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Brand new problem and I need some advice

Posted by Kirstie on 3/11/99 at 00:00 (005444)

I never had heel pain before. Three weeks ago I caught a bad virus
and sinus infection. Midway through it, I started getting a lot of
pain in my heels - both of them! Now the illness is over, but my
heels and walking is even more painful. My doctor - regular Internist
-thinks this could just be the virus temporarily lodged in my feet and
to give it a couple of more days/week. Tonight I was so in pain
that I started searching for some information and came upon this
website (thank-you all by the way!). Has anyone heard of a virus
starting this type of heel condition? Does my walking as usual make
it worse (I wanted to keep moving - hoping to work it through - but
it hurts a lot!) And what steps should I take now? Oh and one more
question - does anyone know a good podiatrist in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
area? Thanks again

Re: Brand new problem and I need some advice

Dayna on 3/11/99 at 00:00 (005449)

Did you stop walking, were you pretty much stuck in bed? Could be your tendon and/or calf muscle tightened up from lack of use and when you started walking again it didn't relax out, it tore slightly. Try stretching and ice, read my post just below in response to symptoms for how to do that. If this is the case, stretch well and very slowly start walking again, easy does it as you want to slowly re-relax your feet, ice afterward and take an anti-inflammatory if it's really bad. Don't 'power through' the pain, pay attention to it, if it hurts slow down, but it is important to keep moving.

I've never heard of a virus causing these symptoms, not sure what your doctor is thinking. Keep us informed, we care.


Re: Brand new problem and I need some advice

Kirstie on 3/11/99 at 00:00 (005458)

Dear Dayna, Thank-you for your rapid response. I was pretty much in
bed for those weeks...but I have been sick before and never had this
happen. Also, I am an old backpacker so I am not use to having my
feet be a problem. Is cold better than the heat I have been using
(and that feels good in the spa!)?? After reading through this site
last night I tried out the stretching and massaging before I got up
today and it did help...but still pretty painful as I move around.
My doctor I think believes that given the bad virus I had, my sudden
acute pain here is not coincidental. I will also try not to 'power
through' (that is my common mode!) Thanks for caring, Kirstie

Re: Brand new problem and I need some advice

Dayna on 3/11/99 at 00:00 (005459)

Inflammation and pain respond well to ice, I find that the morning is greatly enhanced by that lovely warm water from the shower on my tight little feet. I use the ice in the evening just on the heel, while the morning heat feels good all over. I'm not saying your doctor is wrong, just that I've never heard that before.

Even if you can get back to your old self, it will take some time, be patient and keep slowly increasing your activity. As for this coming on all of the sudden, that's how my PF happened, one day the foot just 'went'. I was a chronic abuser, ran around barefoot on concrete, wore pretty shoes that made my toes and feet hurt but so what, I got away with it for a long time. Then one day the heel hurt and it didn't go away, nothing to pin it on, nothing different, it just had had enough.

If you don't improve, go back and ask for another opinion, push the doctor if you have to, and let us know how it goes.


Re: Brand new problem and I need some advice

maureen on 3/12/99 at 00:00 (005506)

That is exactly how my PF started last November. My body is quite susceptable to this kind of thing happening, as it has happened before with other joints(wrist, knee & ribs) (I call it weirdo arthritis). I just started seriously addressing the PF in the past three weeks, because it would get a little better, and then worse, but not go away. For me, it takes months usually to get over the inflamation. You may be able to summon up a better immune response and recover quicker though than I am able to. Let us know how you are doing.

Re: Brand new problem and I need some advice

Dayna on 3/11/99 at 00:00 (005449)

Did you stop walking, were you pretty much stuck in bed? Could be your tendon and/or calf muscle tightened up from lack of use and when you started walking again it didn't relax out, it tore slightly. Try stretching and ice, read my post just below in response to symptoms for how to do that. If this is the case, stretch well and very slowly start walking again, easy does it as you want to slowly re-relax your feet, ice afterward and take an anti-inflammatory if it's really bad. Don't 'power through' the pain, pay attention to it, if it hurts slow down, but it is important to keep moving.

I've never heard of a virus causing these symptoms, not sure what your doctor is thinking. Keep us informed, we care.


Re: Brand new problem and I need some advice

Kirstie on 3/11/99 at 00:00 (005458)

Dear Dayna, Thank-you for your rapid response. I was pretty much in
bed for those weeks...but I have been sick before and never had this
happen. Also, I am an old backpacker so I am not use to having my
feet be a problem. Is cold better than the heat I have been using
(and that feels good in the spa!)?? After reading through this site
last night I tried out the stretching and massaging before I got up
today and it did help...but still pretty painful as I move around.
My doctor I think believes that given the bad virus I had, my sudden
acute pain here is not coincidental. I will also try not to 'power
through' (that is my common mode!) Thanks for caring, Kirstie

Re: Brand new problem and I need some advice

Dayna on 3/11/99 at 00:00 (005459)

Inflammation and pain respond well to ice, I find that the morning is greatly enhanced by that lovely warm water from the shower on my tight little feet. I use the ice in the evening just on the heel, while the morning heat feels good all over. I'm not saying your doctor is wrong, just that I've never heard that before.

Even if you can get back to your old self, it will take some time, be patient and keep slowly increasing your activity. As for this coming on all of the sudden, that's how my PF happened, one day the foot just 'went'. I was a chronic abuser, ran around barefoot on concrete, wore pretty shoes that made my toes and feet hurt but so what, I got away with it for a long time. Then one day the heel hurt and it didn't go away, nothing to pin it on, nothing different, it just had had enough.

If you don't improve, go back and ask for another opinion, push the doctor if you have to, and let us know how it goes.


Re: Brand new problem and I need some advice

maureen on 3/12/99 at 00:00 (005506)

That is exactly how my PF started last November. My body is quite susceptable to this kind of thing happening, as it has happened before with other joints(wrist, knee & ribs) (I call it weirdo arthritis). I just started seriously addressing the PF in the past three weeks, because it would get a little better, and then worse, but not go away. For me, it takes months usually to get over the inflamation. You may be able to summon up a better immune response and recover quicker though than I am able to. Let us know how you are doing.