Pain in my heels

United States
September 15, 2007 11:06pm CST
I have been bothered with some intense pain in my heels now for a couple of months. My left heel hurts worse than the right one and the pain also goes up into my ankle. I have read about plantar fascitis (sp), sometimes I don't really think that is the problem. It is painful like maybe a spur. What type of dr. would I go see about this. My family doc was no help, he said arthritis is probably the cause. I would really appreciate any input from anyone who knows about this or who has also suffered from it, and what you did to find relief or heal it.
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@barehugs (8992)
• Canada
16 Sep 07
flipflops will do it every time, Get some good shoes with an arch support and throw your flipflops away. Too many women wear hi-heeled shoes. No wonder their feet hurt! If God had meant us to wear such things He would have given us horses feet.
• United States
16 Sep 07
I do wear flip flops a lot, I always have all my life, why would they start to hurt my feet now I wonder? I'll give it a try.
@naty1941 (2336)
• United States
16 Sep 07
Go to a Rheumatologist who can run x-rays and find out the cause of your problem. My mother had spurs and the family doctor was no help. She finally got x-rays and was then operated on.
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• United States
16 Sep 07
Hi. I work as a medical assistant in a primary-care doctor's office. I have seen this type of symptom many times before. What my doctor does is get x-rays first (this will tell if you have heel spurs and also confirm arthritis). Then she refers her patients to a podiatrist. Whether it's heel spurs or arthritis, a podiatrist can do a cortisone injection to relieve the pain (this will last quite a few months). In the meantime, you can take anti-inflammatory OTC medicine like motrin or alleve to help with your pain. Hope this information is helpful.
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• United States
16 Sep 07
I would go to an orthopeodic doctor as there must be some pressure on the bone to cause so much pain
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@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
16 Sep 07
I've had trouble with heel spurs. My doctor e-rayed my foot, because it was so painful to walk on it. I would be alright while I was up walking around, but if I sat down to rest, I would have trouble putting weight on my heel. My doctor recommended some stretching exercises to help stretch the achilles tendon. One was to place half of my foot on a step, and let the heel part hang off, and then lower the heel slowly, stretching it. The other exercise is to stand in front of a wall, about a foot away from the wall, and lean forward so that the ankle is bent and the whole back of the leg is stretched. Stretch one leg at a time, bending the other leg at the knee. It took me a few months to fix the heel spurs enough that I didn't have any more pain. Then I went and messed up again when I went walking and I pounded down too hard on my heels. Now, I'm more aware of the way I walk, and I try to keep myself from putting so much stess on my heels. I also use those gel inserts in my shoes. I still have some pain from time to time, but when I do, I just do the stretches, and that gives me some relief.
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• United States
16 Sep 07
My mother-in-law had a problem with her heels and she went and saw a foot care specialist about it. It was found out that she had bone spurs. So you may want to look up any foot care specialists that may be in your area, or close by.
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@GardenGerty (90178)
• Marion, Kansas
16 Sep 07
You would go to a podiatrist. I hate it. Every ache and pain I have becomes "arthritis". My doc is probably right, though, and he does run tests and take x-rays and do ultra sound tests, etc. Are you currently receiving chemo? Maybe something to do with that. I did have a pain that got a different label, I had tendonitis in my feet, but it involved the arches. I am sure that the standard advice, take anti inflammatories, and ice the sore spots. That is pretty good treatment, regardless of what is hurting you.
@spoiled311 (5502)
• Philippines
16 Sep 07
hmmm...i did have some pains on my ankles before. but they were not that intense. it just seemed like a needle was pricking the bone in my heel. then someone asked me if i walk barefoot on our concrete floor. i said yes. he/she said that the cold floor causes the pain on my heels, and that it's not really arthritis. so since then, i do not walk for long hours without slippers on. the pain did go away without any medication. but if you are experiencing intense pain, i think you should follow your doctor's advice or else find another doctor who can give a better diagnosis.
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@lilaclady (28270)
• Australia
16 Sep 07
Yes I was thinking of a spur, I can't think of anything else that would affect both feet, if it was one foot I would say maybe you have a thorn or something in it, choof off to the doctors and have it checked out, good luck.
@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
16 Sep 07
Well usually the best doctor to go to would be a foot doctor..podiatrist? But be careful of any medications that might be recommended --my foot doctor had prescribed Celebrex to me which I refused to fill out as it's in the same class as Vioxx..a med that the FDA pulled off then reinstated...as it can cause blood clots, strokes and heart attacks...uh, no thank you--I used to have a lot of pain too in my feet, but ever since I've used the natural supplements of Gluscosamine and Fish Oil pills with Omega 3 I've been great...no pain..and it's natural
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• United States
23 Sep 07
I used to take Celebrex too, vioxx once, but it made my chest hurt. I don't like those meds, they prescribed Celebrex recently again for my hubby, but he's not taking it, his mom had a heart attack from the Vioxx and the dr. says Celebrex is ok now. Why all of a sudden is it ok now? Anyway, this foot pain has been going on for awhile now, it seems to be more prominant in my left heel and ankle, if I go to the grocery store or really anywhere that I have to walk a lot, my heel feels like I have a nail in it. I'm not far off from going to see a foot doctor. I also have a bad bunion that hurts like crazy in the right foot. I'm going to tell them to knock me out and do whatever they need to to fix the both of them. So long as I don't feel any pain.
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
23 Sep 07
I wouldn't take Celebrex or Vioxx if I was offered a million dollars..I can't see how the FDA can say these meds are safe when they said they weren't--doesn't make sense Gee, can your hubby's mom sue since the med did trigger a heart attack?
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@carissa765 (1098)
• United States
16 Sep 07
I have had this problem before, and went to see the family doc, he sent me to the podiatrist. I could not afford the surgery that they wanted me to have for it, so I was just really easy on my feel for a while that worked, then there was all kinds of padding and inserts in the shoes, and then I just had to go have it fixed. I would recommend getting it fixed rather soon, as it is very painful.
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• United States
16 Sep 07
You said you went and had it fixed, did you mean surgery? If so what type of surgery and what did they do? Did you have heel spurs?
• United States
18 Sep 07
I had that problem and I went to the podiatrist. She gave me something to put in my shoes and it worked.
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@mamasan34 (6522)
• United States
24 Sep 07
A podiatrist is your best bet, they take care of everything regarding the foot and ankle. I have plantar fascitis and it does hurt like the dickens and I have them in both of my feet. It feels like I have hot pokers going through my heels in the mornings when I get up and it subsides the longer I am on my feet. Ask your family doctor to give you a referral to a podiatrist because the pain still persists. It sounds like your doctor doesn't listen to you. I would consider finding someone who does.