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Left Heel Pain

Posted by Kathleen on 1/14/01 at 07:12 (036586)

I have serious problems with my back sue to injuries incurred two years ago and also ten years ago. I have now developed severe pain in my left heel region. It was suggested that I may have heel spurs. I can not have exrays taken until the end of the month and would like to know what I can do myself to self treat while I await to see a doctor. I can barely walk in the morning when I first get out of bed. I have been massaging heel and using hot water baths. Any further help regarding this ? Thank You very much. (I am 52) Kathleen

Re: Left Heel Pain

Dr. Zuckerman on 1/14/01 at 07:32 (036588)

Hi,

Early treatment is the cure for heel spur pain. Never try to walk thru the morning pain. Stretch the foot out before getting up in the morning.
Good shoes with a stiff shank (arch) are very important. Don't wait until the end of the month get treatment and see a doctor now.

Heat and massaging the area stimulate blood flow to the area.

And last but not least read the online book on heelspur pain.

Re: Left Heel Pain

debbie on 1/14/01 at 10:55 (036594)

why do you say to 'not walk thru the pain?' i have tried walking it out, and also stretching it out, they both have the same effect.

Re: Left Heel Pain

Dr. Zuckerman on 1/14/01 at 17:27 (036602)

Walking thru the pain with plantar fascia can tear the fibers that the plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone. It would be like raising a torn rotator shoulder cuff above your head . Would you even think of doing that

Re: Left Heel Pain

lenore r on 1/14/01 at 19:54 (036610)

what whould you suggest if there is constent pain even after streching. we hhave to walk some time!! the only difference i can see is not screaming as i take those first few steps but the pain is always still there.

Re: Left Heel Pain

Dr. Zuckerman on 1/14/01 at 23:04 (036623)

Heat, taking a NSAID before going to bed. I would look into nite splints.
Get shoes on before you take a first step. A boot cast until you get to heat .

How long has this been going on for??

Re: Left Heel Pain

lenore r on 1/15/01 at 15:18 (036644)

not allowed to take nsaid anymore they put me in hospital with intestinal bleeding have tried night splint and cam walkers and have my shoes always by the bedside. had the surgery in sept and felt fine for a few weeks but now i am back to being in constent pain . this has been going on for 31/2 years now. right now im in pt and have been for the last 4 weeks. i wish i could say it was working but.... i have an appointment next month with a foot and ankle ortho. specialist. i was told to bring all films not reports from all the test i have had. so till then i just walk around in pian and take my pain meds. welcome any suggestions :o) thanks

Re: Left Heel Pain

Dr. Zuckerman on 1/14/01 at 07:32 (036588)

Hi,

Early treatment is the cure for heel spur pain. Never try to walk thru the morning pain. Stretch the foot out before getting up in the morning.
Good shoes with a stiff shank (arch) are very important. Don't wait until the end of the month get treatment and see a doctor now.

Heat and massaging the area stimulate blood flow to the area.

And last but not least read the online book on heelspur pain.

Re: Left Heel Pain

debbie on 1/14/01 at 10:55 (036594)

why do you say to 'not walk thru the pain?' i have tried walking it out, and also stretching it out, they both have the same effect.

Re: Left Heel Pain

Dr. Zuckerman on 1/14/01 at 17:27 (036602)

Walking thru the pain with plantar fascia can tear the fibers that the plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone. It would be like raising a torn rotator shoulder cuff above your head . Would you even think of doing that

Re: Left Heel Pain

lenore r on 1/14/01 at 19:54 (036610)

what whould you suggest if there is constent pain even after streching. we hhave to walk some time!! the only difference i can see is not screaming as i take those first few steps but the pain is always still there.

Re: Left Heel Pain

Dr. Zuckerman on 1/14/01 at 23:04 (036623)

Heat, taking a NSAID before going to bed. I would look into nite splints.
Get shoes on before you take a first step. A boot cast until you get to heat .

How long has this been going on for??

Re: Left Heel Pain

lenore r on 1/15/01 at 15:18 (036644)

not allowed to take nsaid anymore they put me in hospital with intestinal bleeding have tried night splint and cam walkers and have my shoes always by the bedside. had the surgery in sept and felt fine for a few weeks but now i am back to being in constent pain . this has been going on for 31/2 years now. right now im in pt and have been for the last 4 weeks. i wish i could say it was working but.... i have an appointment next month with a foot and ankle ortho. specialist. i was told to bring all films not reports from all the test i have had. so till then i just walk around in pian and take my pain meds. welcome any suggestions :o) thanks