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Message Number 261842
Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by MG374 on 11/09/09 at 15:08

I also have this problem. Funny thing is that when I am busy I don't notice it. When at rest it is very annoying. Have had this on and of for about 5 years.

I do have peripheral neuropathy and accredited it to that. I do have numbness in my feet.

itch creams don't do anything. I have read about possibility of a fungal infection so I will use some anti-fungal cream to see if it makes a difference.

good luck all. This is annoying, but rather common, it seems.

-mg

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Message Number 261496

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by tom on 10/25/09 at 07:41

I have the same problem with my left heel, my doctor said it might be the glue they use in the soles of your shoes (contact cement)...He suggested that i change shoes for a week and see if there would be an improvement...i tried but this wasn't the problem as i still suffer from a very itchy left heel...I did notice that the itch was less when i was on vacation... could it be stress related? anyways i desperately looking for for help!!

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Message Number 261096

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tom T on 10/06/09 at 04:45

I'm not sure if my situation is the same. My feet itch in random spots on both feet. It feels like something is tickling my bones in my feet. If I start to rub them then it will get more intense. It could be in the balls of my feet, my big toe, or my heel. And it happens on both feet but only one spot at a time. It happens mostly at night but I've noticed it during the day but I'm walking so that massages my feet enough that it doesn't bother me.

At first I thought it was nerves. I have back problems and it felt like a nerve problem. After stretching my back and twisting for a while when I have the itchy feet, I don't think it's caused by the lower back. I've read somewhere it's caused by the upper neck. I'm starting to be aware of a dull throb in my brain when this happens. I haven't done enough research to see if this has anything to do with it. I forgot to take tylanol tonight to see if it helps by reducing the swelling.

I also has a thought tonight that it may be a fungus or worm. That is how i run across this forum. But nothing I put on my feet helps. I don't consider the calisus on my feet to be very think. I have had a life long battle with athletes foot. The itch is kind the same but different.

I know this message isnt any help but its nice to see other awake at night and trying to solve this.

Result number: 3

Message Number 261050

heel spur (plantar facitis) View Thread
Posted by Gerry on 10/04/09 at 21:35

Foot was bitten on heel and ankel by fire ants. Immediately, I started having heel pain followed by swelling of the back of my heel exactly where I was bitten on the heel. I am expierincing the symptoms of heel spur. Heel is tender to mild pressure,swollen,and is stiff afer sitting or sitting for long periods of time. Upon, a little walking pain disappears. It has been about 6 weeks,lesions from ant bites have finally disappeared. Heel pain started immediately after bite, extremely itchy buring pain from bites, took benadryl and alieve. Thought this was a temporary condition, but does not seem to be improving. had about 6 bites on the foot and heel area. Please advise?

Result number: 4

Message Number 260538

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Justin L. on 9/12/09 at 16:32

I have had this issue for 10 years. After seeing that it was likely neurological in nature, I did a small experiment. When the itching becomes noticeable, I press my thumb into the spot where the nerve moves down the side of the heel for a few seconds. This triggers the nerve where your thumb is pressing, and for me, this relieves the itch. It may come back the next day, but it usually lasts for at least that long. I have stopped itching my heel entirely, and the skin on the bottom of my foot is thanking me. Good luck, I hope this works!

Justin L. from UCF in Orlando

Result number: 5

Message Number 260449

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tony on 9/09/09 at 08:06

I've had the same problem for years now. My feet are as soft as a babies butt, no cracks or dry areas, almost never walk around barefoot. Each morning I sprinkle Gold Bond powder on my heel just as a precaution. I asked my dermatologist about it and he said that most likely it's a bundle of nerves in the area that are causing the itchy sensation. Occasionally when I go to bed and it starts to itch, I will scratch and if that doesn't relieve it, I will rub Pretty Hands and Feet lotion on my heel. This removes the old dead skin and gives some relief.

Result number: 6

Message Number 260435

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tamara on 9/08/09 at 17:50

I have this same problem and the only thing I found that I can use to itch with is a (clean) key. House key/car key it matters not. Or use the side of an old (clean)credit card. I've tried using a bristle brush or my finger nails. Nothing touches the itch like a good old key scratchin' use the teeth of the key and go at it. No cream or lotion will do, and no one can tell me why, oh why is this happening. Usually at night, but not always. But mostly.

Result number: 7

Message Number 260262

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by rob on 9/01/09 at 16:00

i have had an itchy left heel for 7 years comes on very suddenly,alot at night.always feels like it is deep inside,not on the surface.seen doc.creams etc.but reading posts i am wondering if it has to do with pounding.i used to run up and down garden steps for a long while to keep fit.it seems as if men have it mainly on left heel and women on the right.any way my daughter scratched my face once and i got impotigo.doc gave me some antibiotics and the impotigo went,also the itchy heel went for about 3 months then came back.hope its not a parasite

Result number: 8

Message Number 260260

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by rob on 9/01/09 at 13:45

i have had an itchy left heel for about 7 years.it feels deep inside,some times it is on the ball of my foot aswell.one minute it's fine,the next its itching like mad and i have to take off my shoe and scratch like mad.it is especially itchy in bed and comes on sudenly.sometimes i shave the skin off my heel with a razor in the bath.i have seen several doctors and they say there is nothing there.one gave me some trench foot cream which i rubbed in twice a day for a year and a half.but no help.i feel for you all

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Message Number 259511

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jeanne Sandholzer on 8/08/09 at 19:43

I have had an itch on the bottom of my right heel for a YEAR! I've tried all the antifungal but there is no visible evidence of that. It's the size of a dime and scratching does no good. Any ideas? I can't find it on the Net web.

Result number: 10

Message Number 259258

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Lotty on 7/30/09 at 18:59

I've had the same problem in my right inner heal, it's only ever at night though and only when I have it under the covers, it is such an annoying itch and won't go away whenever I itch it, does anyone have any answers as to what it could be?

Result number: 11

Message Number 259030

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Veena S on 7/22/09 at 18:19

what can cause this?? i experience the same problems my right heel itches a lot at night i wonder if it can be an infestation of parasites.
sometimes against my better judgment i walk outdoors without shoes on.
i am wondering if the larva of some parasitic worm entered and is causing the itching, actually one night, i experienced what felt like a sharp bite on the heel it felt as if an insect bit into the flesh of my heel on the inside.
i think i woll see my general practitioner if it continues.
what if a parasite got stuck there?? scary huh!!!
my symptoms started approx two weeks ago

Result number: 12

Message Number 258953

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Wendy on 7/20/09 at 04:13

Amy,
I'd love to know if your therapy is working or anything else!!
I have the exact problem as eveyone else, and here I am at 4-5 am searching to find out why my itchy heels are keeping me awake!!!
It is disturbing to see that no one has found a diagnosis or any relief.

Result number: 13

Message Number 258888

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by debraw on 7/15/09 at 22:44

I am so thankful to Tom for starting this post. I have had itchy heel for years. It always gets much worse in the summer after wearing tennis shoes and socks. I would always keep the dry skin buffed off and put the anti-fungal stuff on, but it still drove me nuts at night. So I followed Tom's advise to the letter, but added one thing. I bought a heel cup that was like a sock, but only for your heel. Then I put white vinegar on a cotton round and inserted on my heel area. I did this for 3 days and then left off for a full day. Even though I had thought my heel was buffed down, I was wrong. My entire heel came off in several large pieces of skin. Then I started a prescription anti-fungal twice a day. I even scrub my feet every night with scrubbing bubbles and spray the shower as suggested. I feel like a normal woman again and can now wear sandles without wondering who is looking at my bad foot.

Result number: 14

Message Number 258758

WSJ article on internet Doctors View Thread
Posted by scott r on 7/09/09 at 09:57

I thought this article might be of interest. I think treating paying patients over the internet is going to be a quickly growing trend.

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Jane Rust woke up early one day last year and discovered that her left eye was red, swollen and itchy. So she logged on to her family doctor’s Web site and typed a message describing her symptoms and asking what to do.

By mid-morning, the 61-year-old homemaker received an online response from her doctor with a diagnosis—conjunctivitis, or pink eye, probably contracted from a child in her Sunday-school class—and a prescription to pick up at the pharmacy. “I didn’t have to disrupt my day,” says Ms. Rust, who lives in Readyville, Tenn. “It’s much more efficient.”

This year, 39% of doctors said they’d communicated with patients online, up from just 16% five years earlier, according to health-information firm Manhattan Research, a unit of Decision Resources Inc. So far, the most common digital doctor services are the simplest ones, like paying bills, sending lab results and scheduling appointments. But patients like Ms. Rust are also using computers to deal with issues that usually require a trip to the doctor’s office.

Though the number of physicians doing formal digital visits is still small, the practice of online care has grown as more health insurers begin paying doctors for treating patients virtually, albeit at a lower fee scale than for traditional in-office appointments. Among companies that now cover digital visits are Aetna Inc. and Cigna Corp., as well as Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in states including Florida, Hawaii and North Carolina. WellPoint Inc. and Humana Inc. are trying it in parts of the country, and may expand their coverage.

“If this service is valued, and there is payment for it, we will see many more primary-care physicians doing it,” says Ted Epperly, a doctor in Boise, Idaho, who is president of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Epperly offers online visits to his patients, but currently just 3% of the physician group’s members do. That low participation rate, however, doesn’t reflect the widespread use of less-formal digital tools like email to communicate with patients.

Minneapolis-based Fairview Health System, a hospital and clinic operator, started offering digital visits around 18 months ago after it negotiated payments from some insurers with a large presence in the local market. About 85% of the digital visits between Fairview doctors and privately insured patients are now covered.

Doctors who offer digital visits say they generally are most effective for treating mild, simple conditions, often when patients are too busy or too far away to come to the office. Ailments most frequently treated online include sinus problems, cold and flu symptoms, urinary infections, and coughs. Other common conditions are back pain and sleep issues.

Louis Petrillo, 57, a psychologist in Westfield, N.J., says he regularly turns to his family’s doctor, Robert Eidus, for online advice about his frail 90-year-old mother, who finds office visits difficult. His son who is away at college also used an online visit when he had sinus problems. “I can get into his virtual office anytime,” says Dr. Petrillo. He feels the online care works well largely because Dr. Eidus knows his family members’ regular health complaints.

But physicians typically won’t treat certain conditions through online advice, particularly chest pain or other symptoms that may signal an emergency. Some state medical boards have rules that limit the use of digital visits, including requiring that doctors see patients in person before prescribing drugs. Even with minor ailments, many physicians will offer digital advice only to regular patients, for liability reasons and also because they feel that in-person visits are important to discuss broader health issues.

Insurers that cover digital visits often require the use of certain technologies or formats, in part to meet federal privacy requirements but also to ensure that a digital visit is legitimate. Companies say they had initial concerns that doctors might seek to boost their revenue by making excessive use of online communications, or classifying quick emailed messages as reimbursable visits. But so far that hasn’t happened, insurers say. Health plans also generally require that online visits be initiated by patients.

One format, offered by companies including McKesson Corp.’s RelayHealth and Medfusion Inc., requires patients to fill out interactive questionnaires that automatically generate follow-up queries based on the symptoms they initially describe. The answers go to the patient’s doctor, who typically responds within a day. Another type of digital doctor visit is more like secure email, with patients typing up a free-form message, often sent through a special Web site. Physicians often follow up with questions and then a written response within 24 hours. Medem Inc.’s Online Consultations follows this format.

Another option is live online visits, using technology from companies such as American Well Corp. The firm has created an encrypted setup for real-time interaction between doctors and patients, using Web video, live chat or a phone conversation connected through a secure computer system. OptumHealth, a unit of UnitedHealth Group Inc., is rolling out the American Well system nationally.

Daniel Nishikata, 28, of Pearl City, Hawaii, says he likes being able to get real-time care fast and late at night, when he’s often awake because he works the graveyard shift at a pharmacy. One Sunday at 2 a.m., Mr. Nishikata logged on to the American Well system sponsored by his insurer, nonprofit Hawaii Medical Service Association, which provides Blue Cross Blue Shield coverage. The system allows patients to communicate with doctors who are on call. Through the online visit, for which he owed a $10 co-pay, Mr. Nishikata got a renewal of his sleep-drug prescription, which he picked up the following Monday morning.

When an insurer doesn’t pay for online visits, some doctors are asking patients to pay around $20 to $35—far less than an in-person visit. The lower rate reflects the fact that digital visits typically are less demanding and require less of a doctor’s time.

The reduced rate appeals to patients like Shellie Kemp, 30, of Port St. Lucie, Fla. Ms. Kemp lost her banking job last year, and she has no health insurance through her work as a substitute teacher. Her husband has a high-deductible plan. When the couple came down with flu-like symptoms recently, Ms. Kemp filled out online questionnaires for both of them about their symptoms. Their doctor, Lisa Rankin, responded by prescribing antibiotics. The Kemps were charged $30 each. “It gives you a chance to have your doctor treat you, and it’s affordable,” says Ms. Kemp.

Doctors also use digital communication to track patients with chronic conditions like diabetes who can regularly send in their blood-sugar readings. Shawnda Johnson, an Oakland, Calif., pediatrician with the big nonprofit Kaiser Permanente, has used its secure email to monitor a patient she had diagnosed with attention-deficit disorder. Instead of bringing him in to the office, the boy’s parents would regularly send updates about his condition. Dr. Johnson adjusted his medication dose based on the feedback.

Conditions that may be ambiguous don’t lend themselves to online diagnosis. Some doctors say they won’t diagnose complaints such as vertigo and ear aches without an exam. Melissa Gerdes, a family doctor in Whitehouse, Texas, won’t treat abdominal pain in an online visit. “How are you supposed to tell a bladder infection, or appendicitis, or an aneurysm?” she says. “There are too many different potential causes for pain in the belly area.”

Of course, patients can’t always tell what’s urgent. Gynecologist James R. Frede, who practices in Wailuku, Hawaii, grew concerned about six weeks ago when a patient, during a live online conversation with him, described serious abdominal pain that left her curled up in bed. She’d recently learned she was pregnant. Dr. Frede, worried that her symptoms could signal an ectopic, or tubal, pregnancy, urged her to get to an emergency room. Dr. Frede met her there and confirmed that she did have the condition. The woman was treated and recovered.

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Message Number 258752

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Amy on 7/08/09 at 23:31

Hi, so i looked up this problem. I found that its really common which i am so suprised at. I too have it, like an internal itch in my left heel. I have never had atheletes foot or any other skin conditions.

After extensive research on the internet, my theory is the sciatic nerve. I looked at a reflexology view of the foot and the part that is related to the sciatic nerve is right where I get the itch (google reflexology foot image) I get alot of back problems including sciatica and I really think its down to this. I am starting exercises to strengthen my back and having physical therapy so I hope it will go soon.

In the meantime, keep scratching!

Result number: 16

Message Number 258687

ditch the itch View Thread
Posted by itch witch on 7/07/09 at 10:41

For anyone suffering with the annoying problem of itchy heel as i have... it is with great pleasure that i announce to you that i have discovered the simplest and quickest cure that anyone could have ever imagined.
In fact... it is so simple and effective you will get a chuckle and say to yourself... why did'nt i think of that.
'Simple' methods... as i have always (as long as i can remember)believed... are almost always the best.

wanna know my secret... simply email iszabella at xplornet.com

Result number: 17

Message Number 258686

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by itch witch on 7/07/09 at 10:39

For anyone suffering with the annoying problem of itchy heel as i have... it is with great pleasure that i announce to you that i have discovered the simplest and quickest cure that anyone could have ever imagined.
In fact... it is so simple and effective you will get a chuckle and say to yourself... why did'nt i think of that.
'Simple' methods... as i have always (as long as i can remember)believed... are almost always the best.

wanna know my secret... simply email iszabella at xplornet.com

Result number: 18

Message Number 258685

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by itch witch on 7/07/09 at 10:37

For anyone suffering with the annoying problem of itchy heel as i have... it is with great pleasure that i announce to you that i have discovered the simplest and quickest cure that anyone could have ever imagined.
In fact... it is so simple and effective you will get a chuckle and say to yourself... why did'nt i think of that.
'Simple' methods... as i have always (as long as i can remember)believed... are almost always the best.

wanna know my secret... simply email iszabella at xplornet.com

Result number: 19

Message Number 258637

Lateral ligament reconstructive surgery View Thread
Posted by Amy F on 7/05/09 at 14:16

Hi,

I'm due to have lateral ligament reconstructive surgery plus and arthroscopy on my left ankle in 2 weeks, eek! I didn't really get to ask a lot of questions (I only got to see the consultant for 5 minutes!), and I keep thinking of little, fairly unimportant questions I wanted to ask, but didn't get chance to. Chances are, I'll only meet my surgeon shortly before I'm due to go down, and won't get to ask much, especially about post-op care.

