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after standing for several hours then sitting down for a while the bottom of my left heel tightens up and its really painful to walk what causes this?

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Dr. Mark Birmingham
Podiatry 15 years experience
Heel pain: Your symptoms sound like those of plantar fasciitis or inflammation of the ligament that helps support your arch. This is typically caused by a tight calf-musculature and will be helped by stretching the calves through out the day. An over-the-counter arch support can help as well. Should symptoms persist, consulting a podiatrist will benefit immensely.
Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 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.
Dr. Libby Putnam
Podiatry 12 years experience
Plantar fasciitis.: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis: an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that helps hold up the arch of your foot. It attaches to your heel bone, and is usually the most painful for the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting a long time and then standing quickly. Stretching, icing, anti inflammatory medications, and supportive shoes with inserts should help.

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