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One heel, pain, worse when resting (sharp stabbing pain intermittently), now seems to be travelling up to the calf. Perhaps since I'm favoring the one?

One heel, pain, worse when resting (sharp stabbing pain intermittently), now seems to be travelling up to the calf. Perhaps since I'm favoring the one?

Needed heel exam...: There are several conditions that can cause heels to hurt. Some hurt more with weight bearing, some off weight and other hurt all the time. What is concerning is that the pain is now affecting your calf. This could be tendon or venous in nature. You will need to be evaluated to identify the true nature of your problem as it seems that the leg is becoming involved. ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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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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My heel pain got worse when I accidenly walked over a bump at the edge of a rug. Now sore on back of heel. How do I rest the back of the heel?

My heel pain got worse when I accidenly walked over a bump at the edge of a rug. Now sore on back of heel. How do I rest the back of the heel?

Lift up your heels: Heel, pain at 60 can arise from the Achilles' tendon insertion, plantar fasciitis with spur, more often than direct calcaneus bone irritation. X-ray can give some insight, and a trained orthopedist, podiatrist, or PMR doctor can make a correct diagnosis. Make an appointment. Typically, a small heel lift will rest the tendon, but correct diagnosis is needed first. ...Read more

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My heel pain is ok on bottom but worse on back of heel. Orthotics do the job when I stand/walk but having trouble with heel when resting in bed?

Try a heelbo: Posterior heel pain from Achilles' tendon swelling or inflammation can be very annoying. Heel lift eases pain by decreasing tension on the tendon. Direct pressure while in bed may be helped by a heelbo which is a terry cloth sleeve with a built in foam pad that may help. These are available in most pharmacies. A small donut type pad placed into a sock may also be helpful. ...Read more

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I have heel pain/burning in the back of my heel. How can I rest it while in bed? Can I use a pillow? I usually sleep and rest on my back. Plz advise.

I have heel pain/burning in the back of my heel. How can I rest it while in bed? Can I use a pillow?  I usually sleep and rest on my back. Plz advise.

?bursitis: If you have some firm swelling over the back of the heel, you may have bursitis. Regardless, you can place your leg over a pillow, with your leg resting by its calf on the pillow. You can use aspirin, ibuprofen, or naproxen for the discomfort. If this persists, I suggest you seek a medical evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have heel pain on the right side of my left heel. Hurts even when resting. It's on the bone so doesn't seem like plantar fasciitis. What could it be?

Varies: There are a number of other possibilities, the more common of which include tarsal tunnel syndrome, a calcanesl stress fracture, a tendinitis of the Achilles' tendon to name a few. Don't hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Stepped in a hole and twisted my foot. Cant put pressure on my foot flat but I can walk on my heel. Pain is at about a 7 at resting. There's swelling?

Stepped in a hole and twisted my foot. Cant put pressure on my foot flat but I can walk on my heel. Pain is at about a 7 at resting. There's swelling?

Severe disruption.: Swelling is certainly a sign that something is amiss. There is a distinct possibility that you may have severely damaged your foot in mid arch area. Without an evaluation to assess the damage, it is impossible to say. Initial treatment should be using the "RICE" protocol. Rest, Ice, Compression and elevation. I suggest that you move to have an immediate examination of the injury. ...Read more

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Very hard to rest my left foot following minor mishap stepping on smallplastic item. Heel pain. Was wearing shoes. Only on there a few seconds. No open sores or bleeding. Trying to find comfort pos.

Foot pain: It sounds like you might have stepped on something hard enough to change the position of your foot in your shoes, causing heel bruising. If you have existing foot pain, in shoes without good support, being thrown off balance by stepping on an irregular object can can cause soft tissue damage. Icing down your heel and elevating it can help decrease swelling as can ibuprofen. ...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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Aching/burning — both feet, mostly below the balls. Hurts after periods of rest. First steps not painful & no heel pain. Hi arches/105lbs/40 yrs.

See a podiatrist: Many things can cause the type of pain you are experiencing. Until you see a physician, try simple things like rest, ice, and elevation of the foot. Anti-inflammatory medication such as Motrin may be helpful. ...Read more

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Why do the bottom of my heels hurt to walk on in the morning nd after I rest?

Why do the bottom of my heels hurt to walk on in the morning nd after I rest?

Plantar Fascitis : Is what we see most often. Treat it by rest, ice, compression, elevation and injections can help along with proper stretching and custom orthotics work great too. ...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 can I stop feet / heel pain?

How can I stop feet / 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, or eswt if available in your area. ...Read more

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Is heel pain related to diabetes ?