So, I have a couple of questions that I'd be really grateful if you could give rough answers to? I know the details will be specific to my doctors, but I'd like to have a rough idea what to expect before I go in :)

1) As a general rule, if all goes to plan, how long should the surgery take?

2) I know I'll be in a plaster cast, and I'm assuming it'll be up to the knee, but how do they check on the actual incision(s) under the plaster?

3) How many incisions are there, and roughly how big (and where) will they be? I have a fairly small TTS release scar on the inside of that ankle, about 2 inches long, but my skin clearly doesn't heal so well- its been 9 months, and its still itchy, swollen/angry looking and red-purple in colour!

4) I also need to know if I can drive, but that's probably specific to UK driving laws? I do drive an automatic though, so don't need my left leg :)

Thank you for reading and hopefully posting back!

Amy

Result number: 20

Message Number 258441

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by shona h on 6/28/09 at 03:35

i do athelets too ndd i know hw u feel!!
im 11 nd i do irish dancing
its only mii left heel aswell nd its always in the 1 spot nd the itch
comes nd goes!!
im always tired in the mornings because im up at night scratching my heel!!!

Result number: 21

Message Number 258254

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by KathOL on 6/19/09 at 16:18

I have deep itching right in the center of my right heel. I am embarrased to admit it, but the itching is so back that I've taken the tip of a steak knife to try and stop it. I've also tried getting rid of the callus there. It's so bad that sometimes I literally carve off the callus which helps for awhile. One night I was so frustrated I darn near took a lit cigarette to the itch - that's how intense it is. I'm going to try salycilic acid on it and see what happens. It's really maddening!

Result number: 22

Message Number 258203

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Gina on 6/17/09 at 19:29

I feel like I found gold, seeing all these posts. My story sounds just like everyone else's; itchy left heel, sometime both, wakes me up in the middle of the nigh, products don't help. Regarding the comment about B-vitamins - I take them every day, have for years, and I still have the itch. Perhaps it's some other dietary thing? I'd love to hear what people are eating/taking/doing - or not!

Result number: 23

Message Number 258113

itchy heel and smelly feet View Thread
Posted by anne globio on 6/13/09 at 19:43

for the last few months i had a very itchy heels..it only occurs at night when im going to bed...and the only solution i can think of was scratching..i put petroleum jelly to make it slide while im scratchiing otherwise it tends to get more irritating scartching. My second problem was smelly feet. My feet perspire so i use ordinary deodorant on my feet before putting on my shoes..my shoes has odor eating soles as well but it doesnt seem to work at all. these past few days when the temperature was high...my feet was really very awful smelling...it really depresses me because im supposed to meet someone and this would really be terrible. i really dont know if its athlete's foot because my feet looks normal...except of course the foul smell and the itchy heels at night.

i really would appreciate any help you can give me...thank you very much.

Result number: 24

Message Number 257837

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by max on 5/31/09 at 01:25

WOW, I'm 25yrs old male, I have my bad habits, but aside from junk food and staying up late, I'm practically healthy without any major health issues. And I too have this itchy left foot. Why just my left foot, I have no idea. It's been this way for about 3 months now. I've tried every itch cream I can get my hands on---and still nothing works! It boggles my mind and I'm desperate to find a reason, if not a cure. Unfortunately all I can offer here is my sympathy. Someone needs to uncover this mystery.

-itchy foot

Result number: 25

Message Number 257757

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Kon3LF on 5/27/09 at 07:14

I just found this tread, Have been having this problem for a long time too. Tried everything and nothing would work. But I think I found some really good for it. Works for me, so I hope it will work for everyone else also. Rub Tea Tree oil on. I do it morning and night then put sock over. GL all

Result number: 26

Message Number 257735

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by need solution on 5/25/09 at 21:37

I dont see any answers to this common problem when so many people are still complaining.

Result number: 27

Message Number 257674

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike W on 5/22/09 at 13:11

My same symptoms exactly! Have you or any others found the cause yet? I am trying to get appt. with Dermatologist to see if maybe a biopsy might be in order. My itch is so severe in an area a bit smaller than a dime on my right heel where the arch begins. The skin color is slightly different in the little circle, and there appears to be a whiteish spot in the center. I broke the calloused skin of my heel with a pocketkife a while back, but the deep itch returned. Any new ideas? Mike

Result number: 28

Message Number 257606

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by JC on 5/19/09 at 03:01

Can anyone explain this 'itchy heel problem'? or perhaps found a solution? I've experienced 'the itch' for a few weeks now on both heels and only at night. Any insight at all would be greatly appreciated.
JC

Result number: 29

Message Number 257091

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by es on 4/23/09 at 16:05

I have had this problem too...It's so bad that I itch them on the carpet until it burns. Its horrible. I was just browsing the internet and found that someone who also had it heard it was a complex b vitamin deficiency, so they took the supplement and within a few weeks it was gone. Crazy, but I'm going to try it!

Result number: 30

Message Number 256470

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by KarenT on 3/29/09 at 21:19

I have had the exact same thing and Know how frustrating it is! I tried an expensive moisturizing cream prescribed by a dermatologist - it did no good. I tried benadryl cream, Gold's, etc. but without success. Then I got some over-the-counter anti-fungal cream (1% Clotrimazole) and it has worked! Makes sense, too, since athlete's foot has similar symptoms. Maybe it will help you, too - hope so! Karen

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Message Number 256128

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by AmandaA on 3/20/09 at 21:41

I have the same thing! It seems when I put lotion on that it makes it worse because I have no traction to scratch. I will get up at 4 in the morning just to drag my feet across the carpet. My nails can't get the itch. It is annoying and seems to gross out anyone whom I tell this to. I'm glad I'm not the only one.

Result number: 32

Message Number 256072

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by nikki h on 3/18/09 at 22:11

oh my goodness!!!there is relief knowing i'm not the only one but also after reading the post, there doesn't seem to be much hope either!!!! i have an itchy left heelthat only bothered me at night when it came in contact with the sheets.i was basically ignoring it at first,then it started bothering me more often during the day. then i went from ignoring it to actually mentioning it to a co worker and they suggested an anti fungal cream. i started applying cream several times a day( with no luck). now it's getting to be such a bother that i'm searching the internet which lets me know i can no longer ignore it, this is a serious problem that might not go away. i'm a nurse and i really feel it's some type of nerve issue. but why only on my left heel and why only in one spot?? i started dieting about 6 months ago and i know i'm not eating 'properly' and come to think about it, this started only a couple of months ago and has progressively gotten worse, so i'm gonna try the b complex vitamin mainly bc it's the only thing mentioned that someone has actually said worked. God bless us all and i pray for success, i'll definetly let you know

Result number: 33

Message Number 255825

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by David J on 3/11/09 at 09:28

Since this is said to be a likely 'neurological problem', I guessed that was another term for nerve inflammation. Based on this, in my case, the cure was simple -- a couple of ibuprofen, two or three times a day for a few days. This treatment apparently reduced the inflammation enough to do the trick. That helped with sleeping, which probably also helped the nerve thing even more.

In my case, although I have a mild stenosis of a lower vertebral opening due to mild scoliosis, the likely cause was plain old mechanical damage to nerves at the heel from habitually crossing my feet under the chair and wiggling a foot.

I suppose in some cases, this heel itch thing might be a prelude to something serious, for which a visit to a neurologist is warranted, but I'd first try the simple, cheap, easy approach. Read the warnings about ibuprofen dosage and frequency, though, if you are tempted to use higher or more frequent doses.

Result number: 34

Message Number 255685

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Tamra on 3/06/09 at 21:49

both my hels itch..some days more then others....itches so bad it hurts

Result number: 35

Message Number 255623

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by shahid hassan on 3/04/09 at 21:15

for the last two week i am having ittchy heel problem on both feets

Result number: 36

Message Number 255609

Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Eric Wilson on 3/04/09 at 09:56

I've got the same problem too - it's so bad it wakes me up and keeps me up (it's currently 4.50am). It's only bad during the night. I wear sandals very frequently (90% of the time), exercise regularly (weights, running, cycling) and have had this problem on and off for months. I've tried steroid creams and benzyl peroxide to no avail - I'm going to try the B vitamin approach, I'll report back here and let you guys know if it works.

Result number: 37

Message Number 255574

Re: Itchy Arch View Thread
Posted by meee2 on 3/03/09 at 00:45

Oh my gosh! I had a torn ACL over 10 years ago and am experiencing the same spot on my arch...it's sooo annoying and I just want it to go away. I wonder what the connection between torn ligaments and this 'itch' is!

Result number: 38

Message Number 255493

Thank-you View Thread
Posted by mayday297 on 2/27/09 at 12:15

First of all I want to say to everyone involved in this site. THANK-YOU. I have had severe heel/ankle pain in both feet for the past 8 months. It has been unbelievably frustrating. I have had a variety of treatments including orthodics however almost nothing has helped. The only things that seem to give temperary relief is ice and rest. The thing that has been driving me crazy is that the pain will go away for a while ( a week or two) and then all of a sudden come back worse than ever. I feel that some people around me are starting to doubt me and think it is all in my head. I read'Scott's Book' and all I can say is WOW! It explained so much. It was very much a relief to see that others has had similar symptoms. I am very interested in the part about taping. I had one foot taped for a week a few months ago and my skin became itchy and started to peel. 'Scotts book' explains how you can tape yourself in the morning and take the tape off in the evening. I am looking into that. I will also soon be seeing a new podiotrist but (as advised in the book) I will be making a leter of my history with this problem and the treatments I have had prior to seeing him. I am not out of the woods yet but education is a powerful tool so once again I would like to say THANKS.

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Eric on 2/05/09 at 13:19

WOW...how crazy!! My inside right heel itches terribly at night. Wakes me up and I have a hard time getting back to sleep. I thought I was nuts. I'm going to take the B Complex vitamins to see if they help. I'm also run and work out nearly everyday for at least 45 minutes. Thanks for the suggestion.

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Folge on 2/05/09 at 07:44

This is the only thing I've found on the subject on the internet. I have a deep itch in my left heel that wakes me up at night, and keeps me up, similar to others on this thread. Any new info?

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by David on 1/23/09 at 11:34

This is crazy stuff. I am a 26 year old male. For a couple weeks now I have had an itchy left heel. It's my left heal only, and it feels like its coming from the inside as you all describe. I take a daily multivitamin, but maybe I'll try the B-complex vitamin solution as well. Let me know if anyone else has found anything better to help!

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Charlene Wood on 1/13/09 at 09:24

Hello:

I too was looking for answer to this but have found that your feet may need to be exfoliated. When I begin to have this feeling, I know it is time to remove any dead skin from my feet. I love the ped-egg it really works well and your feet will feel like a baby's bottom. You must also use a good moisturizer or lotion for your feet and if this doesn't work it must be a medical problem.

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Posted by 21 on 1/13/09 at 09:22

Hello:

I too was looking for answer to this but have found that your feet may need to be exfoliated. When I begin have this feeling, I know it is time to remove any dead skin from my feet. I love the ped-egg it really works well and your feet will feel like a baby's bottom.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Greg on 1/12/09 at 02:20

I have had this problem a long time. It only occurs when I am sleeping or lasts awhile after I awake and it feels like something in my heel. I never damaged it or see anything weird, but it feels like something alive inside. After I wake up it goes away after awhile and only comes back when I sleep. Sometimes I wake up in the night it gets so bad.

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Posted by Frank S on 1/08/09 at 03:22

I've had this problem for about 10 years now. It's deep inside my heel and it drives me crazy. No cream works, only severe crazy scratching. I hope I don't have a brain tumor or some crap. I was in a car accident when I was very young... I don't know.

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by chris on 1/07/09 at 07:18

I also have an itchy right heel that i cant seem to get rid of i have tried the vitamin cure but to no such luck. It feels as if there is something inside the skin, i've had it for over a month now aaaaaa.

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Re: Itchy Arch View Thread
Posted by LindaZ on 11/25/08 at 19:42

No way, me too. What the heck is it? It's only one of my feet and I've had it for more than 2 years. The doctor said it was dry skin, but the cream he gave me does absolutely nothing. It's itching right now again!

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Mindy on 11/25/08 at 13:56

I typed 'itchy heels' in the search box, thinking it would come back with, 'it's just your imagination'. But I now see I'm not the only one who has this problem. So now I don't feel so crazy. Shoot I don't even need answers now, I'm just glad I'm not the only one. We should all start a support group...IHA...

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Re: nerve entrapment for margaret View Thread
Posted by Theresa on 11/02/08 at 11:53

Depending on what type of pain it is Lyrica might help. It did with mine but don't let them start you out with anything higher than 25mg as it causes a lot of side effects at first. It can take months to work up to a dose of 125mg or more. You say itching? You mean on the heel? I have some of that but I think it's right along the edge of the plantar fascia and it's related to inflammation. On the other hand a crawley, itchy sensation - if that makes sense could be some sort of nerve entrapment/compression. What has helped me the most with PF and nerve compression symptoms is ultra sound and an electrial stimulation called glavanic current. Any physical therapist should know what that is but some of them don't. I have have had surger for both plantar fasciitis and a nerve compression called a Baxter's Nerve Entrapment. The surgery did not help but the Lyical and Ultrasound/Galvanic Stim did. I have to have the ultrasound and galvanic stim twice a week. It will not cure it but helps with the symptoms. I wish you all the best.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Nicki W on 10/07/08 at 15:29

I have had the same problem, I suffered it at the beginning of the year and eventually someone suggested trying B12 drops (bought from your local health/nutriution store and some pharmacies)This worked!!

In saying that, it has just come back so I am now taking my daily B12 drops and I will never stop!

Apparently B12 helps with stress and the nervous system - Itchy heels and twitchy eyes can be a sympton of stress on the nervous system...

Of course I am just repeating what I have been told but Im guessing you are all like me and willing to try just about anything. Goodluck!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Judi L on 10/06/08 at 00:20

Okay, I have had this problem for only 6 months (unlike many of you who have had this for years.) THis is what I have tried for the last four days and have found relief!!!!
I use very warm water and put in half a cup of white vinager to a gallon of water. I soak my feet in this for 30 minutes.
Then I take a mixture of lemmon juice and vasoline (they do not mix well) I dry my feet and put that on. Then put on socks that I have cut the toes out of because I do not want to sleep with damp feet.

The very first night I did not itch! I got this from a friend who said her husband had these symptoms after a surgery. She got it from 'a lady down the street.' It was weeks before I decided to try it because of the source. Anyway. I hope this helps.

Night 5 and I still am not itching. (But just before I soak it seems like the itch is coming back. But the warm water and vinager seem to take it away.

I have slept all night since I started. That is the very best part of it all.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by kathy may on 10/03/08 at 21:16

Your problem sounds exactly like mine. It is driving me crazy. HELP SOMEBODY!!!!!!!!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by vmerrill on 10/01/08 at 19:19

Hi All! I had this same itchy heel problem - kept me awake all night. Nothing really noticeable on the skin, but it felt like bugs crawling around underneath the skin. Thanks to your postings, I used socks at night, which helped me sleep - it worked! And I tried the B complex once a day, and now the itching is gone! Hope it works for you.

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by aaaa on 10/01/08 at 10:26

i have it like mad in both heels but mostly left.
i have acutally had this on and off since i was about 14,, and now im 31. it gets me just before i go to bed.. during the night,, and in the morning. drives me completely crazy. i have often gone to the kitchen,, got a sharp steak knife and just gone to town. i have also got scissors and just started cutting it up. i know this sounds nuts,,, but the itching is so intense and i cant find anything else that gives me relief.
pumice stones dont help at all,, they are too smooth.
and my nails are not strong enough to withstand how much pressure is needed to actually get any relief from a scratch.
... so so far it is vit b complex? anyone have any other ideas??

