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heel spur trauma

Posted by Kate P on 12/04/00 at 17:27 (034152)

Dear Dr., I have rather chronic PF which I manage as we all do the best we can...The other day, I caught the bottom of my shoe and tripped. I felt unhurt until I tried to stand. The pain was as If I might have broken my heel bone or torn my achilles. I could bear no weight on it at all. Yet 24 hours later , it seemed no worse than my worse day with PF. It seems to be less tolerant to any weight bearing activities now (48 hours later). Is this a temporary excacerbation or should I be getting xrays?

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Dr. Biehler on 12/04/00 at 20:32 (034162)

You should have this checked out. You might have caused an injurry and you don't want to make it an worse than it is. Dr. B.

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Dr. Zuckerman on 12/05/00 at 09:32 (034193)

If you couldn't place weight on the foot then an examination is in order. with possible x-ray's . In the mean time rest and reduce your daily acitivity if possible. Don't go without shoes.

Dr. Z

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virginia diaz on 12/05/00 at 09:52 (034194)

Dear Dr.
I have suffered with heel pain for the past 3 yrs,used all kinds of so called cures ,spent lots of money ,still no relief.Went to a specialist who gave me injections in my heel.It worked for only 4 mths,now I'm back where I started.Pain everyday 24/7.I have to hang on the walls just to get to the bathroom in the morning.All day it's a fight just to walk a few steps.Idread it when I've satdown and have to get up.I have giving up on all hope that I will ever be able to walk again with no pain.

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Robin Ahart on 12/06/00 at 19:15 (034352)

I walk 3 to 4 times a week 30-45 minutes a day. My heels are so unbearable after that, feels like bones going through them. I am overweight, trying to exercise to keep my weight down, very irritating that now at the age of 44 I find it hard to walk yet am physically strong. Any suggestions, need them.

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Julie F on 12/07/00 at 02:49 (034379)

Hi Robin, and welcome to this website. You will find a great deal of information to help you here.

First, go to the top of the home page and click on 'The PF Book'. Print it out, and read it. It sounds from what you say as though you might have plantar fasciitis, but to be sure, you need to find a foot specialist who can evaluate you, come to a correct diagnosis, and help you get a treatment strategy in place. This could be a podiatrist, an orthopaedic doctor, or a sports medicine doctor. If you live in a city where there is a hospital with a sports medicine clinic, that would be the best best.

Meanwhile, if you are walking as much as you say, you should lay off it until you know exactly what is wrong. If it is PF, it is an injury - a tear in the plantar fascia where it inserts in the heelbone - and like any injury, it needs rest in order to heal: anything that hurts, is re-injuring it.

Do you have pain first thing in the morning on getting out of bed? That is the classic sign (though not everybody with PF has it). It could also be that the fat pad under the heel has thinned, in which case heel cushions may help. But you really need to get yourself to a foot doctor and find out exactly what is wrong. Then you will be able to help yourself with the information you will find in the PF Book and from the many people who have posted about their experiences on these message boards.

Keep reading, and do let us know how you get on.

All the best, Julie

Re: heel spur trauma

Dr. Biehler on 12/04/00 at 20:32 (034162)

You should have this checked out. You might have caused an injurry and you don't want to make it an worse than it is. Dr. B.

Re: heel spur trauma

Dr. Zuckerman on 12/05/00 at 09:32 (034193)

If you couldn't place weight on the foot then an examination is in order. with possible x-ray's . In the mean time rest and reduce your daily acitivity if possible. Don't go without shoes.

Dr. Z

Re: heel spur trauma

virginia diaz on 12/05/00 at 09:52 (034194)

Dear Dr.
I have suffered with heel pain for the past 3 yrs,used all kinds of so called cures ,spent lots of money ,still no relief.Went to a specialist who gave me injections in my heel.It worked for only 4 mths,now I'm back where I started.Pain everyday 24/7.I have to hang on the walls just to get to the bathroom in the morning.All day it's a fight just to walk a few steps.Idread it when I've satdown and have to get up.I have giving up on all hope that I will ever be able to walk again with no pain.

Re: heel spur trauma

Robin Ahart on 12/06/00 at 19:15 (034352)

I walk 3 to 4 times a week 30-45 minutes a day. My heels are so unbearable after that, feels like bones going through them. I am overweight, trying to exercise to keep my weight down, very irritating that now at the age of 44 I find it hard to walk yet am physically strong. Any suggestions, need them.

Re: heel spur trauma

Julie F on 12/07/00 at 02:49 (034379)

Hi Robin, and welcome to this website. You will find a great deal of information to help you here.

First, go to the top of the home page and click on 'The PF Book'. Print it out, and read it. It sounds from what you say as though you might have plantar fasciitis, but to be sure, you need to find a foot specialist who can evaluate you, come to a correct diagnosis, and help you get a treatment strategy in place. This could be a podiatrist, an orthopaedic doctor, or a sports medicine doctor. If you live in a city where there is a hospital with a sports medicine clinic, that would be the best best.

Meanwhile, if you are walking as much as you say, you should lay off it until you know exactly what is wrong. If it is PF, it is an injury - a tear in the plantar fascia where it inserts in the heelbone - and like any injury, it needs rest in order to heal: anything that hurts, is re-injuring it.

Do you have pain first thing in the morning on getting out of bed? That is the classic sign (though not everybody with PF has it). It could also be that the fat pad under the heel has thinned, in which case heel cushions may help. But you really need to get yourself to a foot doctor and find out exactly what is wrong. Then you will be able to help yourself with the information you will find in the PF Book and from the many people who have posted about their experiences on these message boards.

Keep reading, and do let us know how you get on.

All the best, Julie