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Dr. Richard Rosenthal Dr. Rosenthal
Pain Management
32 years in practice
University of Utah School of Medicine
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Can sciatica cause heel pain?

Can sciatica cause heel pain?

Yes, but..: Although pain from an irritated nerve root can radiate into the heel, one would not have heel pain as an only symptoms. Sciatic pain is usually felt in the buttock, hamstring, calf and heel. If you are experiencing heel pain as the only symptom, it is extremely unlikely that it is coming from an irritated or inflamed spinal nerve.

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Heel Pain (Definition)

Is most commonly caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis), but by no means is it the only cause. There are many, many things that can cause your heel to hurt, and the only way to find out which one it is is to visit a podiatrist or orthopedist. A good history and physical together with x-rays and sometimes an MRI ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Oberman Dr. Oberman
Podiatry
27 years in practice
New York College of Podiatric Medicine
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What to do if I am 25 and have low back pain and plantar fasciitis (heel pain). what should I look for in a physical therapist?

What to do if I am 25 and have low back pain and plantar fasciitis (heel pain). what should I look for in a physical therapist?

Consider: More supportive shoes and orthotics to provide more support for feet. This may alleviate much of your back pain. Anyway, get examination before determining is physical therapy is a viable option.

Dr. Alan Ettinger Dr. Ettinger
Podiatry
45 years in practice
Temple University School of Medicine
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What could cause morning heel pain?

Plantar Fasciatis: Is the most common cause of pain after rest.

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Dr. James DeMeo Dr. DeMeo
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
25 years in practice
Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
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What could be the cause of my extreme heel pain?

What could be the cause of my extreme heel pain?

Heel pain: Your heel pain could be due to many things, most likely it is due to plantar fasciitis or an inflammation of a ligament on the bottom of your foot that attaches to your heel. Of this pain has been persistent you should seek medical attention to get an accurate diagnosis.

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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is it possible for sciatica to cause a dragging foot?

Is it possible for sciatica to cause a dragging foot?

Yes: If this dragging of foot does not resolve, see your doctor right away as this could become permanent if continues for longer than a few days.

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Dr. Jeffrey Wint Dr. Wint
Surgery - Hand Surgery
31 years in practice
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
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What can cause heel pain when you walk in a child with jra/jia? Is there any connection between the two?

What can cause heel pain when you walk in a child with jra/jia? Is there any connection between the two?

Heel pain can also: Be a common problem known as sever's disease which can occur in any child. It is an inflammation of the growth plate below where the achilles tendon attached to the bone towards the bottom of the heel. Shoes, cleats and sneakers for younger kids sizes are not often made of well structured materials. And heel cups or heel supports over the counter may help.

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Dr. Jeffrey Kass Dr. Kass
Podiatry
24 years in practice
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Mild but uneasy heel pain, cause untraced increases the degree as days passed by, what medicine or food supplement or anything as remedial measure please. Thanks?

Plantar fascitiis: Would be my first choice. This is more a biomechanical issue and a good arch support is recommended, ice, mild stretching of the fascial structure as well as the achilles tendon. Antiinflammatories like allege or Motrin are helpful as well. If pain persists please consult your podiatrist.

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Dr. Marc Foucher Dr. Foucher
Podiatry
25 years in practice
Barry University School of Podiatric Medicine
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What causes severe heel pain?

What causes severe heel pain?

Plantar Fasciitis: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation or strain of the plantar fascia which is a ligament on the bottom of the foot. Walking without shoes or wearing flats is a known cause of this condition. Running/athletic shoes will often help, as will arch supports. If it persists for more than a week or two, see a doctor who treats feet, such as a Podiatrist.

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Dr. Libby Putnam Dr. Putnam
Podiatry
8 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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What are some causes of my heel pain?

What are some causes of my heel pain?

Fracture or PF.: Could be many things, but the two most likely are either a stress frature or plantar fasciitis. The best way to know is to get an x-ray of your foot. Another clue is when it hurts: stress fractures are all the time, while pf hurts most with the first few steps in the morning, or after sitting for a long time. Nerve damage is another option.

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Dr. Joseph Newman Dr. Newman
Podiatry
28 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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What can cause heel pain for 2 weeks?

Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis, or arch ligament strain is a common cause of heel pain in the bottom of the heel and/or arch. Achilles tendonitis or bursitis can cause pain in the back of the heel. A stress fracture or bursitis typically cause pain in the bottom of the heel. Pain on the inner (medial or big toe side) heel and ankle might represent tarsal tunnel or nerve irritation.

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Dr. Joseph Newman Dr. Newman
Podiatry
28 years in practice
Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery
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What could be the cause of heel pain?

What could be the cause of heel pain?

Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis, or arch ligament strain is a common cause of heel pain in the bottom of the heel and/or arch. Achilles tendonitis or bursitis can cause pain in the back of the heel. A stress fracture or bursitis typically cause pain in the bottom of the heel. Pain on the inner (medial or big toe side) heel and ankle might represent tarsal tunnel or nerve irritation.

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Dr. Libby Putnam Dr. Putnam
Podiatry
8 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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What are possible causes of this weird heel pain?

What are possible causes of this weird heel pain?

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. See your doctor to rule out tendinitis, fracture, or nerve entrapment.

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Dr. Lee Stein Dr. Stein
Podiatry
18 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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Dr. Libby Putnam Dr. Putnam
Podiatry
8 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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What can I do to relieve heel pain whenever I walk or stand? What could be the cause

What can I do to relieve heel pain whenever I walk or stand? What could be the cause

Combo treatment.: If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the morning, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts or orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your doctor). #4: stretching your foot and calf. #5: icing (10 min at a time). You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections.

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Dr. Libby Putnam Dr. Putnam
Podiatry
8 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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What could be the cause of awful heel pain? Did the elliptical at gym recently but didn't bother me then.

What could be the cause of awful heel pain? Did the elliptical at gym recently but didn't bother me then.

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. See a podiatrist to rule out stress fracture or nerve entrapment.

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Dr. Libby Putnam Dr. Putnam
Podiatry
8 years in practice
Dr. William M. Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine at Rosalind Franklin University
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What else can cause heel pain other than plantar fasciitis. Back and bottom heel pain. Feels good in am. Worse as day goes on.?

Nerves, tendons...: The most common cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, but there are others, too. An irritated or entraped nerve can cause pain as the day goes on, as can tendinitis: the three most common being achilles, peroneal, or posterior tibial tendinitis. You may also have a haglund's deformity: a bony bump that can irritate the achilles from the inside.

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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Does sciatica nerve cause pain on lower leg?

Does sciatica nerve cause pain on lower leg?

Symptom Vs Cause: Sciatica is the symptom of leg pain caused by a disc herniation or narrowing where the nerve exits the spine. A disc herniation is a outpouching of the disc from its normal place into the spinal canal or on the nerve and can be a source of pain in the back or down the leg. The nerve then goes to the muscle which can then hurt, spasm or feel sore or irritated.

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Dr. Daniel Dorfman Dr. Dorfman
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
32 years in practice
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
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I keep reading that lt exercise and stretching are good for sciatica leg pain, but what if that just causes more pain? I'm in bed when I'm not at work

I keep reading that lt exercise and stretching are good for sciatica leg pain, but what if that just causes more pain? I'm in bed when I'm not at work

Should be evaluated: If back and leg pain persist despite exercise and rest, it likely reflects a more significant problem causing nerve compression and should be more thoroughly evaluated.

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Dr. Qamar Khan Dr. Khan
Pain Management
13 years in practice
Touro University Nevada College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Is it possible for a 2mm disc protrusion with annular tear to cause severe sciatica in entire leg?

Herniation with Tear: The disc is like a jelly filled donut. If the donut is compressed too much the jelly leaks out through a break in the donut's bread. The same is true with a disc, the tear is caused by the compression resulting in a herniation (protrusion) and the jelly (inside portion of the disc) is either leaking out or trying to get out. This can result in chemical inflammation of the nerves causing pain.

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Dr. Rachel Chastanet Dr. Chastanet
Bariatrics
30 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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Small random bruise on my leg. Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise. Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Small random bruise on my leg. Also get random twinges of pain by the bruise. Didn't do anything to cause it. Can it be sciatica related?

Probably not: Sciatica does not cause any locally visible changes since the actual source of the leg pain is from a pinching of the nerve at the level of the back or when it passes through the pelvis.

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