciitis:

    1) Graston massage from a licensed therapist
    2) low-dye taping with leukotape using a YouTube how to video
    3) Birks all day all the time and nothing else

    Seriously, those things work so well. Saved my sanity.