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Question for the Dr.'s about PF

Posted by Sharon B. on 8/23/04 at 15:02 (158587)

My husband saw his fourth doctor last week. She told him that his orthotics (he's had this pair since March, worn them before that for about 10 years) didn't fit his arch well and that he needed new ones with more support. She said that him having the cortisone shot, inflammatory medication, icing, etc. in the past wouldn't work if he didn't have the proper arch support. She thinks he should have new ones made that fit better. Could this be a solution?

Re: Question for the Dr.'s about PF

Sharon B. on 8/23/04 at 15:09 (158588)

I also wanted to add...my husband's pain is a burning pain in his heels. Constantly 'on fire' as he calls it. We are still skeptical that it is PF.

Re: Question for the Dr.'s about PF

Ed Davis, DPM on 8/23/04 at 22:01 (158599)

When you say 'constantly,' I assume that the pain is present irrespective of time of day or activity level. If so, I would be considering entrapment of the medial calcaneal nerve.

Re: Question for the Dr.'s about PF

Sharon B. on 8/24/04 at 05:33 (158607)

It does hurt non-stop when he is at work (concrete) usually whether he is sitting or standing. Sometimes it eases off when he is at home with his feet up, sometimes it still burns, although not as bad as when on the concrete.

Would we see a neurologist or a sports injury specialist for something like this?

Thank you for the information.

Re: Heel Spur

Jessica S. on 8/24/04 at 08:59 (158612)

Good Morning,

I have been having pain in the heel of my right foot for several months now. The pain seems to be on the outer side of my foot (heel area) as well as on the instep. It really is not painful unless I am standing on it for long periods of time. Although, by the end of the day it normally hurts.

I have always had fallen arches and wore orthodics as a child. However, I have not worn them in years. I am now about 20 pounds over my ideal weight, and I did not know if that could be another factor.

If I massage the area with a lot of pressure, it is painful but also seems to temporarily relieve the tension.

Does this sound like a heel spur or something else?

I would appreciate any information that you could provide me regarding this matter.

Thank you for your time.


Jessica S.

Re: Question for the Dr.'s about PF

Sharon B. on 8/24/04 at 15:28 (158632)

My husband is home from work today with the pain so bad he cannot walk. We are seeing a sports injury orthopedic surgeon in the morning and are asking about the nerve conduction test. We may end up seeing specialists 4 hours away. Thanks for your information.