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Help! I just have sudden heel pain and bruising?

Help! I just have sudden heel pain and bruising?

? X ray: Did you do anything where you might have broken your heel bone? You might need an xray to find out. ...Read more

Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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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


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Bottom heel pain. Especially in am. No swelling bruising. Heat ice rest epsom salt, ib profen have not been successful. Pain for six months.

Bottom heel pain. Especially in am. No swelling bruising. Heat ice rest epsom salt, ib profen have not been successful. Pain for six months.

Have it evaluated: Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as, infection, tendonitis, arthritis, stress fracture, nerve irritation, retained foreign body, bone tumor, or a cyst. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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My hip feels bruised my knees hurt & my heels hurt when I stand in one place what's the problem?

My hip feels bruised my knees hurt & my heels hurt when I stand in one place what's the problem?

Check and see: If you have flatfeet, this is a common complaint amongst flatfeet foot types. ...Read more

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I did a toe touch last week and I landed on my right heel. The inside part of my heel hurts and I have to walk on my toes. No bruising or swelling.

I did a toe touch last week and I landed on my right heel. The inside part of my heel hurts and I have to walk on my toes. No bruising or swelling.

Plantar fascia: It sound like you may have injured your plantar fascia, which supports your arch and inserts on your "heel". Should improve quickly over the next 2-4 days. If it does not, I would not hesitate to be seen. ...Read more

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I getting bruises in my knees shld I be worried I started having having a lil pain in my knees n abt a wk ago bruises started appearing n the bruises getting bigger n the pain has increase n know even my heels hurt just to walk...I just had a c-sec does

I getting bruises in my knees shld I be worried I started having having a lil pain in my knees n abt a wk ago bruises started appearing n the bruises getting bigger n the pain has increase n know even my heels hurt just to walk...I just had a c-sec does

If: If you just had a cesarean section, then I would advise a re-assessment by your OB doctor. It may be that you have swelling or tore some small blood vessels from the operative period, but since you just had surgery the safest thing to do would be to consult with your ob-gyn doctor. ...Read more

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I am a teacher so I'm on my feet a lot. For a few weeks, I've had heel pain. It's tender and has a knot or bump on back of it. Going up stairs is even painful. I know I'm overweight but this has never been an issue. What could this be?

I am a teacher so I'm on my feet a lot. For a few weeks, I've had heel pain. It's tender and has a knot or bump on back of it. Going up stairs is even painful. I know I'm overweight but this has never been an issue. What could this be?

A Heel spur: It could be a heel spur or a retrocalcaneal spur, or a retrocalcaneal cyst on the back of your heel. Have you had a x ray? You need to take a xray, and if you want a NSAID med like Naprosyn or motrin, also check your shoe gear and make sure there no friction with the shoe and the back of your heel. ...Read more

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I have pain at the bottom of my heel, in the middle, that feels like a bruise, when I squeeze the side of my heel it hurts. Is this plantar fascitis?

Calcaneal stress rxn: This could be plantar fasciitis but it is not so common to have pain on the sides of the heel bone (calcaneus). So I suspect this may be a stress reaction in the bone from overuse. Rest and a thick silicone heel cushion may help. ...Read more

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Can orthaheel sandles give you heel pain, or injure an otherwise healthy foot? My feet seem to feel like they have developed pains they did not have.

Can orthaheel sandles give you heel pain, or injure an otherwise healthy foot? My feet seem to feel like they have developed pains they did not have.

Foot pain: Remember, everyone's anatomy is different & 1 thing doesn't work for everyone. Get it checked by your podiatrist or orthopedic foot doctor. ...Read more

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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.?

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. ...Read more

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I feel a bruise in my right heel from basketball. It bothers me a little bit when walk and I was wondering if there's anything that can be done.

I feel a bruise in my right heel from basketball. It bothers me a little bit when walk and I was wondering if there's anything that can be done.

Inflammation: Of the plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis), basically the ligament running from heel to front of foot to support arch is likely. A calcium deposit causing a bony spur at the heel is also possible. See a doctor. An x-Ray might help. NSAIDs, physical therapy, cortisone injection, a shoe orthotic or night splints may help with symptoms as well as rest from sporting activities. ...Read more

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My legs hurt and my heels feel like they are bruised. What do you recommend?

Wear low heels.: Sounds like you may have plantar fasciitis and possibly a tight gastrocnemius muscle/tendon. Avoid going barefoot, wearing flip flops, or any flats (sandals, bedroom shoes, etc.) and wear low heeled shoes to reduce the strain on your calves and plantar fascia. If this doesn't help, see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Can't walk for more then a few minutes at a time. Heel starts to feel bruised. Been like this for 7 months. Seems to switch from foot to foot? Thanks!

