Post # 1
Anyone else (particularly those of you who are still working out regularly) experienced some weird heel pain? I’ve been getting a weird pulling sensation in the bottom of my right heel- it almost feels like a cracking and breaking but deep inside- that travels up to my ankle. It’s been happening for a couple weeks now, and it seems to happen more when I have been on my feet a lot., particularly after a long walk or jog.
I’m a little worried its the start of plantar fasciitus, maybe brought on by the pregnancy weight gain. Anyone have any experience with this or anything similar?
Post # 3
Hmm maybe a stress fracture that has been in the works for a long while? When is the last time you replaced your shoes? Unless you’ve gained a TON of weight, I doubt it’s due to the baby.
Post # 4
Heel pain is very common in pregnant women.
Over-pronation is a very common foot problem experienced during pregnancy. Over-Pronation, also referred to as flat feet, is caused when a person’s arch flattens out upon weight bearing and their feet roll inward when walking. This can create extreme stress or inflammation on the plantar fascia, the fibrous band of tissue that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Over-pronation can make walking very painful and can increase strain on the feet, calves and/or back. The reason many pregnant women suffer from over-pronation is the added pressure on the body as a result of weight gain.
There are effective ways to treat over-pronation during pregnancy. Over-Pronation can be treated conservatively with “ready-made” orthotics. These orthotics should be designed with appropriate arch support and medial rearfoot posting to correct the over-pronation. Proper fitting footwear is also very important in treating over-pronation. Choose comfortable footwear that provides extra support and shock absorption. It is important to treat over-pronation for pain relief but also to prevent other foot conditions from developing such as Plantar Fasciitis, Heel Spurs, Metatarsalgia, Post-Tib Tendonitis and/or Bunions.
First step- see a doctor or a physiotherapist to confirm the diagnosis.
Post # 5
I’d definitely look into getting off the shelf orthotics and wearing them with properly fitting gym shoes whenever possible. It could be the start of plantar fasciitis, posterior tibial tendonitis, or like julies1949 said, painful pronation. but this doesn’t just go away. I’m an Orthotist (orthotic devices are braces for any part of your body not just your feet) and generally recommend going to your local running store to buy some vs the gellin’ ones. Might be a little more expensive ($50ish) but much cheaper than custom ones from me.
Post # 6
Thanks for the advice, ladies. Just hearing that it’s not happening to everyone makes me think I should make an appointment with my regular doctor to get this checked out.
I’ll definitely look into orthotics too, @H2MrsDj. I’ve been wearing the new balance minimus sneakers with the vibram sole; maybe it’s time to switch back to something with more support for the rest of this pregnancy.