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Pain in both heels

Posted by Robert H. on 1/18/03 at 14:15 (105814)

In my work I am on my feet 8 hours per day on hard floors. For the last couple of months I have been having pain starting at the bottom of the heel and extending up the back of the heel. It almost feels like it is in the bone of the heel. When I am off my feet for a weekend they are much better. I have been rubbing with Myoflex Extra Strength which may give some relief, but does not help too much. When I sit and relax my anckles get stiff and it makes walking difficult and painful until I am on my feet for a few minutes then they become more limber. I am climbing ladders at work and there are a lot of stairs in my home, both of these seem to agrivate the situation. I have not been to the family physician as yet, but, was wondering if you had any suggestions.

Re: Pain in both heels

Dr. Z on 1/18/03 at 17:28 (105832)

Read the heep pain book . See a podiatrist and skip the family doctor . Early treatment is the key. It sounds like either achilles tendonitis and or plantar fasciitis

Re: Pain in both heels

Julie on 1/19/03 at 02:49 (105887)

Robert

You'll find the heel pain book a helpful source of information. Click on the blue link right here.

Be very careful at work, especially when climbing ladders. Pain can disrupt your sense of balance.

Standing on hard floors is one of the main causes of plantar fasciitis and other foot ailments. If you can get switched to sit-down duties for a time, it would be a big help.

If your ankles stiffen during sitting, you'll find that the pain can on first standing up can be lessened by doing a few simple exercises before you get up. The simple Yoga foot exercises (click on the blue word) are the sort of thing I mean.

As Dr Z says, see a podiatrist (foot doctor) as soon as possible. Your family doctor is unlikely to have much specialised knowledge of feet, so don't waste time: you need a full examination and diagnosis, and a treatment programme tailored to your needs.

Re: Pain in both heels

Dr. Z on 1/18/03 at 17:28 (105832)

Read the heep pain book . See a podiatrist and skip the family doctor . Early treatment is the key. It sounds like either achilles tendonitis and or plantar fasciitis

Re: Pain in both heels

Julie on 1/19/03 at 02:49 (105887)

Robert

You'll find the heel pain book a helpful source of information. Click on the blue link right here.

Be very careful at work, especially when climbing ladders. Pain can disrupt your sense of balance.

Standing on hard floors is one of the main causes of plantar fasciitis and other foot ailments. If you can get switched to sit-down duties for a time, it would be a big help.

If your ankles stiffen during sitting, you'll find that the pain can on first standing up can be lessened by doing a few simple exercises before you get up. The simple Yoga foot exercises (click on the blue word) are the sort of thing I mean.

As Dr Z says, see a podiatrist (foot doctor) as soon as possible. Your family doctor is unlikely to have much specialised knowledge of feet, so don't waste time: you need a full examination and diagnosis, and a treatment programme tailored to your needs.