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Whats up with my heel? Pain when I went from platforms to ballet slippers.

Whats up with my heel? Pain when I went from platforms to ballet slippers.

A tight achilles: Often if you're used to wearing higher heeled shoes, the achilles tendon and calf muscles can shorten and not be as flexible. Once you switch to a flat shoe like a ballet slipper, the achilles strains due to inflexiblity and will put an additional strain on the plantar fascia ligament resulting in heel pain. You need to stretch in order to start seeing the pain resolve. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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Hello, I am 22 and while playing basketball i landed heel first with my leg straight and a sharp pain with up that side of my back. It hurts to sleep.

Hello, I am 22 and while playing basketball i landed heel first with my leg straight and a sharp pain with up that side of my back. It hurts to sleep.

See U PCP : For evaluation and work up , if no serious injury , he can refer u to may therapist and recommend sime over the counter medication. ...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 don't drive so i walk a lot and i wear good walking shoes, but my feet still hurt. The pain is on my heels and the middle the pain is up to my anke?

I don't drive so i walk a lot  and i wear good walking shoes, but my feet still hurt. The pain  is on my heels and the middle the pain is up to my anke?

Painful heels: Good walking shoes that do not fit properly can cause heel pain. In addition a tight muscle can can also cause heel pain. If the cause of your pain is improperly fitting shoes have your feet measured and your shoes checked for proper fit. If the cause of the heel pain is tight calf muscles then appropriate stretching exercises help greatly. There are 31 other causes for healed pain consult your podiatrist. ...Read more

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I wear high heels to go to work everyday and my knees sometime pain me a lot also when i bend my knee it feels like bone rubbing on bone?

I wear high heels to go to work everyday and my knees sometime pain me a lot also when i bend my knee it feels like bone rubbing on bone?

You: Probably too young to have loss cartilage. Heel will tilt weight forward, perhaps there is tendinitis above and below patella. See an orthopedist for comprehensive evaluation. ...Read more

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I bought a new mattrass to help my back. Because I'm a back sleeper, it's putting pressure on my calfs, How can i strengthen my Achilles tendon?

I bought a new mattrass to help my back. Because I'm a back sleeper, it's putting pressure on my calfs, How can i strengthen my Achilles tendon?

Calf raises: The simplest way is a calf raise, you can do this by simply finding a stair and raising yourself up and down on your toes. As you get stronger, resistance can be added. ...Read more

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Swelling in legs and ankles I have seen drs here and went to physical thereapy, had a lift put in my shoe, and wear the support socks and my legs from the knee down swell. They put me on water pills and that did no good. Now when i walk i feel pain from

Venous ultrasound: Yes, there are many causes of leg swelling. A venous ultrasound of the legs done by a vein specialist can rule out vein disease and then you can move on. Heaviness, swelling, restless legs etc can result from venous reflux, backward flow of blood backwards down the legs with prolonged standing and sitting due to inherited valve disorder. Can be treated in office procedures. www.phlebology.org. ...Read more

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I stand on a concrete floor for 3-4 hours. The backs of both legs, behind my knee feel tight, stingy. I use tensors & insoles. What more can I do?

I stand on a concrete floor for 3-4 hours. The backs of both legs, behind my knee feel tight,  stingy. I use tensors & insoles.  What more can I do?

Are you overweight?: Footwear for cushion should be checked, but venous insufficiency &a baker's cyst from chronic arthritis should be excluded, although the latter is less likely to be present behind both knees at the same time. A pcp evaluation should proceed a podiatrist footwear review to be complete. Calf stretches during your shift &a trial of thigh high support hose might also help. Lose weight if bmi >25. ...Read more

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My husband wakes up with sore legs often. Its dull aches from toes to knees and lower back. He thinks its from walking in flip flops. Do you agree?

My husband wakes up with sore legs often. Its dull aches from toes to knees and lower back. He thinks its from walking in flip flops. Do you agree?

Yes: Flip flops offer no support for your feet and arches. As a result the arches fall or pronate. This creates an imbalance which places more pressure on the inside or medial aspect of both feet. There is more pressure on the toes and there is internal rotation or torque on both knees, hips. This will make hom tip forward when he stands and place more strain on his lower back. Try rainbow sandals. ...Read more

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Should i go to an orthopeadic surgeon and/or a physical therapist? I'm a 15 year old girl and i skateboard quite often and usually when i skate i end up landing on my left ankle in awkward positions and sprain or roll my ankle all the time. Most of the ti

Should i go to an orthopeadic surgeon and/or a physical therapist? I'm a 15 year old girl and i skateboard quite often and usually when i skate i end up landing on my left ankle in awkward positions and sprain or roll my ankle all the time. Most of the ti

I : I agree with your physical therapist in that you should definitely have your ankle x-rayed. If you're 15, chances are you still have active growth plates in your ankle bones, and growth plates are extremely fragile, much more so than "adult" bone, and are fractured much more easily than "adult" bone. Being that ankle ligaments in a 15 year old are exceedingly strong, and active growth plates are exceedingly weak, any injury would fracture a growth plate well before any ligament can get sprained or even torn. So an x-ray is a must, and you should stay off your foot until you know exactly what's going on down there. I disagree with your physical therapist in that you should get physical therapy regardless of your diagnosis, though. If you have a fracture, the last thing you should do is put your ankle through physical therapy. It needs rest, and perhaps even a cast. Most growth plate fractures are minor and heal quickly, and there is usually no need for a course of physical therapy afterward. Some growth plate injuries (rarely) are very significant, and can even stop the further growth of the bone. Treatment following such a severe injury would most definitely benefit from a course of physical therapy, after the initial healing is over. I would recommend you either seek the services of a podiatrist or a foot & ankle orthopedist. Good luck! ...Read more

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I am a 4 mile a day walker sometimes runner. Why would my thigh hurt from my hip joint down when i move my leg side to side? Walking doesn't hurt as bad as sitting or lying on my side or trying to lift my leg to roll over or slide into the car seat?

While : While it would be impossible to make a diagnosis completely on your symptoms, it's quite possible that the pain is coming from the hip joint. This could be arthritis or even a tear of the gasket around the hip joint called the labrum. An orthopedist should be able to give you a diagnosis with a basic physical exam and xrays. The hip tends to be most painful it sitting positions and lying on the affected side. I'd suggest seeing an orthopedist who specializes in hip disorders/joint replacement. ...Read more

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My knee hurts when i bend down had a xray and been told that the cushion between my knee and leg is thin would physio help or do something else?

My knee hurts when i bend down had a xray and been told that the cushion between my knee and leg is thin would physio help or do something else?

Thin meniscus: yes physio or home exercises could help in trying to keep the muscles around your knee strong--that will help off load any further damage to the knee. Keeping your thigh muscles strong prevent progression of arthritis. ...Read more

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I can't bend my knee all the way, although i can move it side ways, and I can run distances, play a demanding sport (football) with out feeling pain.

I can't bend my knee all the way, although i can move it side ways, and I can run distances, play a demanding sport (football) with out feeling pain.

Fluid in the knee: Mostly likely you have fluid in the knee. Is the problem in only one knee?Did it begin after a trauma? Do get checked for a cause, for changes you may need to make in your training program or movement mechanics, and to work out an appropriate treatment plan. In the meantime, apply local ice to the knee to see if that helps the range of motion, and avoid activities that make it worse. ...Read more

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