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Shooting pain from possible heel spur. Any insoles to help?

Shooting pain from possible heel spur. Any insoles to help?

Otc arch support: May consider a good over the counter insert i.e. Superfeet. In people with "normal" foot mechanics, these have been shown to be just as effective as custom inserts for a lot less $. A cushioned heel cup may also help. ...Read more

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Dr. Libby Putnam
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Orthotics (Definition)

A orthotic is a small piece of medical equipment that braces a bone and/or joint, to keep it in a better position, either at rest, during activities, or both. Examples of orthotics are plastic ankle braces to aid recovery from an ankle sprain, arched insoles to support flat feet, ankle-foot braces to help kids with cerebral ...Read more


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Can orthotics help with pain from arthritis?

Can orthotics help with pain from arthritis?

Yes: Arthritis can affect all parts of the foot and ankle. Orthotics may help manage the symptoms but should only be prescribed and fit by foot and ankle orthopedic surgeons and certified orthotists. ...Read more

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Backlofen and naproxen can relief from ankle pain ?

Backlofen and naproxen can relief from ankle pain ?

It depends: It depends on what's causing the pain. Naproxen is a nonsteroidal antiinflammatory medication that will address most if not all forms of pain. Baclofen has muscle relaxant properties that are helpful if there is a spasm component or increased tone component of pain. It also modulates neurotransmitters like serotonin which can further help modulate how you body "perceives" pain. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Can foot pain from tendonitis feel the same as foot pain from psoriatic arthritis?

It is possible: Sometimes pain is pain and difficult for a patient to distinguish what precisely is responsible for the discomfort. ...Read more

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Is sciatica pain different from back pain?

Is sciatica pain different from back pain?

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, . ...Read more

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How can I get relief from heel pain from new shoes?

How can I get relief from heel pain from new shoes?

Heel cusion: I suggest you try a silicon gel cusion. The new shoes may not fit or be right for you. ...Read more

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Would wearing a sling help relive the pain from bursitis? .

Would wearing a sling help relive the pain from bursitis? .

Somewhat.: Assuming this is bursitis in the shoulder, a sling might help ease the pain when you're standing/walking, but I doubt it would help when sitting or lying down. Also, using a sling too much can contribute to "frozen shoulder" (AKA "adhesive capsulitis") so it's important to move the shoulder joint in as full a range of motion as tolerable regularly to prevent this condition. ...Read more

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Shooting pain from heel up to hip?

Nerve involvement: There's a laundry list of reasons why people experience heel pain. The fact that the pain travels up to your hip leads me to believe there is possible nerve involvement. Being seen by a podiatrist to rule out other causes of heel pain would be a good place to start. ...Read more

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Can meloxicam relieve pain from a sprained ankle?

No: Anything is possible but this is a stretch. It has no analgesic properties. ...Read more

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What types of shoes can help relieve heel pain from existing heel spurs?

What types of shoes can help relieve heel pain from existing heel spurs?

Heel pain: A well padded shoe with a rubber sole works best. A sneaker is usually best. I prefer new balance. More often than not a dress shoe with a heel is better that a flat. ...Read more

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How to get pain relief from plantar fasciitis?

How to get pain relief from plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is treated by podiatrists every day. If the frozen bottle trick worked we wouldn't see patients in the office. See your podiatrist for an exam and a treatment plan to get the relief you need ...Read more

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How different is sciatica pain from back pain?

How different is sciatica pain from back pain?

Different symptoms: Back pain and sciatica may be related, or can occur independently. Sciatica describes the pain that radiates down the back of the thigh to the leg, most often due to a herniated disc in the low back compressing/irritating a nerve that contributes to the sciatic nerve. There are other causes of sciatica. There are also many different causes of back pain. ...Read more

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Can foot pain be from wearing an over-sized running shoe?

Yes: This is due to the shoe sliding back and forth and your foot position is incorrect in the shoe. ...Read more

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Can osteoarthritis cause heel pain? Also have knee pain ankle pain

Can osteoarthritis cause heel pain? Also have knee pain ankle pain

Not usually: There are certain types of arthritis that cause heel pain. If you have Osteoarthritis of the knee or ankle your gait can be altered which can cause abnormal biomechanics and that could cause heel pain. If your pain is in the back of the heel could be tendinitis if it's under your heel it could be plantar fasciitis. See you doctor. Good luck ! ...Read more

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What helps pain from peroneal tendinitis?

What helps pain from peroneal tendinitis?

Heat, ice, ibuprofen: You will need rest, perhaps heat followed by ice and Ibuprofen or some sort of anti-inflammatory. Some would argue the use of heat but it can help circulation to the area and then ice it down. Topical anti-inflammatory creams and anesthetics may help. Rest will help. If worse or not improving, see your pcp, sports medicine doctor, orthopedist or rehab specialist. ...Read more

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Would muscle relaxers help the pain from tennis elbow?

Would muscle relaxers help the pain from tennis elbow?

Unlikely: Tennis elbow is a pain that is inflammatory in nature and not necessarily from muscle spasm. Your best bet would be to start with an NSAID such as advil (ibuprofen). If your pain persists, consult an experienced hand surgeon to address your needs. ...Read more

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B/L pain plantar aspect both feet with radiation into medial ankles; dx as plantar fasciitis. No relief from injections or orthotics. Next step?

B/L pain plantar aspect both feet with radiation into medial ankles; dx as plantar fasciitis.  No relief from injections or orthotics. Next step?

Second opinion: There are a number of more involved options for plantar fasciitis that does not respond to traditional treatments including orthotics and injections as you have had; among these options is surgery. You might consider getting a second opinion as well. Tarsal tunnel syndrome could potentially explain the symptoms you are describing. ...Read more