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by aaaa on 10/01/08 at 10:26

i have it like mad in both heels but mostly left.
i have acutally had this on and off since i was about 14,, and now im 31. it gets me just before i go to bed.. during the night,, and in the morning. drives me completely crazy. i have often gone to the kitchen,, got a sharp steak knife and just gone to town. i have also got scissors and just started cutting it up. i know this sounds nuts,,, but the itching is so intense and i cant find anything else that gives me relief.
pumice stones dont help at all,, they are too smooth.
and my nails are not strong enough to withstand how much pressure is needed to actually get any relief from a scratch.
... so so far it is vit b complex? anyone have any other ideas??

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by aaaa on 10/01/08 at 10:19

i have it like mad in both heels but mostly left.
i have acutally had this on and off since i was about 14,, and now im 31. it gets me just before i go to bed.. during the night,, and in the morning. drives me completely crazy. i have often gone to the kitchen,, got a sharp steak knife and just gone to town. i have also got scissors and just started cutting it up. i know this sounds nuts,,, but the itching is so intense and i cant find anything else that gives me relief.
pumice stones dont help at all,, they are too smooth.
and my nails are not strong enough to withstand how much pressure is needed to actually get any relief from a scratch.
... so so far it is vit b complex? anyone have any other ideas??

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Ed D on 10/01/08 at 02:22

I have been sort of succesful at treating this on myself by soaking my heels in vinegar (white) for about 15 min. Seems to stop the itching for a month or so before another soak is required. I have been told by an Asian chemist that pure alcohol added to the vinegar ios even better. Hard to acquire though.

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Posted by Ed D on 10/01/08 at 02:00

I have been sort of succesful at treating this on myself by soaking my heels in vinegar (white) for about 15 min. Seems to stop the itching for a month or so before another soak is required. I have been told by an Asian chemist that pure alcohol added to the vinegar ios even better. Hard to acquire though.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by kathy may on 9/30/08 at 21:55

PLEEEEEEEAAASE let me know who the podiatrist is who diagnosed this!!!!! I have had this same condition for 30 years, and have NEVER received an answer. I have asked every conventional health practitioner, and naturopathic health professional I have ever met, I'm SURE...and not one of them have been able to tell me anything that would relieve this awful itch. I need to know who your podiatrist is, and how to get in touch with him/her.
Thank you soooo much for sharing this!
Kathy May
kathymay7 at hotmail.com

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Robert Gunn on 9/29/08 at 23:23

Heels itch especially during the night . Wakes me up and is very undomfortable. Do you have any suggestions?

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Re: itchy right heel View Thread
Posted by kathy may on 9/21/08 at 01:13

Yes, a fork is my only relief, and I've had the stupid thing INSIDE my right heel for 30 years, with no diagnosis.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by KathyM on 9/21/08 at 00:57

Never a diagnosis! Every health professional I have ever asked has been clueless, especially as it is INSIDE the otherwise healthy looking foot!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by KathyM on 9/21/08 at 00:52

Yep, that would be a heavenly solution! I use a dinner fork, and keep it right beside my big chair. Also, I used to keep a wire hairbrush by my bed. This thing is enough to drive people crazy! I've tried everything...nothing has worked for 30 years. I am not a runner, and I don't train hard on my feet, so I don't have any idea what brought it on.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by John V. on 8/21/08 at 09:42

I've had the same problem in the past, but I've found something that WORKS for me! Try dissolving 1/2 cup (or more) of Epsom salts in a pan of the hottest water you can tolerate and soak the offending foot for about twenty minutes. I, too, had tried numerous creams, etc. with no resulting relief. I stumbled upon this 'solution' (no pun intended) in an old obscure home remedies book and it works great.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Yo on 8/06/08 at 08:29

I tried applying lavendar oil to the itchy areas at night before going to sleep, and it seems to work immediately! I think the problem is cause by fungal infection.

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Re: Itchy Arch View Thread
Posted by RachelA on 8/04/08 at 08:39

Hey, me too!

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Mary W. on 7/18/08 at 17:56

I'm in the same boat. Mine started a few months ago, and I thought it was some kind of a bite -- maybe a spider. It's my left heel. I am a runner. It does feel like there's something under my skin, and I'm about ready to slice my heel open to see if there's a critter living in there or something. It does seem like there's a bump underneath my skin, but maybe that's just swelling because I've scratched it so much. I guess I'll try the vitamin approach too.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Alija on 7/15/08 at 20:37

I get itchy heels a lot and a friend had mentioned it was poor circulation. Has anyone ever heard of this? Mine tend to itch more when my feet feel dry and tender. So annoying.

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by AVH on 7/12/08 at 20:29

Can you post some more info on the exact type of B-Complex you found effective? This problem has been driving me nuts - I'm excited to try the vitamins - hoping they will help me as they did you.

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by todd on 7/09/08 at 17:33

27 Y/o same as yall feels like it comes from the calaceus Bottom bone of heal, only on left side. I get it every couple of weeks, It wakes me up too. Icing it helps and I can go back to sleep, try that. I will try the vitamins and let yall know, Todd Austin Tx.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by RJohnson on 6/27/08 at 22:28

I have had a very similar problem. I never thought of searching on Google and was amazed to see this discussion. It is only my left foot, and the side of my heel. There is absolutely no skin abrasion or cracking. I have used all kinds of athletes foot treatments, so that's not it either. The itch feels like it is beneath the surface, and I can itch like mad (even use severe pressure to scratch or even a knife) and it is not relieved. It doesn't itch all the time, but comes and goes. It is driving me crazy.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike D on 6/22/08 at 16:05

How much bleach per water ratio did you use?

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Posted by Debby N on 6/18/08 at 09:33

I've had itchy heels for more than 10 years. In my quest for relief I came across this website some months ago and read all these messages and it became clear to me that it is futile to go to a doctor for this. I gleaned some insights though and I set out to find a solution and I've found it... at least it works for me. So I'm sharing with you in hopes it will help others. I 've been sleeping beautifully and itch free for almost six months. So here goes. First, I do not walk barefoot anymore, ever, and no rubber/latex against my feet. Second, no filing or sanding of heels, no rubbing of heels even to but on medication especially late afternoon and thereafter. I found something called 'Blue Goo' Cracked Heel Skin Softner with Emu oil at Walmart. It comes in a very small jar, very inexpensive and it's waxy. I put it on every morning at first and then socks over it. I APPLY it very gently, never rub it in, so as to not start the itching. Be diligent! Over the weeks and months I've had such wonderful relief. At first when itching started (I'd lay on my side and draw my knees up so as to focus totally on just flexing the feet) I'd flex my feet up and hold, then down and hold as hard as I could and held it for a few seconds each time. I'd do this for a little while and surprisingly it helped alot! For weeks I was diligent and very slowly the itching became less and less. Now I only apply every few days, if I forget too long I'll get a reminder twinge of itch, but I think as time passes it will disappear altogether. But even if it doesn't I can live with the Blue Goo applications for ever more. Remember, don't do anything to your feet at night! Be diligent! I sure hope this helps! God Bless!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by jean j on 6/13/08 at 16:04

I just started getting something similar a few days back. moments of rest are disrupted by this deep itch and the last words i want to hear are fungus or wart! It gets hot sometimes, and is one the same spot. nothing is visible though. right heel only, sometimes its a light tingle, other times a severe deep itch i want to dig it out!

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Posted by Sam R. on 6/04/08 at 11:13

This is a solution which worked for me; I employed what I know about biology and physics (esp. the Joule-Thomson effect). Frist, I believe this is a neurological condition similar to RLS. It's curious most who suffer from this do so at night. In any case, I got a can of compressed air and turned it upside down and then sprayed the contents (very cold) on both heals for apx. five seconds (each). I call this 'flashing' ;-)
I'm thinking this 'burns' off the nerves which are over activated by pressure of standing on one's feet all day. I got both instant and sustained relief from the itching. I hope folks find this info helpful. Good Luck.

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Re: Itchy Heels View Thread
Posted by Mike F on 5/17/08 at 09:26

I have the same problem, drives me nuts.
Do you spend at least 1 Hour at your computer at a time. Do you sit all day at work? Try raising or lowering your chair or if it is a fixed chair, raise/rest your foot on a couple of books. The pain is caused by a minor crimping of blood vessels or nerve bundles. It usually happens at night because most of us do our computer work just before we go to bed.
Mike

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Olga D on 4/20/08 at 17:34

After reading many of these entries, I have very similar symptoms but it's not in my heet; these symptoms are on the back of my calves and thighs. The itching has been horrible for the past 10 months. Has anyone else had this same intense internal itching?

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Bev S on 4/16/08 at 19:39

I am a female and have been suffering from itchy burning painful callus heels for two years. like many others I used a razor blade, but now I use the ped-egg to remove the thick callus off my heel just to get to the itch! Trimming down the calluses sure help get to the itch, but I don't know if it was worth it because I have to tolerate the burning pain from my right heel every day. I was tested for diabetes and it was negative.

I don't drink soda beverages. I do drink a lot of Lipton Green Tea with citrus in the plastic bottles. I also chew gum everyday from a nerve habit. The heel seems to feel warm and appears red some days but there is no open skin. Some days I can barely walk on it. I hate going to doctors. I am not a runner, stand on my feet working or do sports. I am living a pretty relaxed life being retired at 49 years old. Yea, that's right I did 30 years and out. I started working for the county courts since I was 18. Is there any one else out there with the same kind of itchy, burning, callus, and painful heels after using razors?

This maybe fungal or an infection. I will be going to a doctor soon.

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Re: Itchy Heels View Thread
Posted by Mira on 4/15/08 at 09:45

I have been experiencing this for many years..only recently it seemed to have gotten worse..i cant slp till late at night due to the itchy heels..i have it both on left and right heel..after reading the posts i was relieved atleast i am not imaging this is a problem that many are going through..i dont whether this thing is connected to any problems, i do suffer from headaches and i haf sharp pains sometimes in different nerves in my body i dont know whether i should be worried but this itchy heel is like comes so regularly whenever i try to slp..helpppp plzzz

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Sheri F on 4/14/08 at 23:47

Hi everybody, I have had this problem for 7 years now. I've tried everything that everybody talked about! Recently I've noticed that if I drink any alcaholic beverage, it makes my itching more intense.
So I came to conclusion that ichy heel is due to dehydration. So I have been drinking lots of water during the day and also before sleep. So The nights that I had lots of water, I can sleep fine and no itching. My cure is water. I think drinking water is the cure.I hope this will help you too.

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Re: Another TTS Surgery perspective View Thread
Posted by Lauries on 4/13/08 at 15:54

I've also been reading nonstop on foot surgeries. I had surgery for both Tarsal Tunnel and Plantar Fascia release last Wednesday. I'm on my fourth day post-op now. I planned for a month and am grateful for all that I did! I have an electric wheelchair donated by a friend and it has been a lifesafer. It's wonderful to be able to get around a little bit. I also rented a knee walker, but it's hard on my knee and other foot (which has a bit of PF too).

I had a nerve block which helped tremendously the first night. My toes were swollen and hot and pink - so I put a lot of ice on them and they are nearly normal now. I have not had nearly as much pain as I expected (maybe there's some numbness going on from the nerve involvement?). I started out with Percoset which made me itchy.
Now I'm taking Lortabs which help a lot.

The only bad/funny thing that has happened was the first night. Since I was numb and did not need pain med, I took an ambien so I could sleep. According to my husband, I went sleep walking in the electric wheelchair! He could not wake me up and had to carry me back to bed after he found me madly bumping into a wall. I guess general anesthesia and ambien do not play well together...

I know this is only the fourth day - so it's impossible to tell if this actually worked... so I'm keeping my fingers crossed...

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unusual foot problem needs solving View Thread
Posted by mjg on 4/10/08 at 15:43

Hi
Many years ago I started developing spots around my ankles, which would be extremely itchy, i would scratch them to make the itch go away so much I was making my ankles bleed. The spots spread over my foot (but not the bottom) and went from 1 foot to the other, and eventually both feet where covered in red sore blister looking spots.
I went to see my doctor who prescribed topical steroid creams, which did absolutely nothing. I went back to him and he prescribed another different type of cream, but still the spots remained, the creams didnt even reduce the spots. I thought i would leave them for a while and didnt apply anything, and eventually over a period of 6 months the spots on my left foot completely disappeared over a period of weeks, like they where drying up and vanishing. However the spots on my right foot will not go away, they are mainly confined to my ankles now but i have noticed that the spots are re appearing on the foot again and I seem to be getting a sudden outbreak of verrucas, 2 on my right foot and 1 on my left foot now. The spots are not uncomfortable, just for the brief period of the sensation of wanting to scratch the F*** out of them occasionally!
The look of them makes my feet aesthetically ugly!!!
I do look after my feet and wear different socks every day, and its not like I have serious foot odour problems either, but Im at my wits end with trying to find out what it is that is causing these spots.
My doctor really doesnt know what it is, implying that its heat rash associated, or flea bites!!!!
Can anyone help at all.
I dont know anyone else who has or has had this kind of problem.

Please Help.

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Re: Itchy Heels View Thread
Posted by Sam E on 4/09/08 at 13:34

goddamn it! ive had this a while now. im 16 and dont do much sport and am fairly healthy in all other respects. it only comes up as im trying to sleep like so many people have said. Luckily for me, a few hard scratches sort it out, but its still very annoying. I just hope it doesnt get as bad as some of the other posters here.

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Posted by FRUSTRATED on 4/05/08 at 19:31

IM 16 YEARS OLD AND I HAVE THIS!!!!!!!!!!
it drives me crazy!!! theres nothing that can stop this constant itch and ive even fell asleep so frustrated in tears!!!! i dont even play a sport and my feet are always tickling and its insane!! my skin isnt even dry, i pumice it everyday but nothing.
im sooo frustrated

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Re: Itchy Heels View Thread
Posted by TheresA on 4/05/08 at 12:04

I have the itchy heel syndrome too! Been to two different GP. They think its a neuropathy and doesnt fit the criteria of RLS. So im left with the diagnosis of, 'Don't know what to say, I'm baffled.' My symptoms: itchy heels when lying down, at times feels like there on fire or there is something crawling in my heel. Keeping me up at night or awakening me. Mainly my left heel. No visable symptoms. I have no calluses, I am 30, and work 12 hour shifts as a nurse. The symptoms began about a year ago. I have had my labwork done with no abnormalities. Remedies I have tried: every foot fungus cream for a year now, perscribed oral antifungal for a week daily, epsom soaks, antifungal cream with wrapping both feet in saran wrap overnight, amitriptyline. not diabetic. I eat healthy rarely fried food or red meat. Relief: itching the spot with the sharp part of anything, no covers on my feet, keeping the bedroom cold. The newest addition to the craze- Ambien. Thank god for pharmaceuticals! Can not find anything online. Made another MD appointment and will persue a neurologist. Im going NUTS my poor husband says he'll take a saw to it if it would make me more comfortable.

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Posted by TheresA on 4/05/08 at 12:01

I have the itchy heel syndrome too! Been to two different GP. They think its a neuropathy and doesnt fit the criteria of RLS. So im left with the diagnosis of, 'Don't know what to say, I'm baffled.' My symptoms: itchy heels when lying down, at times feels like there on fire or there is something crawling in my heel. Keeping me up at night or awakening me. Mainly my left heel. No visable symptoms. I have no calluses, I am 30, and work 12 hour shifts as a nurse. The symptoms began about a year ago. I have had my labwork done with no abnormalities. Remedies I have tried: every foot fungus cream for a year now, perscribed oral antifungal for a week daily, epsom soaks, antifungal cream with wrapping both feet in saran wrap overnight, amitriptyline. not diabetic. I eat healthy rarely fried food or red meat. Relief: itching the spot with the sharp part of anything, no covers on my feet, keeping the bedroom cold. The newest addition to the craze- Ambien. Thank god for pharmaceuticals! Can not find anything online. Made another MD appointment and will persue a neurologist. Im going NUTS my poor husband says he'll take a saw to it if it would make me more comfortable.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Lori C on 4/05/08 at 11:41

I started working on my feet over 12 hours a day in a slight heel and started having pain in the front balls of my feet and itching.
For the itching the only relief I have had is after soaking my feet in water with distilled white VINEGAR added, and it also leaves my feet feeling very soft. I then put on a moisturizing foot cream.

I have one of those 'maid supply carriers' its a plastic 'bucket' type thing with a handle that seperates one side from the other where you store cleaners....I put cold water on one side and hot on the other with vinegar added and soak one foot in cold and the other in hot, then switch. (It's shape if perfect to fit a foot.) It really does help.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Lori C on 4/05/08 at 11:29

I started working on my feet over 12 hours a day in a slight heel and started having pain in the front balls of my feet and itching.
For the itching the only relief I have had is after soaking my feet in water with distilled white VINEGAR added, and it also leaves my feet feeling very soft. I then put on a moisturizing foot cream. Hope this helps your little guy.

