I have TMS plantar fasciitis type pain. This is the second time I have had pain in both my feet. The first bout was 10 years ago and I successfully treated myself with Dr. Sarno's Mindbody book and psychotherapy. Though I was also wearing orthotics at the time, I knew the healing was truly a recognition of the TMS diagnosis and the subsequent psychological work I did. I am presently 2 weeks into my TMS healing (via this forum, therapy, journaling etc.) though my pain started up again about 8 weeks ago after wearing unsupportive flip flops for too many weeks. At first I didn't think of my foot pain as TMS, it seems so obvious that the unsupportive flip flops had caused my arch and heel pain...then as the weeks went on and I threw out my flops and wore more supportive shoes the pain only intensified...then I knew it was TMS (I might also add that I have throbbing pain occasionally in my palms and wrists, which led me to the TMS self diagnosis as well). The last 2 weeks have been up and down. Last week I had 3 days in a row where I had a 50-70% reduction in foot pain. Then 5 minutes after exiting my therapy appointment the pain flaired up again. I am trying to think of this flare up as what has been called an "extinction burst"...my unconscious' last attempt to distract me as I begin to dredge up some unpleasent repressed emotions. In the meantime I have a foot doctor appointment sheduled for 2 days from now, with the intention of getting new orthotics to help me cope. I do not believe the orthotics will cure my pain, as I am convinced it is TMS, but I was hoping the orthotics would at least give me some temporary relief, while I continue to work on the psychological stuff. I am a teacher and on my feet all day...it has been very hard to work the last few weeks. I had made the appointment before I recognized my foot pain as TMS. Now I don't know what to do? Do I keep the appointment? Do I get the orthotics? Will talking with this doctor (I doubt he supports the TMS theory, but I dont' know) play into my unconscious' plan to keep me focused on my body? Will the orthotics only provide a placebo?