No: Heel pain may be secondary to calcaneus (heel bone) spur (hook of bone), sometimes plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the fibrous tissue on the bottom of your feet) may cause heel spur, diabetes may cause lost of sensation of feet, but most likely not heel pain. ...Read more

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How can I fix my heel pain without surgery?

How can I fix my heel pain without surgery?

Stretching: Most heel pain can be treated without surgery. Make an appointment with your podiatrist. I am sure you will be treated well. ...Read more

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How can you cure plantar facsictis (heel pain)?

How can you cure plantar facsictis (heel pain)?

Multifactorial: Treatment options for the management of plantar fasciitis include, strapping, injections, orthoces, physical therapy, extra corporial sock wave therapy and if nothing has been helpful, then surgery is an option. ...Read more

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Could you suggest me to reduce ankle and heel pain?

Could you suggest me to reduce ankle and heel pain?

Ankle and heel pain: Two different areas. The ankle pain may be due to injury or arthritis. The heel may be due to plantar fasciitis, compression of a nerve, or fracture. Have them first evaluated with x-ray, and then if necessary MRI imagining to determine the extent of the injury. Icing, stretching, a night splint, and supportive shoes. Possibly an ankle brace. ...Read more

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What could be a reason that I have severe heel pain?

What could be a reason that I have severe heel pain?

Plantar fascitiis: Plantar fascitiis if it is on the bottom, if in the back an achilles tendon or haglunds deformity. A stress fracture of the heel or less likely but possible a bone tumor.
If you get pain to the heel on the first few steps after resting likely plantar fascitiis. Icing of the heel, limiting walking while pain is severe, an old arch support, an antiinflammatory are all good ideas. ...Read more

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What are some ways to prevent heel pain besides padding?

Supportive shoes and: If you have some mechanical abnormalities, orthotics. It's a combination of faulty mechanics meeting with opportunity that provides the trigger for heel pain. ...Read more

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Heel pain when pressure is apply, should I be concerned?

Heel pain when pressure is apply, should I be concerned?

Heel pain: There are many possible causes of heel pain. A common cause of pain on the bottom of the heel is plantar fasciitis. Pain to the back of the heel may be caused by Achilles tendinitis. See your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment, especially if you have a history of an injury or if your pain is limiting your ability to walk normally. An x-ray of your heel may be taken. ...Read more

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What are natural ways to alleviate my ankle and heel pain?

Depends...: Depends on the diagnosis. If trauma was involved, I recommend an evaluation from a foot/ankle specialist. If the pain is with activities, often treatment involves rest with or without bracing, ice, elevation, followed by stretching exercises. Anti-inflammatories and/or Acetaminophen can often help with pain. ...Read more

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What can I do about heel pain? What is the condition called? Hurts to step on heel.

Plantar fasciitis: Most common is plantar fasciitis and treatment would be calf and Achilles tendon stretching and therapy to loosen up the fibers of the plantar fascia. If it is painful to put any weight on heel you should see md to make sure there is not a stress fracture of the heel. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Heel pain usually after going from heels to barefoot but still hurts if also wearing flats?

Plantar Fasciitis: Wearing heels frequently can cause a tightness in the achilles tendon. If you have to wear heels daily you should focus on achilles stretching exercises. Try otc soft orthotics which may fit in you dress shoes and more importantly your flats. Avoid barefoot walking. If these conservative approaches are not adequate then see a podiatrist for cortisone injections and/or custom orthotics. ...Read more

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I am experiencing heel pain. The following also describes me: Heel Spur. What should I do?

Heel spur: Please get the heal spur treated. There are many options including physical therapy, stretching, etc. A foot doctor can help. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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I have a bad heel pain. I'm 27 years old. My height is 5.4. My weight is 75. (is this regarding overweight?

I have a bad heel pain. I'm 27 years old. My height is 5.4. My weight is 75. (is this regarding overweight?

HEEL PAIN: Heel pain has many causes. Weight is one of contributing factors. Along with poor shoe choices, activity changes, and weight bearing surfaces. Start by doing calf stretches, Ibuprofen (or other anti-inflammatory), and wearing arch supports (all day long). If that doesn't work see a foot specialist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have fm and have been trying to exercise but have severe heel pain from walking, is this because of the fm?

I have fm and have been trying to exercise but have severe heel pain from walking, is this because of the fm?

Possible: Heel pain is not uncommon in patients wih fibromyalgia, especially if you have recently increased your activity. See your foot specialist for evaluation and treatment options. Dr l. ...Read more