Can't walk for more then a few minutes at a time. Heel starts to feel bruised. Been like this for 7 months. Seems to switch from foot to foot? Thanks!

Heel spur syndrome.: Sounds like heel spur syndrome or plantar fasciitis. Both are usually due to abnormal foot function. Wear more supportive shoes and take antii-nlammatory medication (if you can) for a solid week. I reccomend either 2 aleve (naproxen) twice a day after eating, or Ibuprofen 800mg twice a day. If the pain doesn't subside or improve, see your local podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have pain in the heel of my foot. It feels like its bruised and I am walking on stones. What should I do?

I have pain in the heel of my foot. It feels like its bruised and I am walking on stones. What should I do?

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 tendinitis or nerve entrapment (less likely). ...Read more

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Both of my heels feel bruised all the time. What could it be? Should I go see my podiatrist?

Both of my heels feel bruised all the time. What could it be? Should I go see my podiatrist?

Have it evaluated.: Heel pain is most often caused by plantar fasciitis, a condition that is sometimes also called heel spur syndrome when a spur is present. Heel pain may also be due to other causes, such as infection, tendonitis, arthritis, stress fracture, nerve irritation, retained foreign body, bone tumor, or a cyst. Have it evaluated by a professional and get the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Under heel pain ankle pain and puffiness feels like my shoes are all uncomfortable feels hard under feet?

Under heel pain ankle pain and puffiness feels like my shoes are all uncomfortable feels hard under feet?

Plantar fasciitis: Irritation of the soft tissues that attach to the heel bone causes this disabling pain. It usually feels worse when getting out of bed or a chair. See your local podiatrist for prompt accurate diagnosis and treatment. Ice massage your heel and arch and wear supportive shoes until you can be seen. ...Read more

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How I can traet my heel pain?

How I can traet my heel pain?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Could it be something bad if I have heel pain?

Could it be something bad if I have heel pain?

Treatable: Most of the heel problems are very treatable. See your foot care specialist if problems are limiting your activities. Rest, ice, elevate, limit activity, antiinflammatories and wear a good stiff/stable shoe with good support. Dr l. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How to treat heel pain?

Heel pain treatment: You should get properly diagnosed that it is for example plantar fasciitis vs heel/stress heel fracture vs baxters nerve compression. If for example it is plantar fas, then stretching with nsaids can help acutely. Orthotics can help as well. You should see your local podiatrist or ortho foot and ankle if pain persists. ...Read more

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How to treat a bruised heel?

How to treat a bruised heel?

Offloading/No weight: Hi,
Usually the best treatment for a bruised heel weather its a soft tissue or bone bruise to the area is to Offload the area and rest it from the usually forces that go through it during weight bearing and gait. The use of a CAM walker can be helping in reducing the majority of pressure along the heel and help you maintain your everyday activity. It may be necessary to fully Offload + crutches. ...Read more

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Do heel spurs bruise the heel?

Do heel spurs bruise the heel?

Heel spurs: Heel spurs do not bruise the heel. But you can bruise the heel spur.
Heel spurs normally hurt as the soft tissue attachment and around the spur becomes inflamed. If you step on something hard and bruise the heel if can set up pain at the heel spur.
Your local podiatrist can help you. ...Read more

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What is this small bruise spot on the heel?

What is this small bruise spot on the heel?

Bleeding: A number of things could cause bruising in the heel: trauma, plantar fascia tear, running, varicose veins, gout, fracture, etc. Could be serious or nothing. Get evaluated by doctor if painful or concerned. ...Read more

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Arch pain and back of heel pain, what to do?

Hard place to inject: It's hard to inject the arch- too big an area and you should never have a cortisone injection to the back of the heel. You may want to try custom orthotics from a podiatrist ...Read more

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How do you cure plantar fasciitis (heel pain)?

How do you cure plantar fasciitis (heel pain)?

Plantar fasciitis: Best managed with stretching your arch and soft supportive orthotics/shoe inserts. Night splints can sometimes be of benefit. Cortisone injections are also popular and effective. There has been recent interest in platelet rich plasma injections. Avoid surgery if possible. ...Read more

Bruise Or Contusion (Definition)

Bruises, or ecchymoses, are discolorations and tenderness of the skin or mucous membranes due to the leakage of blood from an injured blood vessel into the surrounding tissues. A serious disease called pupura presents as a cluster of small bruises called petachia. Petachia often appears as many tiny red dots clustered together, and could indicate a problem. ...Read more


Dr. Melissa Gowans
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Bruising (Definition)

Bruising = a contusion with ...Read more