I have one of those 'maid supply carriers' its a plastic 'bucket' type thing with a handle that seperates one side from the other where you store cleaners....I put cold water on one side and hot on the other with vinegar added and soak one foot in cold and the other in hot, then switch. (It's shape if perfect to fit a foot.) It really does help.

Result number: 89

Message Number 245516

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Lori C on 4/05/08 at 11:29

I started working on my feet over 12 hours a day in a slight heel and started having pain in the front balls of my feet and itching.
For the itching the only relief I have had is after soaking my feet in water with distilled white VINEGAR added, and it also leaves my feet feeling very soft. I then put on a moisturizing foot cream. Hope this helps your little guy.

I have one of those 'maid supply carriers' its a plastic 'bucket' type thing with a handle that seperates one side from the other where you store cleaners....I put cold water on one side and hot on the other with vinegar added and soak one foot in cold and the other in hot, then switch. (It's shape if perfect to fit a foot.) It really does help.

Result number: 90

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Lori C on 4/05/08 at 11:28

I started working on my feet over 12 hours a day in a slight heel and started having pain in the front balls of my feet and itching.
For the itching the only relief I have had is after soaking my feet in water with distilled white VINEGAR added, and it also leaves my feet feeling very soft. I then put on a moisturizing foot cream. Hope this helps your little guy.

I have one of those 'maid supply carriers' its a plastic 'bucket' type thing with a handle that seperates one side from the other where you store cleaners....I put cold water on one side and hot on the other with vinegar added and soak one foot in cold and the other in hot, then switch. (It's shape if perfect to fit a foot.) It really does help.

Result number: 91

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Ashleigh T on 4/05/08 at 10:41

I am 8 months pregnant and have the same deep itch on the outside of both my heels. It is almost painful it is so itchy. I tried soaking them and it seems to make it worse. Did you end up finding out what the problem was?

Result number: 92

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Aluci on 3/23/08 at 16:40

Thank you so much, I thought I was losing my mind...my problem started on my right foot, fourth toe. It was so itchy and sore that I thought that I had broken it, and it was now healing. Then it started on my left foot on the bottom of my heel. It feels like it is itchy from the inside out, hurts to stand on it, and the worst feeling is when it is pulsing. It also feels like my achilles tendon is too tight/short and the muscle on the outside of my left knee is really swollen. I have problems with my back from a mva 4 years ago, and it just keeps getting worse and worse. My doctor is so sick of hearing me complain that I haven't even gone to him for the 'itchy heel', I could just hear him now...

Result number: 93

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Stephanie on 3/17/08 at 09:26

I have had various yeast problems over the years, but I have never had athletes' foot. I found these posts at 5 am this morning after waking up to horrible itching deep within my heel. This has happened on and off for many years now, but this is the first recurrence in a few years. After reading through a few of the posts and surveying our medicine cabinet, I ended up dousing my feet in Bactine. My feet stopped itching -- maybe it was psychological, but at 5 am, I didn't care about the reason for the relief!

Now I am reading more carefully through the postings. I am attracted to the idea of addressing a possible yeast connection both through diet (any suggestions?) and through topical approaches (like soaking in vinegar).

Result number: 94

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 3/15/08 at 21:27

Tom, I apologize--i see you said you used the special razor blade and still cut yourself. :-( sorry about that. I do thank you for posting about your bleach soaking--that helps me too, I think.

Result number: 95

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 3/15/08 at 21:25

Tom, you can go to the beauty supply store and buy a special shaver for your feet, and you can get refill blades. This is what i use to shave the tough skin off my feet. Much better than the brutal method you were using. Please be careful. You CAN shave the dead skin off, but there are special tools for doing this.

Result number: 96

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Posted by KathyE on 3/13/08 at 20:48

Add me to the club. My right heel has been itching me on and off for 2 years. It definately happens only in the evening and drives me crazy. I was thinking of asking my doctor but thought he'd not take it too seriously.

Result number: 97

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: Itchy Heels View Thread
Posted by KathyE on 3/13/08 at 20:47

Add me to the club. My right heel has been itching me on and off for 2 years. It definately happens only in the evening and drives me crazy. I was thinking of asking my doctor but thought he'd not take it too seriously.

Result number: 98

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: Itchy Heels View Thread
Posted by Kathy on 3/13/08 at 20:45

Add me to the club. My right heel has been itching me on and off for 2 years. It definately happens only in the evening and drives me crazy. I was thinking of asking my doctor but thought he'd not take it too seriously.

Result number: 99

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by M Chris on 3/12/08 at 01:05

This is the first time I have ever received anything close to a validation for my years of agonizing heel itch and restless leg syndrome. Sooo many you are out there, oh, boy! I can only add to the discussion that I have heard that a heel itch could have something to do with an over-worked liver. I have not had a professional give me an opinion on this claim. I had an unrelated surgery done a couple of years ago and since then, I have also had some absolutely crazy itching and internal 'creepy crawly' sensation others have spoken about, in my big toes. My doctor said that could maybe be due to some nerves getting damaged during the surgery, but he could not offer me any relief. I would like to know more about the MRI option, and other new approaches.

Result number: 100

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by M Chris on 3/12/08 at 00:52

This is the first time I have ever received anything close to a validation for my years of agonizing heel itch and restless leg syndrome. Sooo many you are out there, oh, boy! I can only add to the discussion that I have heard that a heel itch could have something to do with an over-worked liver. I have not had a professional give me an opinion on this claim. I had an unrelated surgery done a couple of years ago and since then, I have also had some absolutely crazy itching and internal 'creepy crawly' sensation others have spoken about, in my big toes. My doctor said that could maybe be due to some nerves getting damaged during the surgery, but he could not offer me any relief. I would like to know more about the MRI option, and other new approaches.

Result number: 101

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Autumn on 3/10/08 at 22:17

Also-if the yeast (Candida) theory is true, then Tom's cutting away of his skin is not so off. The soaking in bleach would kill the present yeast too--Although you may want to look at your diet Tom and it might stop the fungus (which is a yeast)and you can avoid the cutting. The winter months theory makes a connection to yeast too....warm, moist climates in shoes and socks promotes a great place for yeast to grow.

I'm curious if itchy heel sufferers also suffer from runny noses, recurrent vaginal yeast infections, thrush, headaches, food allergies, asthma, and a general feeling of being run down from time to time with no apparent reason for it.

Result number: 102

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Autumn on 3/10/08 at 22:06

I have been reading and posting on this log for about 1 year. The aspertane (sp) and the diet thing struck a chord. I used to suffer severely from yeast. I once read a great book called 'The Yeast Connection' that really helped me change my diet...and my yeast problem. I don't drink soda and never consume diety stuff, but I will check into this further. I bet there is something I was eating..I would not doubt a connection to an over growth of yeast! Yeast is a horrible monster that gets over looked by doctors ALL THE TIME as it is a silent trouble maker. What a fantastic observation. I will look for the updated book again and see if I can find a connection! Thanks!!!!!

Result number: 103

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Autumn on 3/10/08 at 21:38

Wow! In trying to gain some weight I went from a vegetarian of 15 years to slowly adding some meat back into my diet about 4 or 5 months before the itching started!

I haven't noticed the itch in several months, so I'm hoping whatever it was healed itself, but it has gone away before and then come back.

Result number: 104

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tom R on 3/09/08 at 00:39

That's profound, but I had the problem recur once since my last post. I took my same approach. I tried a razor blade callous remover, and I will never do it again. I cut my heel and bled for hours. Here is the only cure I know: remove the dead layers of skin, and kill the fungus. I used my clippers (see above), sanded with 40 grit, and soaked in bleach water with a bit of salt. The itch was a more stubborn this time, but it worked. I think we all have to come to grips with how stubborn foot fungus is.

Result number: 105

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Gerb on 3/08/08 at 19:26

This is Gerb again,trying to make sense out of all this. I've had this problem for many many years.
1. Exercise: For years and years I've done a lot of exercise and I have this problem.
2. However for the last full year I've done no exercise, although I'm quite active, on the move all the time, snowblowing or work around the house. Bowling three times a week (sweaty feet in my bowling shoes)I still have the problem.
3. Then I might stay home like right now for two full days and work around the house, always on my Reebok sandals (with socks) and I still have the problem.
4. Yes, at the time I was playing a lot of tennis more than 10 years ago and as I now remember in 2003 when I went a full year to a gym,I did get atlete's foot problem. I treated that whenever it arrived and it healed quite easily. Once in a while I get just a little of it but my wife who uses the same shower, carpets, bed, etc. never had it. My problem continues. As I said , my wife never got it.
5. As Ed suggested, last night I took a 40 minute (Ed suggested 30)footbath vinegar and water. Did me good and I fell asleep ok. But in the middle of the night, there we go again.
6. As I said in my first poster, I drank about four to five times a week a diet pepsi or diet coke. None to-day (and by the way no more anyway - just in case) and I have had itchy heels all day and that's why I'm writing again.
7. Could it be the sort of plastic Reebok sandals or
8. could it be the structure of the foot bones, needing a special orthopedic support
9. In one of Edgar Cayce's readings I read the following:
. (Q) What is the cause and cure for the itching of the feet?
(A) This has been given as specific, that the extensions from the 4th lumbar or the axis are to be given specific treatment in a manner in which the corrections are made to the nerve forces of the feet themselves, or to the lower extremities, and the supplying through the massage to the bursa of the feet, in the heels, under the bottoms of the feet; and we will find all of these conditions disappearing. Because it feels so much better after about three or four, don't quit! Keep it up until the system feels real, REAL well-balanced; or have it for periods of three weeks, a rest period of a week, and then take another period of three weeks; and we will find it will make a great deal of change with this body.
and......
Well that, at least every other day, there be a massage of the brachial centers, lumbar centers, with equal parts of Olive Oil and Tincture of Myrrh. These act as foods for centers, allaying the distresses in nerve ends.
For, the therapeutic value of the properties given to the skin itself is as follows: As given, as known and held by the ancients more than the present modes of medication, olive oil - properly prepared (hence pure olive oil should always be used) - is one of the most effective agents for stimulating muscular activity, or mucus-membrane activity, that may be applied to a body. Olive Oil, then, combined with the Tincture of Myrrh will be very effective; for the Tincture of Myrrh acts with the pores of the skin in such a manner as to strike in, causing the circulation to be carried to affected parts where tissue has been in the nature of folds - or scar tissue, produced from superficial activity from the active forces in the body itself, in making for coagulation in any portion of the system, whether external or internal. And, as indicated in the specific conditions referred to in relation to this body, will be MOST effectual. The Camphorated Oil is merely the same basic force [as Olive Oil?] to which has been added properties of Camphor in more or less its raw or original state, than the spirits of same. Such activity in the epidermis is not only to produce soothing to affected areas but to stimulate the circulation in such effectual ways and manners as to combine with the other properties in bringing what will be determined, in the course of two to two and a half years, a new skin!

As I just discovered this, I've not as yet tried this. This is an approach I have not seen yet in these posters.

As always, more questions than answers.

But it's a ........ problem which I and everybody I guess could do without. Are we asking for miracles. Good luck you scratchers!!!

Result number: 106

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Gerb on 3/07/08 at 19:59

Hi Ed. Am I glad to find a website with so much itchy heel information. I'm 75 years old and in pretty good condition, 6'3' and 180 lbs. I have had itching heels, which has driven me plain crazy for many many years. Have tried all sorts of creams, temporary releave sometimes, but never real releave. Wake up several times a night, cream the heels, go back to bed and the story repeats itself. And yes, I drink diet coke and will stop that as of now. I'll drink water instead and I'll take a vinegar footbath right now. 75 water/30 vinegar?? My life style is rather healthy besides my itching heels. I'll thank God even more for fixing this problem and you too ofcourse.

Result number: 107

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Re: Itchy Heels View Thread
Posted by scott r on 3/06/08 at 14:20

I'm the owner of this web site. Google has been ranking this 'itchy heel' thread of messages high when people do searches. That's why there are so many posts. Dr Wander, please don't delete posts in this thread. Let's just let it go.

Result number: 108

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Re: Itchy Heels View Thread
Posted by DGW on 3/06/08 at 14:08

Well this is quite amazing there are so many of us with the same unknown malady! I have had this on and off for years but it was just a minor feeling now and then. Now just lately it is back and has been waking me up in the early morning. Sound familiar? I would describe it as more of a tingling internal irritation rather than a classical skin itch as so many of you have noted. For me it is mostly on the back of my heel. I walk every day for 30 minutes but I've done that for years without this level of the problem. Some of you exercise vigorously and some not at all so that can't be it. I do not get stressed out easily so I doubt it is stress, but maybe for some that is a factor. I relate it to winter and dry skin but creams don't help much. Many mentioned heat and sleep as factors. I agree as I found that removing a blanket over my feet helps reduce the feeling. I don't have it so bad that I scratch it, just drag my feet around on the sheet a bit. I have been taking lots of vitamins for years, including B-complex, so that is probably not it either, unless I should go back to taking more B than I do now. I can tell you that the only thing that gives temporary relief in bed is to rub on some Arnica gel. That seems to calm the feeling. My blood sugar has always been normal so I doubt that diabetes is a possiblity. I see only one diabetic in the list. I will try the Epsom salts soak and see if it helps also I will try additional vitamin B complex and report back. Best of luck to all.

Result number: 109

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Aaron A on 3/05/08 at 17:31

I just started Zoloft a few weeks ago, started the full dose 2/22/08 and am already tapering off of it because it wasn't working for my depression. Anyway, starting a few days ago I started having very itchy palms, which has never happened to me before and I am not allergic to anything that I know of (or maybe I am?). This particular side effect is very annoying, I notice it is worse at night. Have you thought about it possibly being the Zoloft?

Result number: 110

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Re: egsima? verse fungus? View Thread
Posted by egsima2k8 on 2/29/08 at 06:54

i have been experiencing similar problems for the past couple of years and im simply at breaking point. i have missed alot of school due to the severe pain and suffering i have had to deal with. the oosing blisters and itchy scratchy parts have made me extremeley concious of my appearance as i am beetroot red most of the time and i have many times turned to whisky for guidence. Unfortunately, i was found to be allergic to whisky especially famous grouse, so turned to cava. the expence was great but worth the great burden it released from me. i am still suffering and have returned many a time to doctors and dermatologists but all turn me away presuming i am an alcholholic, but i swear that i only look drunk cos i get the heeby jeebies regularly which i think is a side affect of the blisters. i have lost many Bfs cos of this terrible diseas as they hav regularly viewed the disgraceful sight of oosing blisters. if anyone can help please do :)
xxxxx

Result number: 111

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Re: egsima? verse fungus? View Thread
Posted by egsima2k8 on 2/29/08 at 06:54

i have been experiencing similar problems for the past couple of years and im simply at breaking point. i have missed alot of school due to the severe pain and suffering i have had to deal with. the oosing blisters and itchy scratchy parts have made me extremeley concious of my appearance as i am beetroot red most of the time and i have many times turned to whisky for guidence. Unfortunately, i was found to be allergic to whisky especially famous grouse, so turned to cava. the expence was great but worth the great burden it released from me. i am still suffering and have returned many a time to doctors and dermatologists but all turn me away presuming i am an alcholholic, but i swear that i only look drunk cos i get the heeby jeebies regularly which i think is a side affect of the blisters. i have lost many Bfs cos of this terrible diseas as they hav regularly viewed the disgraceful sight of oosing blisters. if anyone can help please do :)
xxxxx

Result number: 112

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Re: egsima? verse fungus? View Thread
Posted by egsima2k8 on 2/29/08 at 06:54

i have been experiencing similar problems for the past couple of years and im simply at breaking point. i have missed alot of school due to the severe pain and suffering i have had to deal with. the oosing blisters and itchy scratchy parts have made me extremeley concious of my appearance as i am beetroot red most of the time and i have many times turned to whisky for guidence. Unfortunately, i was found to be allergic to whisky especially famous grouse, so turned to cava. the expence was great but worth the great burden it released from me. i am still suffering and have returned many a time to doctors and dermatologists but all turn me away presuming i am an alcholholic, but i swear that i only look drunk cos i get the heeby jeebies regularly which i think is a side affect of the blisters. i have lost many Bfs cos of this terrible diseas as they hav regularly viewed the disgraceful sight of oosing blisters. if anyone can help please do :)
xxxxx

Result number: 113

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Ed on 2/25/08 at 02:16

Soak your feet in vinegar 75/30 with water for about half an hour. The itch will stop for a couple of months. For longer relief, add alcohol to the vinegar.. Works for me.

