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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

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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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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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?

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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