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Unknown heel pain

Posted by Angel on 10/29/02 at 16:58 (098598)

For the past three days I have had a pain in my right heel- only when I flex my foot. It is increasing in sensitivity and now I cannot even touch my toes without pain (I do yoga- but worried to continue my practice). The only thing I can attribute the pain to is a pair of boots that I have been wearing often the past month, due to the shift in temperature. What might this be? Does a heel spur usually become painful only when the foot is flexed? I have a doctor's appointment scheduled, but not for a couple of days. Should I stretch it (painful) or keep it relaxed? Ice or hot bath? I'm definitely wearing my sneakers all week.

Thank you for any help you could offer.

Re: Unknown heel pain

Dr. Zuckerman on 10/29/02 at 17:28 (098601)

Hello,

This could be from your achilles tendon, plantar fasciitis or almost any tendon in your foot. Rest. use constrast baths. That is hot water for ten minutes, cold for ten minutes and then hot water. IF the pain increases try to get your appointment moved closer .

Re: Unknown heel pain

Julie on 10/30/02 at 02:09 (098642)

Angel

I'm not a doctor, but I teach yoga and will try to help you.

You will need to adapt your practice to your condition for now. Don't stretch painfully. If touching your toes, retreat from that aspect of your practice, and from any other aspects that cause pain. Bend your knees to go into forward bends, and don't take them into the pain dimension.

As long as you are attentive to what your body is telling you, then whatever style of yoga you practise, there is a great deal you can do without risking further injury.

If you practise one of the more demanding styles (Ashtanga, Iyengar) there might be difficulty if you're attending a class where you might feel bound to 'keep up'. If you can't trust yourself to go at your own pace whatever the instructions, it might be best to skip class until you are better.

See a foot and ankle specialist (a podiatrist) as soon as possible, for a full examination and diagnosis. Read the heel pain book for information about plantar fasciitis and related foot problems, and the means of dealing with them.

Good luck with your foot and your practice.

Re: Mysteriously missing words

Julie on 10/30/02 at 09:52 (098661)

That should have read (I just noticed) 'If touching your toes causes you pain, retreat from that aspect of your practice.'

Re: Unknown heel pain

Angel on 10/30/02 at 18:36 (098703)

Thank you for the yoga advice- I will do! I saw my physician today and he thinks it is tendonitis and encouraged me to flex my foot and actually stretch that area. It is a pain in an area that strongly suggests it is my tendon and not a heel spur. I will continue my practice at home, but making sure to not over due it. I appreciate the input. Namaste.

Re: Unknown heel pain

Dr. Zuckerman on 10/29/02 at 17:28 (098601)

Hello,

This could be from your achilles tendon, plantar fasciitis or almost any tendon in your foot. Rest. use constrast baths. That is hot water for ten minutes, cold for ten minutes and then hot water. IF the pain increases try to get your appointment moved closer .

Re: Unknown heel pain

Julie on 10/30/02 at 02:09 (098642)

Angel

I'm not a doctor, but I teach yoga and will try to help you.

You will need to adapt your practice to your condition for now. Don't stretch painfully. If touching your toes, retreat from that aspect of your practice, and from any other aspects that cause pain. Bend your knees to go into forward bends, and don't take them into the pain dimension.

As long as you are attentive to what your body is telling you, then whatever style of yoga you practise, there is a great deal you can do without risking further injury.

If you practise one of the more demanding styles (Ashtanga, Iyengar) there might be difficulty if you're attending a class where you might feel bound to 'keep up'. If you can't trust yourself to go at your own pace whatever the instructions, it might be best to skip class until you are better.

See a foot and ankle specialist (a podiatrist) as soon as possible, for a full examination and diagnosis. Read the heel pain book for information about plantar fasciitis and related foot problems, and the means of dealing with them.

Good luck with your foot and your practice.

Re: Mysteriously missing words

Julie on 10/30/02 at 09:52 (098661)

That should have read (I just noticed) 'If touching your toes causes you pain, retreat from that aspect of your practice.'

Re: Unknown heel pain

Angel on 10/30/02 at 18:36 (098703)

Thank you for the yoga advice- I will do! I saw my physician today and he thinks it is tendonitis and encouraged me to flex my foot and actually stretch that area. It is a pain in an area that strongly suggests it is my tendon and not a heel spur. I will continue my practice at home, but making sure to not over due it. I appreciate the input. Namaste.