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Rear of heel pain, is it Plantar Fasciitis?

Posted by Ted V. Kremer on 3/17/02 at 13:23 (076648)

All of my reading of Plantar Fasciitis has discussed the font of the heel as the souce of pain. My heel pain is in on the bottom-rear portion of the heel. Symptoms are consistent though, e.g., pain when first waking from bed, changing running form can ease some pain, etc. Additional info, I'm a fore-foot striker when I run and do NOT have high arches, in fact quite the opposite.

Can a heel spur form on the back of the heel or is it another type of injury?

Thanks,

Ted

Re: Rear of heel pain, is it Plantar Fasciitis?

DR Zuckerman on 3/17/02 at 13:40 (076650)

Can be back of the heels . This could also be the achilles tendon. What is the length and strenght of your achilles tendon. What treatments have you had.?

Re: Rear of heel pain, is it Plantar Fasciitis?

Ted V. Kremer on 3/17/02 at 17:23 (076664)

First, thank you very much for the rapid response.

I'm not sure I know how strong my achilles tendon is. I've not felt any discomfort that I can recall. I take 60 min spin classes 4-5 times a week with no problems and running causes no discomfort. I have injured both my ankles (football & climbing related) and do have on-again/off-again ankle pain and either can sprain relatively easily.

I have yet to see to a specialist. I live in Boulder Colorado and we have some amazing sports PT's here so it sounds like it might be time to bite the bullet and visit one.

I'm training for a marathon and have been training through the pain and taking advil, icing, etc. as needed for pain.

Thoughts?

Re: Rear of heel pain, is it Plantar Fasciitis?

Carole C in NOLA on 3/17/02 at 21:05 (076688)

Ted, I'm not a doctor (just another heel pain sufferer, but I am much better these days).

My pain began in the back of the bottom of my heel, just like yours. My doctor diagnosed it as heel spurs, PF, bursitis, inflammation of tendons, and more. I've found that most of the things discussed on these message boards that help PF sufferers help me too. My custom orthotics and rest have been most helpful. Gentle stretching helps too, and I do ice my feet down when I overdo and they feel inflamed. Also I'd suggest to never stand or take a single step barefoot. Read Scott's heel pain book on this website.

I am not a runner but from what I've read here, training through the pain is the worst possible thing for the kind of heel pain that you have.

Carole C

Re: Rear of heel pain, is it Plantar Fasciitis?

Ted V. Kremer on 3/17/02 at 21:41 (076698)

Carol, Thanks for the feedback. I'll read over Scott's heel pain book again and _try_ to slow the training ):

Re: Rear of heel pain, is it Plantar Fasciitis?

DR Zuckerman on 3/17/02 at 13:40 (076650)

Can be back of the heels . This could also be the achilles tendon. What is the length and strenght of your achilles tendon. What treatments have you had.?

Re: Rear of heel pain, is it Plantar Fasciitis?

Ted V. Kremer on 3/17/02 at 17:23 (076664)

First, thank you very much for the rapid response.

I'm not sure I know how strong my achilles tendon is. I've not felt any discomfort that I can recall. I take 60 min spin classes 4-5 times a week with no problems and running causes no discomfort. I have injured both my ankles (football & climbing related) and do have on-again/off-again ankle pain and either can sprain relatively easily.

I have yet to see to a specialist. I live in Boulder Colorado and we have some amazing sports PT's here so it sounds like it might be time to bite the bullet and visit one.

I'm training for a marathon and have been training through the pain and taking advil, icing, etc. as needed for pain.

Thoughts?

Re: Rear of heel pain, is it Plantar Fasciitis?

Carole C in NOLA on 3/17/02 at 21:05 (076688)

Ted, I'm not a doctor (just another heel pain sufferer, but I am much better these days).

My pain began in the back of the bottom of my heel, just like yours. My doctor diagnosed it as heel spurs, PF, bursitis, inflammation of tendons, and more. I've found that most of the things discussed on these message boards that help PF sufferers help me too. My custom orthotics and rest have been most helpful. Gentle stretching helps too, and I do ice my feet down when I overdo and they feel inflamed. Also I'd suggest to never stand or take a single step barefoot. Read Scott's heel pain book on this website.

I am not a runner but from what I've read here, training through the pain is the worst possible thing for the kind of heel pain that you have.

Carole C

Re: Rear of heel pain, is it Plantar Fasciitis?

Ted V. Kremer on 3/17/02 at 21:41 (076698)

Carol, Thanks for the feedback. I'll read over Scott's heel pain book again and _try_ to slow the training ):