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I have a sharp pain in the heel of my foot. It only hurts when I walk down steps.?

I have a sharp pain in the heel of my foot. It only hurts when I walk down steps.?

Heel Pain: Heel pain in any shape or form begins and starts with plantar fasciitis. This small ligament that attaches the base of the heel to the muscles on the bottom of the foot can become very inflammed and painful. A tight achilles tendon is also associated with heel pain. If the pain is more in the middle of the heel, then advanced imaging may be necessary to diagnose the problem. ...Read more

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I am having pain in the heel of my foot. Ice isn't helping, it hurts to stand and walk on. What could this be? A heel spur?

I am having pain in the heel of my foot. Ice isn't helping, it hurts to stand and walk on. What could this be? A heel spur?

Let explain: Heel spur could be the cause of this problem you have, usually the pain is bad when you wake up get better after a while then in the end of the day get worse again. ...Read more

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What can I do if the heel of my foot hurts when I walk?

What can I do if the heel of my foot hurts when I walk?

See your Podiatrist: There are many treatments that can relieve the pain. ...Read more

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The heel of my foot hurts to walk, would soaking in hot or cold water be beneficial in any way?

The heel of my foot hurts to walk, would soaking in hot or cold water be beneficial in any way?

Combo treatment.: If you have plantar fasciitis, and hurt most with the first few steps in the am, the more you can do together, the better: #1: supportive shoes. #2: firm inserts/orthotics. #3: oral antiinflammatories (check with your dr). #4: stretching your foot/calf. #5: icing (10 min at a time). You may also need physical therapy or cortisone injections, or eswt if available in your area. Soaking won't help! ...Read more

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My foot feels numb in the heel of my left foot. When I walk maybe once are twice it felt like maybe plastic was on my foot. It only happens when I lay down. Also when I hold things to long it feel like my hand may go numb (not all the time but sometimes)

My foot feels numb in the heel of my left foot. When I walk maybe once are twice it felt like maybe plastic was on my foot. It only happens when I lay down. Also when I hold things to long it feel like my hand may go numb (not all the time but sometimes)

DependsOnLottaThings: We all get funny feelings now & then Like just last night I felt like I was being choked by a Bigfoot. Turned out to be a bad dream. But in your case it depends on how long this has been happening and if the symptoms vary. Also your age & if you have any other medical problems. If this has been going on for more than, say, 2 months, see a doctor, preferably a neurologist, but your regular doc will do ...Read more

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What might be the cause for the pain in my heel that occurs after from having my foot relaxed for a while then standing up to walk?

What might be the cause for the pain in my heel that occurs after from having my foot relaxed for a while then standing up to walk?

Plantar fasciitis?: Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. Proper stretching, formal therapy, icing and anti inflammatory medication, well cushioned shoes, orthotics and sometimes an injection of steroid are treatment choices. If symptoms persist further workup and evaluation by a specialist may be needed. ...Read more

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I have severe pain on the bottom of my foot to the heel... It's hard to walk, what can b the cause of it?

I have severe pain on the bottom of my foot to the heel... It's hard to walk, what can b the cause of it?

Heel spur syndrome: You probably have heel spur syndrome. To confirm you need to be evaluated and have x-rays taken and a treatment plan started to relieve your symptoms such as pt, orthotics, cortisone injections or even surgery. This should be your discussion with your foot health provider. ...Read more

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I have a big knot on the ball of my foot that I cannot walk on that appeared after I walked tiptoed all day from my heel hurting. It is not discolor?

I have a big knot on the ball of my foot that I cannot walk on that appeared after I walked tiptoed all day from my heel hurting. It is not discolor?

Inflamed joint: By "the ball of your foot" you're probably referring to the joint where the big toe meets the long bones of the arch of your foot. Walking tiptoe strained that joint. Take OTC Advil or Aleve (naproxen) for pain and inflammation. Wear comfortable athletic shoes. Avoid standing, walking & weight bearing as much as possible for a few days & try to find out why your heel was hurting. Best wishes. ...Read more

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My foot drop seems to be improving -- when I walk I can make my heels touch first (much of the time), are high heels safe now?

My foot drop seems to be improving -- when I walk I can make my heels touch first (much of the time), are high heels safe now?

