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Lateral side of heel pain

Posted by shirlzo on 3/21/05 at 17:42 (171734)

I have pain on the lateral side of my heel. I am 43, 5'3' female with hypothryoidism ( on synthroid) and depression (on zyprexa). It is slightly worse when I do a step aerobic class once a week. My primary care physician said to just wait and see if it worsens. I can self refer myself to a physical therapist. Would this be helpful? or should I go back to my doctor and ask him to refer me to a specialist? I wear aerobic shoes or go barefoot 95% of the time.

Thanks in advance.

Re: Lateral side of heel pain

Julie on 3/22/05 at 02:00 (171744)

It would be best for you to ask to be referred to a podiatrist (foot specialist). A good one should give a thorough examination, including an evaluation of the way you stand and walk, diagnose the likely cause of the pain so that treatment can address the cause.

You can read the heel pain book on this website, an excellent source of information (but not a substitute for professional medical care).

And you should consider laying off the step aerobics, which may be the cause of your problem. Whatever the problem plantar fasciitis or a stress fracture, or some other problem, weight-bearing, impact exercise is not helping. For a 'substitute' cardiovascular exercise, swimming is ideal.
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Re: heel pain

Corine M on 3/25/05 at 13:19 (171958)

I have such pain in the heels of my feet that I can't hardly walk. I get cramps in my toes and than a sharp pain runs thru my whole foot. But major of the pain is in my heels. What could this be. I have an appointment later this month with my family doctor, due to my insurance I have to see him before I can see a podiatrist. could u plz tell me what I can do to help the pain in my feet until my doctors appointment. Plz help

thanks,
Corine

Re: heel pain

Ralph on 3/25/05 at 13:41 (171960)

My best answer for you would be to read the heel pain book on this site from start to finish. It will provide good information, conservative treatment that you can try and help you formulate a list of questions that you may want to ask your doctor.

It's probably the best 'free' thing that you can do for yourself and your condition.