Result number: 114

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by SavioB on 2/23/08 at 13:25

Wow.... this is incredible. A whole world full of people with the the 'Itchy calx syndrome' (itchy heel). Now that we've given it a name maybe some pharma corp can come with a remeby :-)

But seriously, it is really annoying. Seems to be induced with stress. I've had varying levels of success with moisturerizers and parafin baths for the feet.

On a more paranormal note, the itch seems to precede some coming antagonism.

We should form a club though.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Kari K on 2/22/08 at 16:52

I have had the itchy heel problem for a couple of months and have really benefited from reading and trying many of your posted ideas. In the last week I have discovered a solution for my own feet---Selsun Blue Dandruff Shampoo. No kidding! I was thinking my problem was fungal, so I bought the shampoo, rubbed it full-strength on my itchy heels about 4 times a day, and covered my feet with cotton socks. In less than a week my heels are healed. The active ingredient in the shampoo is selenium sulfide and I believe it worked because my problem was fungal.

Result number: 116

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 2/22/08 at 13:36

My doctor yesterday said he believes I am allergic to Lavendar, also, which makes a lot of sense. I am a masseuse, and I used lavendar a LOT. I used a Lavendar bodywash at night, and I sprayed my pillows with it, too, and i would wake up with my forehead bumpy. I couldn't understand why because I have had clear skin usually. Also, Sunday night, the night I woke up itchy that Monday morning, I had used a body cream for moisturizing with LOTS of lavendar in it.

I think the other tips here are important and helpful, too. I am doing much better since i left off the lavendar, but I also soaked my feet in bleach water--someone told me 1 part bleach to 3 parts water--and that helped, too. And it never hurts to bleach the shower. And I have left off the artificial sweeteners, which i usually avoid, anyway.

Result number: 117

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by JenL on 2/21/08 at 21:12

I know it seems unlikely but it works! I'm glad others are trying it and feeling the results as well. :) Happy sleeping all.

Result number: 118

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by BonnieB on 2/21/08 at 20:51

Jewel! Yes it is! :) Well, being off aspartame for the past two days, I definitely notice a big difference. I couldn't believe it! I just finished running 4 miles though, so we'll see how it is tonight... but my heel definitely feels better. It still is a tad bit itchy, but nothing like two nights ago during my ranting post! I discussed it with a friend as well... and as we are both in outside sales, she says she has the itchy heel off and on like me, as we were heels and on our feet all the time, our feet sweat. I'm not giving up on the idea regarding a fungal issue - but I couldn't believe the aspartame has made a difference! WOOHOO!! Love this forum! :)

Result number: 119

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Barb B on 2/21/08 at 18:26

Same thing...itchy feet only at night. I am a 56 year old avid tennis player and walk a lot. I have researched and can only come up with the fact that being on my feet so much causes a release of histamine which releases at night. Occasionally I take an antihistamine like benadryl and this helps. Try it. I hope it works for you.

Barb Bell

Result number: 120

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike C on 2/20/08 at 20:06

how long were you off aspartame until you noticed a difference

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 2/19/08 at 11:27

Bonnie, isn't this thread great?
I'll bet you will see a difference leaving off the aspartame. I didn't think it applied to me at first either and then i realized, i had chewed some gum with it in there and i had been drinking diet ginger ale, which also had it in there, while i was ill, and also eating sugar free jello though not for a few days. Still. I am better today.
But i also cleaned the house, scrubbed both my showers with bleach and soaked my feet in salt and bleach and warm water.
Not sure which thing helped, maybe they all did.

Result number: 122

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Re: itchy Heel TREATMENT View Thread
Posted by Steve S. on 2/19/08 at 09:54

Not sure if this will work for everyone, but it relieves my itchy heel problem, so I wanted to share it. In my case, it appears to be related to irritable bowel syndrome, in which gas causes feedback to the brain, resulting in all kinds of symptoms: headache, restless legs, malaise In my experience, the problem is not in my heel, but in the brain, sending signals that make it feel like a heel problem (like in sciatica or phantom limb pain.) So here is what gets rid of it for me most of the time:
1. avoid foods that cause gas (onions, broccoli, cabbage, MSG, dairy, etc)
2. at the earliest onset of an itchy heel episode, take a suppository (glycerin or Dulcolax evacuation suppository) and some caffeine to stimulate the bowel (strong, hot tea is good).
3. then immediately exercise--situps, jog, or just walk in place--until the suppository works and you pass any gas in your intestine (note--I don't necessarily need to feel bloated for the gas to be a problem!) Repeat the glycerin suppository if necessary.
4. 90% of the time, this relieves the problem for me.
5. also, elevating the foot helps, in conjunction with the above, AFTER the gas is gone.
6. you can also talk to your doctor about trying Fiorinal--a drug for migraine headaches that seems to help block some of the nervous signals from the bowel to the brain. Also helps me some.
7. B vitamins MAY help diminish it some, but not totally, at least for me, but worth a try also.
God Bless and hang in there!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 2/19/08 at 09:52

I did not have itchy heel last night.
I do have some pinpricks in my hands a bit, and I could feel like my feet had some pricks.
But I was able to sleep without an Ambien. I kept it by my bed just in case but I didn't need it.
One of my friends said when she had the symptoms I did, that her doctor said she had a staph infection. I am asking her some more about that. I would think a staph infection would include fever, and I don't believe i have a fever. Also, she said the Benadryl didn't work for her and it seemed to for me.

Result number: 124

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by BonnieB on 2/19/08 at 06:41

oh geeze.. thank goodness for this forum!

i'm a 25 yr. old female, 130lbs... very active and this darn heel itch came about a year ago - right around the time i started training for triathlons (and running for the first time!). like all of you, i've done the sprays for athlete's foot and to no avail! i would hate to think of this as a neuro disorder or precursor symptom of diabetes (as it does run in my family).

either this is an issue of nerve entrapment due to running (which, i typically run 3 - 5.5 miles 3 days a week) or fungal.

i believe this is a fungal issue as when i get pedicures i always ask for callus' removed... and the itch subsides for a few days. they put a softening cream on the heel and then scrub scrub scrub away the dead skin. also, i wear heels with no pantyhose and when i was going through my old heels a few months ago i found a pair that i hadn't worn for about two months and there was mold spores growing in the heel part of the shoe. i do live a block from the beach in southern california... so i do live in a moisture abundant area, but i couldn't believe there was mold growing so fast! but i do notice that the itch isn't every night.

the aspartame theory - well i didn't think it applied to me. but i just realized today i got a sugar-free mocha at starbucks (assume they use aspartame in it) and just remembered i had a diet dr. pepper last night and the itch has been pretty awful this evening (woke right up at 3am!). so tomorrow i will make sure not to have any diet sodas, or gum and see how it feels.

who knows! what a perplexing issue. i'm definitely bookmarking this page to see if any cures have been established and to document my own successes (i hope!! - i'm positive!). :)

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 2/19/08 at 00:10

Jen L, I am hoping mine stops soon. I am still a bit itchy but it's not just my heel or ankle. I just vacuumed the whole house in case there was something in here that got tracked in that's bothering me.

Result number: 126

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by JenL on 2/18/08 at 20:45

Mine stopped right away, thank god. And has completely stopped since.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 2/18/08 at 20:35

I just soaked my feet in salt, water, and bleach for about 20 minutes. Tom R, how long did you soak, when you soaked? You said 4 days did the trick for you, yes?

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Re: Itchy View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 2/18/08 at 18:22

Your symptoms are extremely vague and can not be diagnosed over the internet. Make an appointment with a doctor for a proper diagnosis.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 2/18/08 at 16:51

Christine, while i was experiencing itching in more than one place some of the time, my RIGHT ankle/heel is what woke me up itching. And I DO sleep on my left side with my Right leg over my left. Kind of the opposite of what you do. I wonder if there is a correlation there.

I chew sugar free gum, sometimes...I think i had some this weekend. How long after you stopped chewing did the itching quit?

Or for anyone else who feels the aspartame made them itch, how long after you stopped consuming it before the itching went away?

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by ChristineN on 2/18/08 at 15:50

I have found relief from not crossing my legs and not chewing aspartame-containing gum...I also will note that I often sleep with my left leg over my right leg (which is bent under my knee)-it is my left heel that itches, so I wonder if I'm compressing the nerve in the back of my leg that leads to my heel. I tend to do this more in the winter, because the bed is cold and I tend to curl up a bit, but the point is that I think my symptoms are largely related to the positions I put my body in throughout the day.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 2/18/08 at 14:58

Oh, and one more thing I did--I purchased perfume free and dye free laundry detergent, just in case that's what's bothering my skin.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jewel A on 2/18/08 at 14:54

Okay, I have read this entire thread today. I want to thank the Doctors who have taken time to contribute and post.

Last night I was awakened with a very itchy right ankle, on the inside. I had to get up and put cortisone cream and then I put another topical analgesic on it which contained menthol. I don't know which one helped.

When I woke up, my palms were itchy, also my feet/ankles/heels. I have some skin disturbance that is coming and going on my shins right now. I DID have a rash on my arm Saturday but that went away, and I had rashes on my shins but after soaking in Epsom salts for an hour on Saturday night I was better.

I am a Licensed Massage Therapist, and try to live a very healthy lifestyle. I try to eat mostly organic foods and juices. However, last night I ate some potatoes from the deli at the grocery store that were prepared already. I am wondering what was in them.

The potential diagnoses that resonated as possibilities with me are:
1. Plantar fascitis--I am a masseuse, I spend hours a day, standing and pushing and pulling. In addition, I used to work out with weights but now I mostly walk as exercise, preferable for an hour to and hour and a half at a time. When I have received massages from my colleagues, one of them said my calves were the tightest things on my body.

As a masseuse specializing in sports and trigger point work, I know for a fact that the nerves can be impacted by muscle spasms. I have also not been working my calves despite the fact that I know my feet have been sore sometimes when I get up in the morning. It goes away, so...I didn't worry too much.

But, I immediately did a lot of deep work on my left calf, to see what happened. However, that would NOT explain the rash.

2. I used Benadryl extra strength itch cream and that seemed to help. I DO have some rashes, so...we shall see.

3. I purchased the gel heel caps and also some memory foam inserts. I am putting something supportive in all my shoes. It suddenly became clear to me that I was neglecting something very easy to fix--supporting my feet more. I preach memory foam beds and pillows to my clients--I need to take my own advice and apply to my feet. I was amazed at how GREAT the inserts feel. I don't know if this is what is wrong, but I know it can't hurt.

4. I never drink diet drinks. I have avoided artificial sweeteners for years. But, it is possible i might have had something that had an ingredient somewhere in it that i reacted to.

Another possibility is that I have been eating Probiotic bars this week. They are supposed to put BACK the good stuff into your digestive system. I wonder if they are responsible in part for this disturbance?

5. The fungus diagnosis MIGHT be a possibility. I get regular pedicures and I also regularly shave any rough skin off of my feet using a razor made for that purpose. But, my showers do get moldy sometimes. I live in Texas, and we have a lot of humidity. It is really hard to battle mold here. Also, another reason I think fungus might be a possibility, including yeast, is that I was just on massive rounds of antibiotics for respirtory illness. I noticed that I felt like i was fighting a slight yeast infection (female) but not severe enough to really notice and not severe enough to call the doctor.

So, if there is yeast ANYWHERE in my body, it might be growing if there is mold in my shower or a more favorable climate in my body for it, due to the imbalance from the antibiotics.

I am very allergic to several antibiotics, so I know what an allergic reaction feels like.

And it DOES feel like of like an allergic reaction to me, since I am itching in several places and also have a rash that comes and goes.

I am hoping that if it is something I ate it will work itself out. Because my normal diet is very, very clean.

6. Just in case the fungal diagnosis pertains, I bought a bunch of bleach based products and have scoured my shower/tub twice (it needed it, anyway) and my single shower pretty thoroughly, also. That can't hurt. I don't know if I am going to soak my feet in salt and water and bleach. Once again, I am itchy but not just in my feet. Hmmm.

Thanks to everyone who is posting about this. I will keep you posted.

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Itchy View Thread
Posted by Whostine on 2/18/08 at 12:47

Okay, so about a month and a half ago i discovered myself to become itchy whenever i get uncomfortable or too hot. I end up leaving the room and getting to cooler places. Today I was in my class and it was really hot, i left the room once, went back in after i was cooled down. I tried to fight it off but i got so itchy i started noticing little red bumps on my arms and legs.
I itch everywhere, I cant no longer get sweaty, I cant stay in a shower for no longer than 20 min. PLEASE HELP ME!

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Re: Itchy Arch View Thread
Posted by MoiMoi on 2/18/08 at 10:54

I'm also experiencing an itchy arch which was preceded by an intermittent burning pain between two of my toes. I have noticed that the itchiness occurs only in the foot that had snapped ligaments, 11+ X-rays, and three cortisones shots, although this might not be of consequence. I have also recently started fitness walking due to my holiday season 'additional' weight gain, probably this is of more significance.

If it is bothering you a great deal, you should press hard on your doctor, despite their pre-programmed dismissive behavior (referring to the: 'come back if it gets worse', suggestion, which by then if it is a problem it will surely be too late by some measure).

After all, that's really what their getting paid for - to actually put their thinking caps on, run all of the tests, then figure out the problems, by whatever means required. When we go home to search the internet, we are really doing their homework, without getting paid for the countless hours spent. Sadly today, doctors are trained to focus on statistical likeliness, so they have rendered themselves redundant and somewhat of a hindrance to solving the problem. (From an insurance company's perspective I would be conducting studies to figure out how frequently doctors were late to figuring out problems that ultimately cost the insurance company additional 100s of thousands).

Enough of my rant...:)


Good Luck! Post here when you do find out.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Jmasterson on 2/18/08 at 00:14

Does anyone have the itch in their toes too? I haven't seen anyone else comment about having that, but I do.
In fact, it started in my toes and seems to have spread to both heels. When my toes are affected, they feel swollen and tender, they look very red and feel hot to the touch. Ditto with my heels.
With the toes (and it's always the two smallest toes on each foot) they feel like cooked sausages, loose and very hot, pressure building in their skins and ready to burst. There's no blister, that's just how it feels.
With my heels its more or less the same, deep itching on the back of the heels (doesn't touch the sole of the foot and very tender, almost sore. Very hot to the touch and red.
Scratching brings only momentary relief, like scratching an insect bite, the itch comes back worse seconds later.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Lori -In-Indiana on 2/14/08 at 23:11

So, does chewing a few pieces of surgar-free gum a week count as using aspartame? I don't drink diet soda...don't think aspartame is my problem.

As I am up with my itchy heels tonight, I will say I did notice that flexing my foot made a difference. When the crawly feeling starts, I always resist it until I cannot stand it because once I start to itch, it is like a mosquito bite and the itch intensifies. So I was laying there trying not to itch and was changing the position of my leg to see if it mattered. When I pointed my foot, it definitely got worse, and when I flexed, it got better. Not gone, but better. Alas, I cannot keep my foot fixed while I sleep or when relaxed.

So anyone else willing to try it and see what happens? Can't hurt. I am curious.

Lori in Indiana

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by JenL on 2/14/08 at 21:47

Aspertame? Sorry, I think I was spelling it wrong.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by JenL on 2/14/08 at 21:45

THE VERDICT IS IN!!

Several of us have tried the anti-aspartame lifestyle and we are all ITCH FREE!! I've never been so grateful, THANK YOU FOR THE ADVICE!! And I'd like to give it to everyone else. SAY NO TO ASPARTAME!! I promise, try it. I gave up diet soda and have been completely cured. Check your labels people!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Lori -In-Indiana on 2/14/08 at 08:19

Well I have been following the posts here for some time. I have had this problem for years. Thought I would post my stats and what I have tried.

I am 32, stay at home mom (caucasian) of 3 older kids (9,11 and 15). I am not athletic in any sense. I weigh 130lbs, am 5'4'. Definitely not topical for me, seems to be a nerve issue or dietary but I have never figured out what. I live in Indiana. The problem DOES get worse in winter but is always there. As best I can guess, I have had it 5 years or more.