Foot drop: High heels are never safe. Your foot drop is improving take more time in caring for your feet, they carry you through life. Strengthen the muscles in the foot and ankle with proper excercize and shoes. If you must wear high heals take tennis shoes with good arches to and from the place you will wear the heels. You owe it to your feet. Good luck! ...Read more

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Pain in the bottom of my foot especially near the heel. Hurts to walk or stand. Really bad in the morning and really bad near the end of the day

Pain in the bottom of my foot especially near the heel. Hurts to walk or stand. Really bad in the morning and really bad near the end of the day

Heel spur/fasciitis: You probably have plantar fasciitis or a heel spur. What you are describing is classic symptoms of both. You should look up plantar fasciitis treatments on line and follow the instructions that pertain to icing, stretching, shoe changes (if necessary), and you may end up having to see a foot specialist. This may take a few months to resolve. ...Read more

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Outer heel has been hurting for 3 weeks. It doesn't hurt when I walk, only when I turn my foot in and pull my foot up toward my leg. What is it?

More Information: Which leg? This may be related to inflammation to the lateral muscles of the leg (peroneal longus and/or brevis) or their respective tendons. There is also a bursa that may be inflamed (bursitis). Non steroidal anti-inflammatories may help as may mentholated liquids such as zheng gu shui may also temporarily relieve the pain. I recommend a biomechanical evaluation for the source of the pain. ...Read more

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I walk 3 miles a day and have heel pain on sides of heels do I've tried 4 types of sneakers and my foot in general is high arched like I wear high heel?

I walk 3 miles a day and have heel pain on sides of heels do I've tried 4 types of sneakers and my foot in general is high arched like I wear high heel?

Bone spur?: Pain in heel may be from a small bone spur. Please see your doc who may order an x-ray and find out. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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I have pain on top of my foot, mainly when I walk. Half way of the foot toward the left side of the left foot the pain started about 2 weeks ago, it happened after the pain in my heel disappeared

I have pain on top of my foot, mainly when I walk. Half way of the foot toward the left side of the left foot the pain started about 2 weeks ago, it happened after the pain in my heel disappeared

Without: Without more information, it's impossible for me to give you a meaningful answer. If you've been having heel pain and walking in such a way as to avoid pain in your heel, it's possible the pain you're getting now is just from overuse in walking to avoid pain. But it's purely a guess on my part.

I recommend you see a podiatrist and have your foot properly evaluated to find out exactly what's wrong.

Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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The heel of my left foot hurts to walk, and the pain spreads to the topside front. I haven't injured my foot in any way, what could this be?

The heel of my left foot hurts to walk, and the pain spreads to the topside front. I haven't injured my foot in any way, what could this be?

NEED FOR SUPPORT!: Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! There are many possibe reasons (plantar fascitis leaps to mind) that you may have pain in the heels, but try arch supports like spenco polysorb (http://www. Spenco. Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb) and otc anti-inflammatories (like aleve). If these don't help, see a podiatrist. ...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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My heel was aching, now the top of my foot hurts and when I wake up from sleep, get up from sitting or walk after a swim I limp for a while, why is this?

My heel was aching, now the top of my foot hurts and when I wake up from sleep, get up from sitting or walk after a swim I limp for a while, why is this?

Contusion: I think you have over stressed your foot. Check how your shoes fit, take two advil (ibuprofen) with food unless you have ulcer disease. Rest the foot and all of that should go away. If no improvement in a few days check with your PCP ...Read more

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I can't walk after I have been sitting for awhile. Why is that? My heel, bottom of my foot, and ankle throb and hurt bad after I have been sitting down for awhile or when I get up in the morning. I have tried insoles in my shoes, rolling my foot over go

I can't walk after I have been sitting for awhile. Why is that? My heel, bottom of my foot, and ankle throb and hurt bad after I have been sitting down for awhile or when I get up in the morning. I have tried insoles in my shoes, rolling my foot over go

Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis, or an arch ligament strain is a very common reason for arch and heel pain in the bottom of the heel. There can sometimes be a bursitis under the heel as well.

Other causes of heel pain can be tarsal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, a stress fracture, referred nerve pain among others. Talk to a podiatrist to help sort this out. ...Read more

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When I walk, I feel a pop about halfway between my heel and my toes, towards the outside of my foot. Any ideas what this could be?

When I walk, I feel a pop about halfway between my heel and my toes, towards the outside of my foot. Any ideas what this could be?

