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Heel spur and complications

Posted by Rene on 9/04/01 at 22:58 (059058)

I used to do step aerobics regularly 5-6 days a week, 1 hour a day. About a year from when I first started, I began to feel pain in my heel. It got so bad that I finally went to the my primary care doctor about it. He told me that I had a spur and he showed me the x-ray. Ugly little thing!! The pain was tremendous, he then gave me a cortizone shot. Not too many problems after that!! About ten months later, the pain came back, well, I hated the cortizone shot so I waited to go until I couldn't even walk on the leg without limping. Finally got the shot. That one only lasted about eight months. Then the same thing all over again! Went for shot number three, that one lasted five months. During this time, my exercise decreased drastically, and I put on about ten pounds. Then, while I was walking, or should I say limping around waiting to get my primary to refer me to a foot doctor, I pushed off the foot and felt this unbelieveable pain and couldn't walk on the foot at all!! Went to foot doctor and he told me that I partially tore the ligament from the spur, which is what they do in the operation, and that I needed to get hard plastic inserts and do streching and the pain would go away after a few weeks of healing time. Well, after all that, I have to admit, I didn't work out much at all. I'm so afraid of hurting my foot. Total weight gained 15 pounds!! Very depressing!! Now, like and idiot, I decided to quit smoking. I did it, but I've since put 15 pounds on top of the 15 pounds that I already needed to loose. Very mad at myself and upset considering I used to be so fit!! Well, I've recently started walking for an hour a day. About 3 weeks into my walking, my foot began to tingle and go numb. Starts in the last two toes, into the arch, and then on up the calf if I don't slow down. When I slow the walk and pick the foot up a bit, it goes away, but as soon as I get into it again it starts. This normally occurs after I've been walking for about 1/2 hour 45 mins. I've been stretching before and during my walk, but my entire calf area continues to feel really, really tight and doesn't ever feel totally loose. Both calf muscles are really tight and the numbing is on the foot with the spur. Do I have Tarsel Tunnel now (my symptoms seem so?)???? Is it because of this darn spur??? Or, is it because of the weight gain? Does anyone have any advise for me on what this is and what I should do? I mean, I have to get some exercise or I'll be huge!! Please let me know what you think!!! Very afraid to seek out foot doctor at this point!!

Re: Heel spur and complications

Carmel M on 9/06/01 at 09:18 (059212)

Hi Rene,

I see no one has responded to your post. Welcome to the board and I'm sorry to hear of your pain.

I have 'regular' PF, if you can call it that. So some of the symptoms you described I can't help you with. You might have better luck with responses if you repost this on the Ask the Doctors message board or Treatments/Symptoms/Products message board. Where you have posted your queston (heelpsurs.com message board) is for questions regarding this web site.

I hope this helps you and good luck finding the answers you need.

Carmel

Re: Heel spur and complications

JeanB on 9/06/01 at 14:10 (059243)

Biking and swimming are two forms of exercise that do not seem to aggravate my Plantar Fasciitis. Numbness and tingling are nothing to mess around with--see a doc immediately. They will refer you to a specialist that does Nerve Conduction tests--there are tests that are specific for Tarsel Tunnel Syndrome. The tests are somewhat uncomfortable as they send electric impulses along your nerves are record response times. It feels like an electric 'banging' in your foot. And when they test the calf muscle, the electrode (needle) is placed in the muscle and although it didn't make me cry, it sure made me wince. Good luck.

Re: Heel spur and complications

Rene on 9/06/01 at 14:45 (059247)

Thank you.

Re: Heel spur and complications

Carmel M on 9/06/01 at 09:18 (059212)

Hi Rene,

I see no one has responded to your post. Welcome to the board and I'm sorry to hear of your pain.

I have 'regular' PF, if you can call it that. So some of the symptoms you described I can't help you with. You might have better luck with responses if you repost this on the Ask the Doctors message board or Treatments/Symptoms/Products message board. Where you have posted your queston (heelpsurs.com message board) is for questions regarding this web site.

I hope this helps you and good luck finding the answers you need.

Carmel

Re: Heel spur and complications

JeanB on 9/06/01 at 14:10 (059243)

Biking and swimming are two forms of exercise that do not seem to aggravate my Plantar Fasciitis. Numbness and tingling are nothing to mess around with--see a doc immediately. They will refer you to a specialist that does Nerve Conduction tests--there are tests that are specific for Tarsel Tunnel Syndrome. The tests are somewhat uncomfortable as they send electric impulses along your nerves are record response times. It feels like an electric 'banging' in your foot. And when they test the calf muscle, the electrode (needle) is placed in the muscle and although it didn't make me cry, it sure made me wince. Good luck.

Re: Heel spur and complications

Rene on 9/06/01 at 14:45 (059247)

Thank you.