I do take lots of ibuprofen. I get migraines and also take an Rx for that (Frova). I do not drink diet drinks but I do chew sugar-free gum a lot. Not every day, tho, and I get this itch EVERY day, ONLY in my right heel. I am right handed. I have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands. I have low blood pressure and some mild blood sugar issues (hypoglycemia). I have never had an injury to the area or my back. Do not do anything high impact, etc.

B-complex does not work for me. I have taken B vitamins a long time a long with daily vitamins and anti-oxidants. Am curious about the dairy as I have been craving lots of milk lately and lately it HAS been worse. I did take fish-oil for something else for months and there did seem to be a lessening/relief while I was taking it. I am doing an experiment, not being on it, then going back on it and seeing if there is a correlation.

My feet look perfectly normal, they do not have excess skin on the heel. My itch is on the BOTTOM of my heel, in the center, always the same exact sensation, same exact spot. Once in a bluey, I get it on the left foot, too. I use the cheese grater to remove excess skin after showering, but itch it on concrete or with my fingernails which lasts only seconds. It is mainly at night when I lay down, but I do have it when standing as well.

My feet are always cold, as someone else mentioned, even in the summer. I do go barefoot most the summer. No one else in my family has it. I do not wear heels, maybe a couple times a year. It has recently come to my attention that I may have hypothyroidism. I have not had it checked out yet.

Antihistamines do not work. None of them, I have tried them all (I have lots of allergies). Sleeping pills do not work either(they are basically antihistamines anyway). Being hydrated does not work, my feet are not dry at all anyway. I still have tried creams to no avail. Nothing topical works, tho I have not done the bleach thing nor the yeast infection cream. Neither have I cut away the dead skin on my heel. I just slough it off with my cheese grater (it is made for feet).

Only other thing I can think to mention is that I have had a couple abdominal surgeries through the years (1st one in 1992, then in 1998, 2002 and 2006). All were female related.

Lori in Indiana

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Christy on 2/14/08 at 02:56

Oh and lastly I am 39. I just started doing yoga, pilates and I am back on the treadmill so perhaps it is related to the calves or running. I just worked out my calves two days prior and they are very sore. But it must be also related with age or wear and tear because the times that Ive ran and jogged on the treadmill in the past I never had this experience. In a desperate attempt to relive the itching so I could try to sleep tonight I rubbed some of that vaginal anti itch cream on the heel and it seems like it may be working. It took about 15 min to kick in. So maybe my case is athletes foot but if so why don't they both itch and why dont they itch all over?

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Christy on 2/14/08 at 02:42

I am having the same problem tonight for the first time which is why I am on here searching for an answer. I've never had this before. I couldn't sleep from the itching in my left heel so I got up, looked at my feet in the restroom. They are red on the soles there are tiny cracks in the heels from dryness and the only thing I can think of is parasites. I've read most of the comments on this board and all that comes to mind is parasites. I am going to see my chinese medicine dr as soon as I can to see if this is the problem or if it's just a case of athletes foot that I may have picked up from doing pilates at the gym this week. I do use a mat of my own so I dont see how but I guess you never know. The itching seems deeper than that of athletes foot and it's in one spot. Also I noticed 3 little bumps on the side of the heel as your press down on the skin and stretch it. Perhaps those are parasite eggs? Ugh does anyone have advice?

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Re: simple suggestion View Thread
Posted by Jared on 2/13/08 at 18:58

I have had itchy heels for years. (TRIED EVERYTHING!! INCLUDING REMOVAL OF SKIN) because it drove me so crazy! I have been playing pro baseball for 10 years feet driving me insane when its especially hot out long nights itchy feet, my sports medicine trainer recommended the Aspertame so far so good! hopefully this year I wont drop any fly balls because of itchy feet syndrome!!

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Simon on 2/11/08 at 15:20


Well bugger me! Here I am, sitting at work doing a night duty as a medical doctor in Australia and my bloody foot is itching like absolute buggery again. I've searched all the medical literature to absolutely no avail, so I thought I'd google it. And here you all are.

It's my right heel. It's worse when I'm stressed (thus when I'm at work tonight and someone's dying on me and there's no much I can do and lo and behold the bloody itch starts!). It is a pinpoint spot. The only relief I get is when I scratch it with a sharp object. I've tried local anaesthetic, temporary relief and kind of weird because it is still itchy but only much harder to itch.

We should all start a club.

I believe it is almost all psychological, sadly. Otherwise we've all been unbeknowingly abducted by aliens and a transmitter has been placed in our foot.

Itch away itchy-spot peoples and know you are not alone in your madness!

(PS if anyone ever finds out that it actually isn't madness please please let me know).

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simple suggestion View Thread
Posted by me on 2/10/08 at 23:58

While I don't have itchy heels, for a very long time (years) I have had a deep, persistent itch on the side of my pinky toe. I often go through the same thing, lotion, scratching with the sharp end of a nail file or knife, etc. This almost always occurs at night when I'm about to sleep. This may seem obvious, and many have probably tried it, but what I've found works very well most of the time is taking ibuprofen. For whatever reason (thinning blood?, placebo effect?), it usually works and I can get to sleep at night.

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Re: Heel Itch! View Thread
Posted by JenL on 2/10/08 at 22:19

Oh my god, I'm so glad I found this site. I've had this problem for about the past 2 months and it's driving me NUTS!! It is especially when I am just lying around, usually when I'm trying to go to sleep. After reading everyone's posts I have some ideas to try and get rid of my stupid itchy heels!
It doesn't seem like the problem stems from any similarities in people.. I'm a 26 year old female, 5'0, about 115 lbs, I am on my feet about 6 hours a day for work and do not work out much, on no medications..
HOWEVER, I do drink Coke Zero which contains aspartame!! I was actually drinking it as I read this with my itchy heels and literally spit it out! I am cutting soda out of my life and checking labels on diet crap to make sure fake sugar isnt causing this problem. To think I've been passing up real sugar for fear of gaining weight, and instead driving myself nuts with itching. Ugh, I'll be so pissed!
After reading the beginning posts I got to thinking how this started right after I had shingles.. yes at 26 I had shingles, so I immediately thought it would be a neurological problem. I always feel a tad bit itchy.. my head, my arm, my back, etc.. and I figured that stemmed from the nerve problems having to do with the shingles and put the foot itch in the same category. Does anyone else have other itchies? Or has had shingles?
I'm going to quit drinking soda and report back on that in a week or two if it works that quickly.
We will get to the bottom of this!!

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Heelhumor on 2/02/08 at 22:04

Son of an itch! This left heel post chat sounds just like the right heel post chat I was just in. Duh...I think we all have the same freaken problem. Some just have it in the right heel and others in the left! Some both. Wow, who would have ever thought. Maybe these chats should combine into one amazing itchy heel chat room. I think Donald Rumsfeld has something to do with this. Go to the other chat and you'll u-n-d-e-r-s-t-a-n-d...

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Heelhumor on 2/02/08 at 21:41

Its all got to do with the time of year. Most everyone in this chat is posting during winter months. Dry homes, offices, sweaty socks, low indoor and outdoor humidity. I have had my itchy heels for a long time and I never complain about them in the summer. Well maybe just once or twice, but never as much. Think about it, in 90 days we'll all be mowing our grass. From then on I bet I won't hear a word from any of you until next Thanksgiving. Just keep scratching! Relief is just around the corner!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by bradb on 2/02/08 at 21:32

The bleach thing does help. I note that I have sanded my feet just like Tom and then spent a lot of time in a swimming pool in Florida on Vacation. The pool had a major Chlorine/bleach smell. Amazingly after a few long dips my heels stopped itching. Unfortunately, do to the high chlorine, I itched everywhere else for a day or so. After returning home the itchy heels returned in six weeks. I now plan on sanding and soaking in bleach right in the comfort of my own bathroom. Maybe I should just move to Florida?

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Rick m on 1/31/08 at 21:56

Hello everyone, I to have, done, been there, and doing all the above except for the bleach. I do scrubb the skin on my heels with one of those scrubby things from body and bath stores in the shower to remove dead skin. I think I will try the bleach for a short time and respond back to this site with my results.

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Becky on 1/30/08 at 19:49

I'm 18 and I've had this problem for about 5 months on my inner left heel as well, although it had stopped before that for awhile before returning again. The one thing I have ever done to relieve it is scratch it HARD. And just scratching it with my finger doesn't do it for me. If i'm outside, I will actually take my foot out of my shoe and rub my heel on the sidewalk which makes it feel a gazillion times better. It usually gets AWFUL while I'm sleeping, in which case I keep a pair of scissors by my bed and scratch my heel with the tip and that helps. Its itching now, by the way. How annoying.

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Re: Recurring Big Toe Sprains - Why? View Thread
Posted by Michelle on 1/26/08 at 08:08

Thank you for your reply. It's so hard to expain because the pain is just everywhere in the bottoms of my feet, very severe while standing up. If I roll up onto the balls of my feet my right foot (operated leg) definintely feels weak but perhaps that is normal. And yes there is a straining feeling not incredibly painful but straining in the big toe area.

I have developed bunions on both feet now. This just happened within the past week. I probably had them before but they are very obvious now and my feet have definitely changed in appearance because of this.

Why did I develop these bunions so badly all of a sudden? They are sore and itchy.

My very first symptom after my knee surgery was plantar fasciitis but that seems to have cleared up now.

Main symptoms are:

Weak feet that hurt when I walk, pivot or move quick.

Feet I can't stand on for more than a few minutes without excruiciating pain and I have to sit down

when I do sit down after standing only a minute or two I have tingling in the bottoms of my feet like they were just slapped.

They are not red not really swollen but there are visible changes as noted.

Last night I was out to dinner and sat at the table for about 2 hours. The whole time they were throbbing and tingling and after having them resting on the floor in a seated position they started to hurt. ????

By the time I got home I felt like I had run a 20 mile marathon barefoot on concrete that's how bad they hurt and how sore they were.

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Re: Recurring Big Toe Sprains - Why? View Thread
Posted by Michelle on 1/26/08 at 08:07

Thank you for your reply. It's so hard to expain because the pain is just everywhere in the bottoms of my feet, very severe while standing up. If I roll up onto the balls of my feet my right foot (operated leg) definintely feels weak but perhaps that is normal. And yes there is a straining feeling not incredibly painful but straining in the big toe area.

I have developed bunions on both feet now. This just happened within the past week. I probably had them before but they are very obvious now and my feet have definitely changed in appearance because of this.

Why did I develop these bunions so badly all of a sudden? They are sore and itchy.

My very first symptom after my knee surgery was plantar fasciitis but that seems to have cleared up now.

Main symptoms are:

Weak feet that hurt when I walk, pivot or move quick.

Feet I can't stand on for more than a few minutes without excruiciating pain and I have to sit down

when I do sit down after standing only a minute or two I have tingling in the bottoms of my feet like they were just slapped.

They are not red not really swollen but there are visible changes as noted.

Last night I was out to dinner and sat at the table for about 2 hours. The whole time they were throbbing and tingling and after having them resting on the floor in a seated position they started to hurt. ????

By the time I got home I felt like I had run a 20 mile marathon barefoot on concrete that's how bad they hurt and how sore they were.

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Re: Recurring Big Toe Sprains - Why? View Thread
Posted by Michelle on 1/26/08 at 08:05

Thank you for your reply. It's so hard to expain because the pain is just everywhere in the bottoms of my feet, very severe while standing up. If I roll up onto the balls of my feet my right foot (operated leg) definintely feels weak but perhaps that is normal. And yes there is a straining feeling not incredibly painful but straining in the big toe area.

I have developed bunions on both feet now. This just happened within the past week. I probably had them before but they are very obvious now and my feet have definitely changed in appearance because of this.

Why did I develop these bunions so badly all of a sudden? They are sore and itchy.

My very first symptom after my knee surgery was plantar fasciitis but that seems to have cleared up now.

Main symptoms are:

Weak feet that hurt when I walk, pivot or move quick.

Feet I can't stand on for more than a few minutes without excruiciating pain and I have to sit down

when I do sit down after standing only a minute or two I have tingling in the bottoms of my feet like they were just slapped.

They are not red not really swollen but there are visible changes as noted.

Last night I was out to dinner and sat at the table for about 2 hours. The whole time they were throbbing and tingling and after having them resting on the floor in a seated position they started to hurt. ????

By the time I got home I felt like I had run a 20 mile marathon barefoot on concrete that's how bad they hurt and how sore they were.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Pat on 1/25/08 at 13:45

Found a cure, I think. I have started to take a B-Complex vitamin. I take B-50 which is just a mix of different B vitamins. B-100 is also available. They help tremendously with the nervous system among other things. I have started to take a pill a day, missing some days here and there, and I have not had an itch in months. I think this could be a fix. Try it. It worked for me. You can find it almost in any store.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tom R on 1/22/08 at 18:54

I think there are enough similarities in our experiences to merit a response, even if I have to keep being too consistent:

1. My itchy heel always struck after being off my feet for awhile. Usually at night, for obvious reasons.
2. My itchy occurred when my feet were warmer. Again, very intense at night when they were toasty in my socks and under the covers, and sweating a bit.
3. My toes don’t itch.
4. I don’t take any medication, and I eat far healthier than most people. (No more aspartame!)
5. I’m the same age as you are, and I’m in good health. I’m athletic, though not so much of late. (Hence my skepticism when it comes to elaborate, polymorphic theories involving nerve disorders.)

Here is the thing: I found out that athlete’s foot creams, and sprays. (i.e. tolnaftate) will not get rid of this maddening itch. They only help temporarily after you remove the dead layers of skin that shelter the source of the itch. (How ever you do it, do it thoroughly, or I suspect your efforts may be in vain.)

What finally cured my itch was thoroughly removing the dead layers of skin on my heel, and soaking my feet in warm water with a bit of bleach for a few nights in a row. Simple and effective, at least for me, and now my heel is smooth, with a normal layer of regenerated, protective skin. Unless you do this, or something similar, I would say the fungus theory does not deserve a chuckle nearly as much as all the others.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Anne on 1/21/08 at 10:02

I think it is important to acknowledge that there are probably different causes for the same symptoms on this post. It appears clear that Tom had a fungus. Others probably have a fungus, too. For Tom that is great, but for those of us who don't have the same symptoms as him, and aren't getting relief as he did, shucks! I am 42, have had intense intermittent itching heels for over a year now. Other things going on are:

- Itching mostly at night, have lost entire nights of sleep. Sometimes the most intense itching is accompanied by my feet sweating at night which is a newer symptom for me. (They have never done that before.)

- Itching intense day and night when I'm off my feet (ie, sitting at a conference 8 hours is a nightless sleep, at a computer several hours, etc.)

- Scrathing provides temporary relief enough to fall asleep, but to only wake up with intense itching later.

- Can have tingling and/or numbness with itching.

- Itching worse when feet are warm.

- My feet are usually very cold no matter what time of year or where I'm at (even in the summer.)

- I spend more time out of shoes than in shoes.

- My feet are smaller than normal for my height (I'm 5' 10' and my feet are size 8.)

- I was very athlethic my first 30 years of my life. Not as much currently.

- I have tried everyone's methods (even Toms!) with no helpful results. (BTW, Tom, you can purchase a Callous Remover at WalMart or any drugstore that is designed for removing heel calouses in a much safer way than the method you are using. They usually come with a set of 5 razor blades in the package.)

What I've tried and hasn't helped too much:
- OTC antifungal creams (tried them all)
- Epsom salt soaks - (makes itch more intense)
- Keeping my feet baby soft and smooth. I use a fresh callous remover frequently (I remove the callouses on my feet often and they are baby smooth and pink.) Then apply antifungal creams, lotions, etc... at their own times to see what would work - itch isn't gone after doing this over a year!

What I find interesting:
- Both heels equally affected.
- Both my heels have the same amount of skin.
- I know what athlete's foot about 15 years ago, and this isn't that. (That included the entire foot, and the itch was much more surface related.) This is a VERY different itch.
- ONLY heels affected. My toes never itch even when my heel itch is maddening.
- Possible spinal problems? I have Lumbar spinal issues (6 buldging discs) and multiple Tarlov Cysts in my lower spine.
- I had plantar facitis (actual injury related) when I was 20 years old.
- When my feet itch, they also sometimes tingle, and my lowers legs have quite an itch, too, at those times if I touch them.
- I don't take regular medication.
- I am in good health.
- I eat very well, everything in moderation.
- I don't smoke, drink very little.
- I was in a car accident last year which greatly aggravated my spinal issues and added several cyst-like structures in my hip that cause me problems on right side (seatbelt and armrest impact related).

