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Heel pain so bad can't walk in the morning

Posted by Mary on 10/04/01 at 20:25 (062258)

Dear Sir:
I work in a hospital as a nursing assistant, and am on my feet alot. I started having real bad pain in my left heel, if I bent my foot up and turned the ankel to the left I could feel pain in the heel. And when I'm off the foot for a long period of time, and go to get up I can't hardley walk on the foot at all I walk with a limp I've tried heat and cold, and never really had this problem till just resently. Could you please tell me what you think the problem might be?

Sincerley Yours

Mary

Re: Heel pain so bad can't walk in the morning

Dr. Zuckeman on 10/04/01 at 20:55 (062261)

This is the classic type of foot/heel pain that comes with either plantar fasciitis and or heel spur pain. Eary treatment and professional evaluation is very important. in the mean no bare feet. Read and educate yourself . This is a very good site. Rest, gentle stretching and most important go to see a foot specialist to get an x-ray and complete foot and ankle evaluation. Also take a look at your shoes . They could be part of your problem if they need replacement. Take action before this becomes a chronic problem

Re: Heel pain...who to see Orthopedist or Podiatrist?

Barbara M on 10/06/01 at 18:35 (062404)

Hi Doctor,

For about four weeks I've been having pain in the left heel, some days it doesn't hurt as badly as other days, especially if I wear heel inserts..Today has been an unusally painful day, and I really feel I need to see a specialist and will do so....Question: Should and appointment be made with an orthopedist or podiatrist? And in the mean time, can I take anything or do anything to help relieve the pain?

Re: Heel pain...who to see Orthopedist or Podiatrist?

Ed Davis, DPM on 10/08/01 at 22:14 (062507)

Barbara:

It definitely helps to get started on treatment soon--easier to cure if the condition does not have a chance to get too bad. Limiting activities is one thing to doe for temportary relief. Use of an OTC anti-inflammatory drug such as Alleve can help provided you have no stomach problems and are not on blood thinners. Also use of ice can help.

There are orthopedic surgeons who subspecialize in foot problems. Nevertheless, podiatrists are the only specialists trained exclusively in the treatment of foot and ankle problems and can generally provide you with more options. I am of course, a podiatrist, and am biased. You won't see orthopedic surgeons answering questions, donating their time on this message board.
Ed

Re: Heel pain so bad can't walk in the morning

Dr. Zuckeman on 10/04/01 at 20:55 (062261)

This is the classic type of foot/heel pain that comes with either plantar fasciitis and or heel spur pain. Eary treatment and professional evaluation is very important. in the mean no bare feet. Read and educate yourself . This is a very good site. Rest, gentle stretching and most important go to see a foot specialist to get an x-ray and complete foot and ankle evaluation. Also take a look at your shoes . They could be part of your problem if they need replacement. Take action before this becomes a chronic problem

Re: Heel pain...who to see Orthopedist or Podiatrist?

Barbara M on 10/06/01 at 18:35 (062404)

Hi Doctor,

For about four weeks I've been having pain in the left heel, some days it doesn't hurt as badly as other days, especially if I wear heel inserts..Today has been an unusally painful day, and I really feel I need to see a specialist and will do so....Question: Should and appointment be made with an orthopedist or podiatrist? And in the mean time, can I take anything or do anything to help relieve the pain?

Re: Heel pain...who to see Orthopedist or Podiatrist?

Ed Davis, DPM on 10/08/01 at 22:14 (062507)

Barbara:

It definitely helps to get started on treatment soon--easier to cure if the condition does not have a chance to get too bad. Limiting activities is one thing to doe for temportary relief. Use of an OTC anti-inflammatory drug such as Alleve can help provided you have no stomach problems and are not on blood thinners. Also use of ice can help.

There are orthopedic surgeons who subspecialize in foot problems. Nevertheless, podiatrists are the only specialists trained exclusively in the treatment of foot and ankle problems and can generally provide you with more options. I am of course, a podiatrist, and am biased. You won't see orthopedic surgeons answering questions, donating their time on this message board.
Ed