Inflammation or Fx: You could just have inflammation. Have you done any repetitive activities that may have made this worse? Have you had any trauma? You may need an x ray. You should see a podiatrist. ...Read more

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On my right foot on the bottom inside next to my heel is a huge bulge. If I stand or walk for longer than 5 minutes my foot cramps up. Never goes away?

See a Podiatrist: A bulge in this location could be a plantar fibroma (a thickening of the ligament on the bottom of the foot) or it could be from an injury. Either way I recommend you have it examined by a podiatrist. ...Read more

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Is my foot drop coming back? The tops of my feet seem to have a slight burning or numbing sensation, and I am expeiencing pain in my heels. The heel pain is only after I have been off my feet for awhile and then get up to walk to another room. Its is hard

I: I think you have two separate, unrelated problems.

The heel pain you're describing is called post-static dyskinesia. In english, pain after rest, where that first step in the morning is the killer, and as you walk, it seems to dissipate... Until you rest again, and get up, and then the whole thing starts all over. This is a hallmark for plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of a ligament on the bottom of your foot that starts in the heel bone, extends across your arch, and inserts into the metatarsal heads. It's very common and is treated by steroid injections, anti-inflammatory medication, physical therapy, stretching and night splints. Surgery to cut the plantar fascia works, but it is almost never needed, since plantar fasciitis usually responds very well to conservative treatment.

Plantar fasciitis is not associated with numbness or burning, especially on the top of the foot. These sort of symptoms are more associated with a nerve issue, like tarsal tunnel syndrome or some sort of peripheral nerve entrapment. I'm not sure why you developed a drop foot in the past, but a drop foot is usually caused by some kind of nerve impingement higher up in the leg, or even the low back, like a herniated disc.

There are also some systemic diseases that can produce muscle weakness to the point where one develops a drop foot, some of which can be serious.

I would start by going to an orthopedic surgeon and get examined, especially with some simple neurological tests like reflexes, muscle strength testing and tests of sensation. These will usually point your doctor in the right direction. If it appears the origin of the nerve impingement is your lower back, an MRI would show a disc herniation. An EMG (electromyography) and an ncv (nerve conduction velocity) can disclose a nerve entrapment, like tarsal tunnel, and a muscle biopsy can diagnose other more significant issues.

Hope this helps. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have severe heel pain in my right foot. I can't walk or even put my foot on the ground. I also have a history of dvt/pe. What is your opinion.?

I have severe heel pain in my right foot. I can't walk or even put my foot on the ground. I also have a history of dvt/pe. What is your opinion.?

Heel Pain: Plantar fasciitis is the most common condition that causes heel pain. Plantar fasciitis is due to irritation and inflammation of the tight tissue that forms the arch of the foot. Common symptoms of plantar fasciitis include heel pain with prolonged walking and standing. With your history, see your doctor. ...Read more

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I have pain in the arch of my foot, close to my heel. Hurts to walk barefoot and with certain shoes. Hurts most in the morning and after running.

Plantar fasciitis: Plantar fasciitis is a common painful disorder affecting the heel and underside of the foot. Characterized by scarring, inflammation, or structural breakdown of the foot's plantar fascia. It is often caused by overuse injury of the plantar fascia, increases in exercise, weight or age. May be a degenerative process. Most cases of plantar fasciitis resolve on their own with time and conservative tx ...Read more

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Having pain in right foot when I walk or when I stand my foot goes numb?

Having pain in right foot when I walk or when I stand my foot goes numb?

Consult a podiatrist: Numbness on standing relates to entrapment of a nerve under the ball of your foot, this can easily be diagnosed with physical exam, I would recommend a podiatry consult, also try wearing an arch support insole with a metatarsal bump, might help in the mean time. Always wear thicker softer soled shoes to avoid this condition from getting worse. ...Read more

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For 5 days now I feel pain under my foot. It feels like a foot callus but I cant see it. I feel something round and painfull under my foot when I walk?

For 5 days now I feel pain under my foot. It feels like a foot callus but I cant see it. I feel something round and painfull under my foot when I walk?

Swelling: Pain and swollen, sounds like a plantar' wart. You can test for it be squeezing from the edges. This generally makes it feel worse. Have your doctor look at it. All the best. ...Read more