I think it is very important to appreciate everyone's symptoms and to acknowledge that we all most likely have groups of different reasons for our symptoms, and that what works for one may not work for another because their diagnosis (if every found) is actually different. I say this because it is frustrating enough to have a doctor not truly acknowledge a sleepless night and call it something it is not.

Not that we apprecaite your posts, Tom, but please don't categorize us all into your firm belief that we all have a fungus, but thank you for sharing what has worked for you!

Lastly, I chuckle at everyone's attempts for relief as I have done them all!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Anne on 1/21/08 at 10:02

I think it is important to acknowledge that there are probably different causes for the same symptoms on this post. It appears clear that Tom had a fungus. Others probably have a fungus, too. For Tom that is great, but for those of us who don't have the same symptoms as him, and aren't getting relief as he did, shucks! I am 42, have had intense intermittent itching heels for over a year now. Other things going on are:

- Itching mostly at night, have lost entire nights of sleep. Sometimes the most intense itching is accompanied by my feet sweating at night which is a newer symptom for me. (They have never done that before.)

- Itching intense day and night when I'm off my feet (ie, sitting at a conference 8 hours is a nightless sleep, at a computer several hours, etc.)

- Scrathing provides temporary relief enough to fall asleep, but to only wake up with intense itching later.

- Can have tingling and/or numbness with itching.

- Itching worse when feet are warm.

- My feet are usually very cold no matter what time of year or where I'm at (even in the summer.)

- I spend more time out of shoes than in shoes.

- My feet are smaller than normal for my height (I'm 5' 10' and my feet are size 8.)

- I was very athlethic my first 30 years of my life. Not as much currently.

- I have tried everyone's methods (even Toms!) with no helpful results. (BTW, Tom, you can purchase a Callous Remover at WalMart or any drugstore that is designed for removing heel calouses in a much safer way than the method you are using. They usually come with a set of 5 razor blades in the package.)

What I've tried and hasn't helped too much:
- OTC antifungal creams (tried them all)
- Epsom salt soaks - (makes itch more intense)
- Keeping my feet baby soft and smooth. I use a fresh callous remover frequently (I remove the callouses on my feet often and they are baby smooth and pink.) Then apply antifungal creams, lotions, etc... at their own times to see what would work - itch isn't gone after doing this over a year!

What I find interesting:
- Both heels equally affected.
- Both my heels have the same amount of skin.
- I know what athlete's foot about 15 years ago, and this isn't that. (That included the entire foot, and the itch was much more surface related.) This is a VERY different itch.
- ONLY heels affected. My toes never itch even when my heel itch is maddening.
- Possible spinal problems? I have Lumbar spinal issues (6 buldging discs) and multiple Tarlov Cysts in my lower spine.
- I had plantar facitis (actual injury related) when I was 20 years old.
- When my feet itch, they also sometimes tingle, and my lowers legs have quite an itch, too, at those times if I touch them.
- I don't take regular medication.
- I am in good health.
- I eat very well, everything in moderation.
- I don't smoke, drink very little.
- I was in a car accident last year which greatly aggravated my spinal issues and added several cyst-like structures in my hip that cause me problems on right side (seatbelt and armrest impact related).

I think it is very important to appreciate everyone's symptoms and to acknowledge that we all most likely have groups of different reasons for our symptoms, and that what works for one may not work for another because their diagnosis (if every found) is actually different. I say this because it is frustrating enough to have a doctor not truly acknowledge a sleepless night and call it something it is not.

Not that we apprecaite your posts, Tom, but please don't categorize us all into your firm belief that we all have a fungus, but thank you for sharing what has worked for you!

Lastly, I chuckle at everyone's attempts for relief as I have done them all!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Naznik on 1/20/08 at 16:07

Hi Y'all

I'm a sufferer of itchy heels, too. What's interesting is though, I used to have the very exact feeling in my fingers and toes every time I'd come back home from playing in the snow, or skiing. Somehow as if the sudden change from the cold to hot would cause it all. It must have something to do with temperature! I hope someone comes up with a permamant solution. I don't think it's a good idea to take medicine or come up with new washing habits and all for the rest of our lives!

I also get this feeling of having needles and pins all over my back when my body is cold and I do exercise! again, sudden change in temperature?

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Re: itchy arches View Thread
Posted by marie on 1/16/08 at 11:27

Thank you for getting back to me so quick.I will make an appointment. It will take awhile since my doctor is so booked. Might you have some idea why this is happening?

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Re: itchy arches View Thread
Posted by Dr. DSW on 1/16/08 at 06:18

Yes, make an appointment to see a doctor.

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itchy arches View Thread
Posted by marie on 1/15/08 at 22:24

For the past six months i have had a deep itch in my arches, so bad that i have torn the skin off my foot when i was in bed the one night. It makes really hard for sleeping. I don't have overly dry feet, they are pretty good in fact i put cream on them everyday.The itch is almost there 24 for 7. Do you have any suggestions its driving me crazy.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Bonnie on 1/15/08 at 06:56

I continue to take Splenda and my itchy foot problem is still gone. I cannot tell you how pleased I am - but I would not be surprised if it magically returned.

For the poster above ... yes - I usually cross legs and have been trying to stop that bad habit. Probably more right over left (and I used to have itchy right foot).

Again ... taking one 20 mg. tablet of DHEA in the AM is the only thing that has changed in my life - although taking it may NOT be the solution and just a coincidence.

If this maddening condition returns I will let you all know.

Bonnie

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tom R on 1/13/08 at 20:14

Is it a simple case of athletes foot, or is a mysterious, possibly genetic, heat activated, severly intraped nerve disorder, probably a type of parasthesia or neuralgia, and/or chronic compartment syndrome which cannot be detected by an MRI or an EMG, or any variety of neurological tests, caused by crossing your legs too much, and/or eating too many Tums, and/or the consumption of aspartame, which should have been outlawed in spite of Donald Rumsfeld's conspiracy to make millions for his killer cronies after taking over the FDA? How can we ever know for sure?

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tom R on 1/13/08 at 19:28

Bonnie,

I didn't mean to horrify you. However, I am happy to report that today, my itchy heel is long gone, and both of my feet are smooth and healthy. I stand by my diagnosis, and my treatment. It worked.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by ChristineN on 1/13/08 at 08:56

Hello everyone,
Does everyone cross their legs? If so, do you cross over the affected foot's leg? My neurologist found nothing wrong with my nerves leading to my left heel, but she told me this could be from crossing my legs. I always cross right over left and it is my left heel that itches, likely because I am pushing on the nerves that run from the back to the foot via the outer side of my leg. I am trying to catch myself when I cross and uncross them. Seems to help so far. Also stopped chewing gum (all the ones I like have aspartame), so I don't know what the cause is yet, but I do have less itching. Good luck!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by DM on 1/11/08 at 06:07

I have the same problem listed - right heel itching - usually when my feet are warm and more in the winter. I have used things to remove dry skin, put lotion on, etc. I'm starting to wonder if I've over-done the relief part, as a woman giving me a pedicure said that you can over-file your dry skin, which causes more skin production. I think that wearing cotton socks (wicking moisture away) in the winter and putting so much weight on that side is some of the reason for the symptom. I also am wondering if there are several issues being presented on this blog. Intense burning itching can be dermagraphia (it's how mine started - in the feet first, then the palms of my hands, etc) - it's worse if you itch it and a antihistamine has worked for me.
Just some random thoughts -

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Pat on 1/09/08 at 13:17

Found a cure, I think. I have started to take a B-Complex vitamin. I take B-50 which is just a mix of different B vitamins. B-100 is also available. They help tremendously with the nervous system among other things. I have started to take a pill a day, missing some days here and there, and I have not had an itch in months. I think this could be a fix. Try it. It worked for me. You can find it almost in any store.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 1/09/08 at 11:16

I feel they will eventually learn that Splenda is far more damaging to the body than Aspartame. The first two times that I drank something that contained Splenda I reacted to it, which lead me to read the label. I shrugged it off thinking 'isn't Splenda sugar'?

After delving into how it is made, by whom and Donald Rumsfeld's involvement in getting the FDA to approve it, I decided that I'd be better off never consuming it again.

Persistent itching can be a horribly disruptive problem, good luck to everyone trying to find answers to relieve this. You could try to clean up your diet and remove any food additives and go from there.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Bonnie on 1/09/08 at 08:52

I posted a while back and just want to mention that the itchiness within my right heel has completely disappeared.

Yes ... I am right-handed.

It is now winter and cold - so in my case at least the problem does not get worse in the winter.
I continue to exercise 2-3 times weekly (both weight training and step). No change there.

FYI, I never drink soda - including diet - ever! I use Splenda in my coffee - and that does not contain Aspartame.

I can't think of anything I have done to tame this maddening problem. Only change in diet was that I started taking DHEA in addition to the usual multivitamin, calcium and 1 enteric-coated aspirin daily.

I read with some disgust (and horror) the post about the person who was 'chunking' off pieces of their foot with a sharp clipper. Egad. That sounds awfully dangerous to me.
Apparently also this thickened skin seems to grown back very quickly. This problem sounds very unique.
I believe most people who have posted here have relatively smooth skin with no visible outrageous thicking.

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Re: Itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by sdsd on 1/07/08 at 02:04

Yup. Itching gradually stopped on wearing shoe and socks.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Dr. Wedemeyer on 1/05/08 at 12:47

Interesting observations on aspartame Chris. It is widely known that aspartame breaks down into several toxic and neuroexcitatory products that are not compatible with life.

As for the calcium causing you problems I seriously doubt excess calcium is contributing to your problem though, unless you have an endocrine issue. Calcium is actually a natural muscle relaxant and the poor types of calcium are merely excreted and not well absorbed.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Chris L on 1/05/08 at 08:37

Joel,

No, I was not using sugar free Tums, just the regular ones with sugar. I am positive that excess calcium (both from Tums and diet) caused my problem (search for milk alkali syndrome).

As for aspartame, several years ago, I started having severe migraine problems every time I would drink a sugar free soda. I never touched that stuff again...

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Re: Heel Itch Gone !!! View Thread
Posted by Tom R on 1/02/08 at 22:37

Joel,

That's pretty heavy stuff about aspartame. My itchy heel is gone, my feet have always been pretty smooth, but I'm quitting diet soda for sure. Thanks for the tip.

By the way, I won't be drinking regular soda-pop either. All that sugar will kill you too.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by JoelD on 1/02/08 at 17:39

Hi Chris L.

Were you, by any chance, taking sugar free Tums (which contains Aspartame)?

Aspartame (made by Searle and marketed as NutraSweet, Equal, 951, Canderel) and Ibuprofen are my main suspects now. One of the known side-effects of each is itching with no actual rash.

In how many of us could this be the cause?

Joel

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Re: Itchy Arch View Thread
Posted by tracy on 1/01/08 at 22:31

my arch has itched for two years or longer now. Since my last trimester and now into my child's second year. It's irritating when I'm trying to go to sleep and NOBODY has been able to tell me what the deal is. have you gotten any good responses?

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Itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by sdsd on 12/31/07 at 09:49

Same problem with me. Surprised that there are so many posts. On reading everything, there are a few points that connected with mine.
1. I wear sandals
2. The itch usually begins when I lie down on bed.
3. The pain along the achilees tendon while wearing an uncomfortable shoe (though it didn't cause any itching. The itching started only 7 years after I threw away the shoes. Not related.)

A person who mentioned surfing in the Pacific (salt water contact) and getting cured.

The following theory might sound dumb, but this might help: My theory is that this might have to do with sweating. Sweat contains salt, and it could be possible that if your feet sweat, and the salt 'nourishes' your feet, the problem could be cured. I had this problem when I was a kid, but it vanished in a weeks time. All the years I've worn shoes with socks, I've had no itchy feet. But now-a-days I'm wearing sandals, and that just might be the cause. I'm gonna wear shoes and socks from now on. God knows why the itch increases when I lie down.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Anne L on 12/31/07 at 07:27

Try 'Benadryl' available on the shelf at a drug store before bedtime. It has helped me although I dont think it is a cure.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Chris L on 12/30/07 at 09:31

Just to follow-up of my previous post, my itchy heel problem didn't return and I have been sleeping vey well, finally. In retrospect, I think that having too much calcium in my diet(Tums + milk products, I calculated close to 2g/day for over 2 months) might have triggered the itch. I must also mention that when I cut-down my calcium intake I experienced some anxiety issues but it all seems to be getting back to normal now.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tom R on 12/29/07 at 14:51

I'd now like to add a few comments because I may have stirred up a mild controvery. I am not saying that my itchy heel is the same as everyone else's, but my approach to getting rid of it is seeming to work. I've taken some more precautions, in addition to the steps I have already taken, and today, I'm still virtually itch free.

1. I've noticed that others who have had recurring itchy heel problems, have commented that it recurs primarily during the winter months. Well, that's when we give up our bare feet and sandals for socks, shoes, and slippers. Fungus is much happier! Therefore, I've decided to go barefoot when I'm at home, including when I'm sleeping. My feet are cold, but I'm getting used to it.

2. I'm soaking my feet daily in a solution of warm water, salt, and bleach. I'm not enthusiastic about soaking my feet in bleach, but I use it sparingly. Bleach is the same thing as the chlorine in a swimming pool or jacuzzi, so I know it's not going to kill me. However, I'm pretty sure it's killing some fungus. When I'm finished soaking, I slowly pour the solution into my tub and spread it around. I'm thinking about getting some apple cider vinegar to soak my feet because it's supposed to make the skin's PH more acidic, and kill fungus. Hmmm! Maybe the whole problem is a result of my PH being out of whack? That's something to think about.

3. I've thought about the probability that fungus does not live only on my feet and in my shower. It's in my shoes! It's in my socks! It's probably everywhere I go with bare feet. Therefore, I started spraying my shoes with the generic equivalent of Lysol disinfectant. It has a fungicidal chemical in it, and it's supposed to be okay to spray it in your shoes. (Don't tell anybody, but sometimes I spray it on my feet too.) I washed every sock I own, even the clean ones, in hot water, and lot's of bleach. All my socks are white, and now, they're whiter! I even washed the little rug I put in front of my bathroom sink. Maybe I should do something with the carpet in my house? It could probably use a good cleaning.

Anyway, you get the idea. I hope someone benefits from what I have written.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tom R on 12/28/07 at 01:03

Well, all I can say is that I have moved TWICE since my athlete's foot problem first arose. It's never been a big deal because I keep it under control with constant intervention. However, I take my fungus with me, and it is always there. Moreover, as far as I know, other people who have used my shower have not acquired the same problem.

A while back, my fungus started to attack my toe-nails, so I got some cream, and started to clip my nails as short as I could. It took a couple months, but I got my nails under control, too.

It just seems to me that my particular problem can best be explained as a manifestation of the same fungal infection. I really wish there was something out there that would just get rid of it, but I realize things are not so simple. First of all, medicine is, in many cases, seemingly more interested in treating symptoms than creating cures. Therefore, it is no wonder to me that athlete's foot spray doesn't actually kill athlete's foot fungus. Otherwise, why would anyone need to buy any more of it?

For similar reasons, do not expect to get definitive answers from your doctors. They are schooled in a culture within which the practice of medicine is colored by the practice of economics.

You've got an itch. So does your doctor! If you get rid of your itch, you get rid if your doctor. I might be way off, but I'd look again at the itchy spot on my heel. Is it calloused? If so, I'd remove the callous. You don't need to pay a doctor to remove a stupid callous, even if it itches.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike C on 12/27/07 at 19:39

I don;t think it is a fungus for the following reasons...

Over the past year I have moved, so I have used a different shower. Other people use my shower/ bath tube with no problems. We clean it very well. My problem is only on 1 heel, and it is not even the part that touches the ground when I walk.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tom R on 12/27/07 at 14:49

Since my last post describing how I removed the thick skin from my itchy heel, I am more convinced that my itchy heel is caused by a fungal infection. I had a few days and nights with virtually no itchiness, until Christams. I was with the family when my heel started to itch again. It was the middle of the day! I knew that night would be a bad one if I didn't do something about it.

