A 28-year-old female asked:

I can't walk after i have been sitting for awhile. why is that? my heel, bottom of my foot, and ankle throb and hurt bad after i have been sitting down for awhile or when i get up in the morning. i have tried insoles in my shoes, rolling my foot over go

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Dr. Jim Hsu
Dr. Jim Hsuanswered
Sports Medicine 30 years experience
Hello: You : Hello: you may be experiencing plantar fasciitis. Morning pain, pain after sitting for a while are very suggestive of this condition, especially your pain at the bottom of foot and heel. A simple first-step approach would be to work on the flexibility of your heel cords and calf muscles. There are many calf-stretching, achilles-stretching regimens you can find on the web. The most important aspect of these stretches: make sure you are doing prolonged stretching held over 30, 45, or 60 seconds, rather than the bouncing back and forth style we all might remember from junior high pe classes. It is within those prolonged stretches that the fibers of your calves and achilles tendons can stretch and glide to improve flexibility. If after a couple of weeks of heel cord and calf stretching your symptoms are still bothering you, then it is time to have your foot and ankle evaluated. However, i feel that heel cord stretching is generally safe and should benefit most people with your symptoms, that it is worth trying first. I hope this helps! sincerely, jim hsu, md seattle, wa.
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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 34 years experience
Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis, or an arch ligament strain is a very common reason for arch and heel pain in the bottom of the heel. There can sometimes be a bursitis under the heel as well. Other causes of heel pain can be tarsal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, a stress fracture, referred nerve pain among others. Talk to a podiatrist to help sort this out.
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Last updated Jul 13, 2018


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