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help with foot pain - reason why no-one responded

Posted by James V on 1/27/04 at 10:49 (142955)

I posted a message in this forum on December 21 with the subject:

Diagnosing recent recurring pain in back/side of heel

I tried to put as much information in the post as possible, and I'm not sure why no-one responded to my question. I am a human being in bad pain and I need whatever help or advice might be available. If there is a problem with my message, please clarify to me how I should request help. I will repost the original message below:

Over the past two years I've been having a number of recurring foot problems, all of them usually completely unrelated to a specific acute incident, ranging in pain from mildly annoying to nearly debilitating, and ranging in location from the the center of the ball of my feet, to the meat of my ankle on top, to the heel. The symptoms come without warning and disappear after a few days to a week of rest. I am 28 years old and have been overweight my whole life which no doubt severely aggravates these problems. These symptoms originated when I was 25 and started recurring every 5 or so months unexpectedly. Now they are recurring every 2 or 3 months.

At first, I assumed it was some localized injury that would go away and not return, but at this point, I'm wondering if there isn't a more chronic and recurring problem happening. Today, I have pretty severe acute pain in my left heel, but contrary to the descriptions of the location of the pain I see on this site in conjunction with heel spurs, my pain is located not on the bottom of my foot, but on the posterior. In anatomical terms, I would put it in the area of the posterior talocalcaneal ligament. This area is extremely sensitive to touch and hurts most when walking. It doesn't seem the typical location of pain for a heel spur. Gently stretching the achilles tendon produces some dull pain during the stretch, but drastically reduces the acute pain while walking after the stretch. It is a practice I do to reduce the severity of pain, but I imagine I could also be ignorantly reinjuring something. If anyone has contrary or supporting advice or experience, I'd be glad to hear it.

Any ideas or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: help with foot pain - reason why no-one responded

Julie on 1/27/04 at 16:33 (142979)


I'm sure one of the doctors here will respond. What does your own doctor thing the problem is (I assume you have seen a doctor)?

Re: help with foot pain - reason why no-one responded

Buck T. on 1/28/04 at 10:25 (143038)

Hello James: Sorry you're having such a rough time. I didn't respond to your posts because I don't have skills to do so. Many others probably felt the same. I'sure doctors get busy and sometimes miss posts.


Re: SORRY, I am sure Dr. will get to U soon!

Tammie on 1/28/04 at 12:26 (143056)

Hi James, I to really dont have the knowledge either to help. I feel a bit un at ease giving advice as I worry I am NOT a Dr. and I dont want to hurt anyone. But I am friendly so I would like to say hello! I hope someone soon will answer your post!
Sometimes they get lost in the lines of posts so you may want to bump it again till it does get attention, as the Dr.s here are most generouse with there time and advice. Hard as know u want answers, understand that, so hopefully help will arive soon! Meantime Hello and know that most everyone here are pretty helpful if it is something they feel comfortable with!

Re: help with foot pain - reason why no-one responded

Dr. David S. Wander on 1/28/04 at 13:48 (143063)


It is not possible to provide you with a diagnosis without an examination of your foot/ankle. Specifically, in your case you describe a plethora of symptoms and pain that ranges from mild to severe. It is not the intent of this forum to provide diagnoses to patient,s that the doctors have not examined. That is simply not smart or possible. Most of the questions on this site are in response to patients that have been given a diagnosis and have had some form of treatment. Sometimes, symptoms are 'classic' and it is simple to give a patient a list of possible diagnoses or causes.

In your post, you never once stated whether you've seen any doctors or specialists for your problem. If you have, provide me with the diagnosis you were given and treatments you have tried. If you haven't been to a doctor, you are doing yourself a dis-service and should see a doctor for a proper examination and evaluation. After you've seen the doctor, I'll be happy to answer your questions.

Re: help with foot pain - reason why no-one responded

Anne D. on 2/02/04 at 08:38 (143458)


Foot pain is tough isn't it? I know the feeling as I have suffered too for 4 years. Don't be too tough on yourself about being overweight. I am not overweight and still suffer terribly. I have lots of family members that are overweight and they have no foot pain, so go figure. I think some doctors just give weight as a possible cause, when they have nothing else.

My grandmother had terrible foot problems, so I am starting to believe that part of mine is hereditary. Also, I am in sales, so I am on my feet all the time. I have been a fan of high heels for 20 years, and some say that is the cause, although others say it has nothing to do with it. So, again, go figure!

I am about 3.5 weeks post ESWT, shock wave treatment for plantar fascitis. I was pain free for about 5 days and I was sooooo psyched! I thought I had this thing taken care of. Well I had to travel a couple of times for work and my pain returned. I could cry!! I like my podiatrist and his staff and feel like they are doing their best for me, but I am about ready to go see someone different. My son goes to see a very good orthopedic surgeon, I may give him a try.

Definitely check out your insurance coverage and get yourself to a doctor. What I found was that lots and lots of people suffer from foot, heel pain. I never knew how many until I went to the doctor. So, you are definitely not alone. And it is a frustrating situation. Take control of your situation and take action. You will find some relief!

All the best
Anne D.