That evening, I just clipped and sanded the dead skin from my heel. It had regenerated very quickly. Then, I read an article which claimed that over-the-counter fungal spray does not kill foot-fungus. It only weakens it. Your immune system is supposed to do the rest.

http://www.health911.com/remedies/rem_athle.htm

I took some advice from this article, and made a solution of hot water with a bit of salt, and some bleach. I soaked my heel, and slept well. As I write, my heel is itch free once again.

I'm not a doctor, and I'm not certain that my fungus theory is the only truth, but I would say theories about nerve disorders, and what-not, are bit more spurious.

I would also like to mention that my feet both appear to be quite healthy. My itchy heel appeared to be very healthy in spite of the fact that the skin was thicker than the other heel. In any case, I have no illusions about how stubborn foot-fungus is. That's why I spray my feet EVERY DAY. I've had enough experience to know that my athlete's foot will return every time I slack off, and I wholeheartedly believe it is stubborn enough to find it's way deep into my heel, and cause a maddening itch.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mary Kay on 12/27/07 at 10:22

Theresa,
I just started about 1 month ago with my right foot itching on the instep of my right heel. As I was reading your response I was wondering what the sports medicine physician prescribed for you. I am very atheletic, and I also have small feet.
Did you have a surgical procedure?
Mary Kay

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike C on 12/27/07 at 05:53

I think there are a few things going on here. I don't think we all have the same problem. Here are a few things that make us different

- having an itch on 1 heel is very different then both heels

- location of the itch, mine is on the back of the heel, the past that DOES NOT touch the ground

A few things that make us the same

- its worse at night, or when there is little to no pressure on the foot for a long period of time

- its not topical or a skin issue

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike C on 12/27/07 at 05:53

I think there are a few things going on here. I don't think we all have the same problem. Here are a few things that make us different

- having an itch on 1 heel is very different then both heels

- location of the itch, mine is on the back of the heel, the past that DOES NOT touch the ground

A few things that make us the same

- its worse at night, or when there is little to no pressure on the foot for a long period of time

- its not topical or a skin issue

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Holly F. on 12/26/07 at 22:50

I'm so glad I found this discussion! For the past three years, from about October through May I have the itchy heel problem. It is only in my right heel. I have woken up to itch my heel on the side of my bed frame, on the grate on the floor, on the rug... I have tried athletes foot spray and anti-fungal cream to no avail. Tonight, I took a callous-remover (basically a cheese-grater looking thing for feet) and have taken all the dead skin off of my heel. I now have my heel slathered in Aquaphor with a sock over it. We'll see how this goes tonight...
Only similarities to others seem to be poor diet (though I am not overweight, I eat sooo terribly!) and I am on an anti-depressant, though Zoloft, not Wellbutrin. I am not athletic, but am on my feet all day long chasing around my four kids. The fact that my heel only itches in the winter makes me think it is dry skin, but WHY oh WHY is it only the one spot year after year? I've had plantars warts and this doesn't feel like a wart...
I would love to hear how everyone else's problem is going. I'm going to the doctor finally next week. Not getting any sleep through the holiday season was just too much!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike C on 12/26/07 at 21:44

well I went to the neurolgist, he thinks its too minor to do anything about. I kind of flipped out and explained how bad it is, I even mentioned all off you. I asked him for some meds, he gave me something for cronic nerve pain and depression, it helps me sleep an entire night, but it doesnt stop the itch. Its still bad when I go to bed and when I wake up. I feel like doctors dont take it seriously because it is an itch and not pain. I feel like if I was in terrible pain I would have been taken seriously. I am at my ends... Seen 3 doctors and no one seems to care or know what it is! Please anyone!

Oh and to the person who mentioned the numbness l, have that as well, but it is only on the back of the heel where the itch is, the bottom part, that touches the ground is fine and itch free

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by ChristineN on 12/26/07 at 16:29

In my last entry, I mentioned an upcoming EMG - a test of nerve function. I had the EMG today and it was normal. The neves that lead to the heel were working fine. I have numbness in my heel in addition to the itching (which, I don't see mentioned a lot), thus the idea that nerve function was impaired. I'm getting a cervical MRI next to rule out another nerve disease. Seems like endless pursuit. I think the EMG is a good way to test nerve function, but it consists of shocks and small needles into the skin and muscle, so not a pleasant alternative. Like anything, it can help get answers. It showed there is no relationship between my lower back disc herniation surgery and the itching, which is more than I knew before. Sounds like some folks have fungus problems, but I think there are others like me who have confirmed that there is no dermatological condition and are therefore pursuing nervous system related disorders. I think it is necessary not to give general advice to cut skin off unless you are sure to mention it is for dermatological issues. For me, skin removal would do nothing. Cheers!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Valerie on 12/26/07 at 04:47

I have been kept up the last 4 nighs with itchy heels - is is driving me nuts. I have tried taking multiple benadryll just to drug myself to sleep - right now it is 2 am - I got 2 hours of sleep before I woke up with the itchy heels again. It is seeming to definitely occur mostly in the middle of the night. I can think of no changes in my diet, medications, or regime that could be causing it. I will try getting some of the otc suggestions of creams with lidocaine tomorrow and hopefully that will help. I will also talk to my doctors, but from this thread it sounds like most people didn't get many answers from their doctors. I am also a post bone marrow transplant patient so don't know if that has anything to do with anything...

This is terrible I am so upset and it only day 4 that I have been experiencing it!!!

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Tom R on 12/21/07 at 17:16

I have itchy heel, too. As described! I lost plenty of good sleep because the little worms that burrowed into my heel decided to have a sock hop in the middle of the night. I think they were rockin' to Chuck Berry on steroids, or thrusting miniature pitchforks into my itch receptors just to piss me off because I have to go to work in the morning. Therefore, I googled itchy heel, and I read this thread.

However, I cannot accept the idea that I have a nerve disorder, spinal disk herniation, or some problem that requires expensive surgery that only a specialist can perform. Hence, I took it upon myself to take a close look at my own, itchy heel.

I have a history of athlete's foot spanning nearly six years. An ex-roommate, who exercises at a local gym, where he also showers, brought it home as a special gift. I soon discovered how stubborn foot-fungus is. Therefore, I spray my feet with anti-fungal liquid EVERY DAY.

Recently, my itchy heel problem arose. At first, I got it into my head that I had contracted ringworms. It felt like worms! I've never had ringworms, but I remember how kids used to get ringworms when I was in grade school. Therefore, I looked up ringworms to see if I could figure out how to get rid of them. I learned that ringworms are not really worms. They're just a fungus. They're the same thing as athlete's foot. That's when I realized that whenever I sprayed my feet with anti-fungal spray, I had been neglecting the bottoms of my feet, particularly the heels. I had also been failing to keep my shower clean. Therefore, I changed my routine, and began to spray my whole feet, top and bottom. I started to clean my shower more frequently. Soon, my itchy heel went away.

However, a few months later, my itchy heel came back stronger. That's when I read this thread.

Firstly, I noticed that the skin on the bottom of my itchy heel (the right foot) was substantially thicker than the skin on the bottom of my other foot. Aha!

Now, I own a special pair of toe-nail clippers. They double as callous removers. You hold them like a pair of pliers, and the blades are straight across. They're made in Switzerland and you can cut a wire close-hangar with them. I have often used them to remove callouses from my feet that form below the achilles tendon.

After a long, itchy night, with several sleep interruptions, I decided that enough is enough. I took my special toe-nail clippers and started to chunk out the thick layer of skin on my itchy heel. It stretched from below my achilles tendon, all the way to the bottom of my foot behind the arch. I was amazed to discover just how thick it was. I spent nearly a half-hour chunking. Then, I took a strip of #40 grit (very rough) sandpaper to get the rest. I was amazed to find out how tough the skin on my heel is. I could have chunked and sanded all night without penetrating to the quick. After at least an hour, I finally stopped. It felt so good! The itch that seemed like it was coming from deep within my heel now seemed to be near the surface. I sprayed both my feet heavily with anti-fungal liquid, and went to bed. Unfortunately, I was awakened in the middle of the night by a violently itchy heel. It didn't work! Crap! Maybe it is a nerve problem!

Anyway, I stuck to the program. A couple days later, I soaked my itchy heel in hot water to soften the skin, and went at it with my clippers again to see if I could remove more skin layers. I got a little, but most of it was already gone. I sanded until my heel was very smooth, and starting to get a bit sore. I sprayed more anti-fungal liquid on it. It got better! I slept that night with only one interruption. A week later, after a bit more sanding, I can say with near certainty that itchy heel is nothing more more than a deep fungal infection. I spray my feet at least twice a day. I sand my itchy heel to remove the dead infected layers. I spray my shower with scrubbing bubbles, which has an anti-fungal chemical in it, EVERY DAY. THIS IS WAR! The itch is decreasing. Last night, I finally slept uninterrupted. When I awoke in the morning shortly before it was time to go to work, my heel itched, but the intensity of the itch was relatively insignificant. I scratched it with the big toe on my other foot, and went back to sleep. Yep, I ended up being late for work.

In sum, I am now nearly convinced that 'itchy heel syndrome' can be cured with a few simple steps.

1. Remove the thick layer of infected skin from your heel.

2. Kill the fungus deep in your heel.

3. Kill the fungus in your tub that you keep rubbing into your feet, with all your weight, every time you take a shower.

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Message Number 241006

Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by ChristineN on 12/18/07 at 19:49

Hello everyone, I have everything everyone else has and have had it for 2 years. I have suspected a connection with a spinal disk herniation (L5-S1) that I had operated on about a year ago, but in order to test everything, I am FINALLY seeing a neurologist and she is doing a EMG (needles detecting nerve activity) on my heel soon. My heel is quite numb all the time and itches to varying degrees in approx three month increments. I have found some relief with the 'heel pads' in my shoes. Someone mentioned they sat at a computer all day - I note that my itching started very soon after I got a 12 hour shift job at a computer. I stopped that job a couple of months ago, but haven't really noticed a change. Good luck!

Result number: 192

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike C on 12/17/07 at 20:21

Went to the doctors today. Explained what I know doesn't work, and what does work. Bascially anything that causes a little pain to my heel works, because it off sets the itch.

He said it is a neuralgia. It is heel pain. He said it might not hurt, but any sort of discomfort is a form of pain. This nerve bascially can cause an itch or a hurtful pain.

I am seeing a neurologist this week. One option is to inject some sort of drug that will kill the nerve completly, but I might lose feeling in my heel. I honestly wouldn't mind that vs the itch

I will keep everyone updated!

Result number: 193

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Chris L on 12/15/07 at 09:15

My Itchy heel problem went away...

This is the second time I have had this problem. A deep itchy feeling in one spot of my right heel with no visible signs of skin disorder. The itching usually woke me up at around 4am or 5am. This was driving me nuts. The first time, it happened a few years ago and disappeared by itself after only a few days. This time around however, it lasted well over a month. I tried everything to get rid of it, foot bath, cream, callus removal, special soles, etc. During the day, I rarely felt it, only when my feet got hot.

My itching always started by the feeling that “something” was tickling my heel, deep inside. Scratching made it go away for maybe 20 seconds and then it just kept coming back, keeping me awake. I noticed that depending on how my foot was placed, the itching could be made worst or better. I almost found an ideal position but it was not always comfortable. I also noticed that again depending on how my foot was placed, sometimes I could feel my heartbeat very clearly in exactly the same itchy spot. The heartbeat felt a bit like the itching sensation but pulsated. That made me think that the nerves in my foot were overly sensitive in that area. At 4am or 5am, your body starts to get ready to wake-up, blood pressure and body temperature change, etc In my case, I guess those changes were sufficient to trigger the nerves to go nuts.

In the end, it completely went away by itself a week ago. The only explanation I can find is that I stopped taking Tums at exactly the same time. For the last few months, I have had increasing digestive problems and as a quick fix, I started taking Tums more or less regularly (3 or 4 a day). This was obviously not a long term solution and my digestion just became worst and worst. Last week, I decided to take that problem seriously, I completely stopped taking Tums and changed my diet to something more reasonable. Heel problem is now completely gone.

This is only my experience and everyone is different but I think that in my case, this was a neurological problem and the solution is not necessarily going to be in the foot itself. Lots of things can throw your body chemistry off balance and that itchy feeling might just be the more obvious symptom.

Result number: 194

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Re: itchy left Heel View Thread
Posted by Chris L on 12/15/07 at 09:10

My Itchy heel problem went away...

This is the second time I have had this problem. A deep itchy feeling in one spot of my right heel with no visible signs of skin disorder. The itching usually woke me up at around 4am or 5am. This was driving me nuts. The first time, it happened a few years ago and disappeared by itself after only a few days. This time around however, it lasted well over a month. I tried everything to get rid of it, foot bath, cream, callus removal, special soles, etc. During the day, I rarely felt it, only when my feet got hot.

My itching always started by the feeling that “something” was tickling my heel, deep inside. Scratching made it go away for maybe 20 seconds and then it just kept coming back, keeping me awake. I noticed that depending on how my foot was placed, the itching could be made worst or better. I almost found an ideal position but it was not always comfortable. I also noticed that again depending on how my foot was placed, sometimes I could feel my heartbeat very clearly in exactly the same itchy spot. The heartbeat felt a bit like the itching sensation but pulsated. That made me think that the nerves in my foot were overly sensitive in that area. At 4am or 5am, your body starts to get ready to wake-up, blood pressure and body temperature change, etc In my case, I guess those changes were sufficient to trigger the nerves to go nuts.

In the end, it completely went away by itself a week ago. The only explanation I can find is that I stopped taking Tums at exactly the same time. For the last few months, I have had increasing digestive problems and as a quick fix, I started taking Tums more or less regularly (3 or 4 a day). This was obviously not a long term solution and my digestion just became worst and worst. Last week, I decided to take that problem seriously, I completely stopped taking Tums and changed my diet to something more reasonable. Heel problem is now completely gone.

This is only my experience and everyone is different but I think that in my case, this was a neurological problem and the solution is not necessarily going to be in the foot itself. Lots of things can throw your body chemistry off balance and that itchy feeling might just be the more obvious symptom.

Result number: 195

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by walt on 12/14/07 at 21:43

i too have the same symptoms of a deep tissue itch on my left heel right at the curve up towards my achilles tendon. often a deep hard rub into my heel temporarily alleviates the itch. i've taken a look at the shoes i wear the most & there seems to be a wear mark right where my itch occurs. the sole of the shoe right where my heel would strike the ground is also more worn out than anywhere else. i am thinking this is an inflammation of my heel tissue from being on my feet all day. not standing but walking a lot striking that same spot on my heel repeatedly. i thought it might have been my heel bone/tissue repairing itself while blood flow is best at night, indicative of warm feet. but i have nothing to substantiate that. i'll consider new shoes and or possibly orthotics to see if that helps to alleviate some of the itching over time. i'm male 40yo 120lbs. incidentally, i do cycle at least once a week. but since that is essentially zero impact, i'm not sure this would be a cause of my itchy heel. i do run also. low miles with very lightly used almost brand new running shoes. my 2 cents...

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike C on 12/11/07 at 22:07

Here is an interesting question. I only have one itch spot on my left heel. It is the size of a quater on the back part of the heel, the part that does not touch the ground. I am also left handed.

I think we realize that is it neuro related. I'm left handed and have this issue only in my left heel. Is this corrolation true with anyone else?

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Cin L on 12/11/07 at 14:02

Hello, I too suffered from itchy heels. I developed a lump on the sole of my foot which was diagnoised as plantar fibromatosis which can be associated with glucosamine/chondroitin supplements. Of course, I stopped the supplements and the itchy feet syndrome disappeared. The doctor who examined me said I had signs of thickening on both soles of the feet. Over production of connective tissue, collegen associated with taking the supplements - I don't know for sure but there does seem to a connection in my case.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike C on 12/11/07 at 05:44

I am starting to think it is RLS, After looking at all the symptons, what seemed 'normal' to me, I guess isn't. I tried a benzo at night a few days ago, what a difference that made! Perfect 8 hours, no interuptions, and more importantly, no itch. I'm going to call my doctor today.

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by Mike C on 12/10/07 at 21:54

Here is me just hoping someone has found a solution...

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Re: Itchy heel problem View Thread
Posted by BonnieZ on 12/07/07 at 15:25

Dear JoelD,
Agreed. Just venting. :-)
Always hopeful when I bought a new product. But I am sure you understand that!
Bonnie

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