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Doctor insights on: Tight Heel Cords Children

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When a child has tight heel cords & toe walks, how old is "too old" for serial casting to be effectv?

When a child has tight heel cords & toe walks, how old is "too old" for serial casting to be effectv?

Usually < 2years old: Tight heel cords can cause toe walking. However, a condition called tethered cord, where the spinal cord is attached to the base of the spine and stretches the spinal cord can result in later toe walking and decreased reflexes in older child. Mri to rule out tethered cord is important before serial casting or other treatment is undertaken. Tethered cord requires neurosurgery to the cord.

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I have Cerebral Palsy and have tight heel cords. When I go to stretch them I can't feel it stretching? What should I do?

I have Cerebral Palsy and have tight heel cords. When I go to stretch them I can't feel it stretching? What should I do?

Tight heel cords: Not clear when you say you can't feel the stretching whether you can't feel ANYTHING in your ankles/feet or just can't feel that. If you haven't done these things already, consider seeing a physiatrist &/or a physical therapist for evaluation and recommendations. Also surgical tendon release is done in some cases. A physiatrist can refer you to an orthopedist if necessary. Hope this helps.

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7yo, no sports, yes Pulmicort bid, tight heel cords (expreemie), low activity norm. C/o leg pain, arm pain 2wks. Now numbness complaints. What couldbe?

7yo, no sports, yes Pulmicort bid, tight heel cords (expreemie), low activity norm. C/o leg pain, arm pain 2wks. Now numbness complaints. What couldbe?

See below: You have too many vague complaints and these need to be further clarified. Please go see your medical physician so you can establish your diagnosis good luck thank you.

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What could cause my heel to be sometimes tight but always in pain?

What could cause my heel to be sometimes tight but always in pain?

On the bottom,: It is common to have plantar fasciitis; if on the back, it could be achilles tendonitis. Have it examined professionally. It can take a while to resolves completely, but there's no need to suffer longer.

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I wore tight heels an 2 days later my big toes are still numb. What do I do?

I wore tight heels an 2 days later my big toes are still numb. What do I do?

Stop wearing heels: ; tight shoes. Consider evaluation by a pediatrist and shoe fitting by a pedorthist.

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My 1st three toes have lost sensation. I also have a heap of little lumps on the inner sides of my heels wen I pull the skin tight...any clues??

My 1st three toes have lost sensation. I also have a heap of little lumps on the inner sides of my heels wen I pull the skin tight...any clues??

3 toes losing: Sensation is something to be concerned about and you should see a doctor for evaluation. Any low back issues/pain? Any medical history? Without seeing a picture of your skin issue, I can offer that it may be herniated fat which is not an issue.

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What would cause the anterior tibialis to get very tight with minimal exercise (10-15 reps of sitting heel lifts) and remain tight? Other leg fine.

What would cause the anterior tibialis to get very tight with minimal exercise (10-15 reps of sitting heel lifts) and remain tight? Other leg fine.

Sounds strained...: At times it can be strained by wearing shoes without a back as that tendon will work harder to pull the bottom of your heel to the shoe during gait. Your sit-up position may have further aggravated it

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What to do if I have a tight heel cord and two spurs on my left ankle. I am going to get surgery. What are they going to do?

What to do if I have a tight heel cord and two spurs on my left ankle. I am going to get surgery. What are they going to do?

Surgery: These are questions that you should be asking your surgeon. As docs and surgeons on this site we have no idea where your spurs are nor their size, the tightness you are dealing with nor it's cause, nor the anticipated procedure. Feel free to speak to your surgeon and ask all these questions - he/she is the only one that can answer them.

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After relaxing for an hour after work, my heels hurt and my achiles tendon feels tight when I start moving. What should I do?

After relaxing for an hour after work, my heels hurt and my achiles tendon feels tight when I start moving. 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.

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Pain behind and under heel. Also feels like fire in heel at times. Can feel pulse in heel without touch. Calf tightness too. Plantar fasciitis?

Pain behind and under heel. Also feels like fire in heel at times. Can feel pulse in heel without touch. Calf tightness too. Plantar fasciitis?

Very likely: Plantar fasciitis is most commonly described as pain under the heel which occurs on first step in the morning or after sitting. However, you should get an evaluation by your local Podiatrist to confirm the diagnosis as other pathologies in the heel can cause pain.

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Backside of my heel (upper portion) near Achilles feels really tight when flexing my toes upward.

Backside of my heel (upper portion) near Achilles feels really tight when flexing my toes upward.

Tendon (s) to toes: There are a group of tendons behind the ankle in front of the achilles tendon that are stretched when you lift your toes up taht can give you this sensation. Also the achilles tendon and its muscles are working to prevent the ankle from going up with the toe motion.

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My daughter has to go see a bone specialist because her dr said that she has a tight heel cord in both feet, how do they check.

My daughter has to go see a bone specialist because her dr said that she has a tight heel cord in both feet, how do they check.

Range of Motion.: The usual way is by checking the range of motion of the foot has at the ankle. The top of the foot should be able to move a certain amount of degrees toward the shin bone. It will be checked while the knee is straight and again when the knee is flexed. One possible reason for not enough motion is a tight heel cord. X-rays may or may not be taken. This is a simple hands on test.

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Hi, I have moderate pain in my heel, calf and tight in my right leg since I had a heel injury and several severe cramps last year. What should I do?

Hi, I have moderate pain in my heel, calf and tight in my right leg since I had a heel injury and several severe cramps last year. What should I do?

Heel & calf pain: Post injury. Please see your doc to make sure all healed the way it was supposed to. This MAY be an arthritic type pain from the injury or a circulatory issue. Peace and good health. Physical therapy or medication may be suggested.