Post # 1
I’ve scheduled an appointment with an ortho, but it’s not until 11/6 (earliest they could get me in) so I thought I’d ask the hive if anyone’s dealt with this (or if any kind Dr. bees would help!)
I’m having pain in my right heel, and I’ve had it for months. Lately it’s gotten worse, to the point where sometimes I’m limping (I don’t notice always when I’m limping unless it’s also hurting a lot). It’s a very tight feeling, and it hurts more if I press my heel into the ground. The rest of my foot doesn’t hurt.
I normally wear flats at work, and sneakers coming into/out of work (due to the pain). I haven’t been wearing heels at all.
I also have been resting as far as exercise – I was going to the gym a few times a week, and doing Zumba 1-2 times a week (sometimes 3). I have been taking a break from the gym for about the past month.
Any advice is appreciated!
Post # 3
I don’t want to worry you, but the heel pain you’re experiencing sounds a lot like the heel pain I was experiencing a couple of years ago when I had a stress fracture. The pain was very much contained to my heel and the level of pain would fluctuate based on how much I’d been on my feet. I spent much of my time limping.
Stress fractures come from repeated stress on an area — in my case, I got a stress fracture from running. I kept running through the pain for a while because I didn’t think much of it, but then my foot started to swell up to the point where my running shoe barely fit and the pain was just too much. I also had trouble getting an appointment with an ortho, so I’d been in pain for several weeks before I was finally able to get it checked out.
I ended up in a walking boot for about nine weeks. Definitely not ideal, but it’s better than a hard cast or crutches, for sure, because I was still mobile (walking) and able to take it off for showering and sleep.
Now…that was just my experience, and that may not be at all what is up with you. Your pain just sounds so similar to mine that I thought I’d share what happened with me.
I’ll be thinking of you here in the weeks leading up to your appointment! Take it easy and try not to stress yourself out too much! Good luck hun!
Post # 4
@Gemstone: Thanks for your response! Whatever it is, I just want it to be taken care of, I haven’t realized how much it’s hurt because I guess I’ve just been living with it but it’s gotten to the point where I can’t ignore it anymore.
Post # 5
@MsYankee: Hey hun! Any updates on your heel? I hope you’re doing better!
Post # 6
The X-ray came back negative and dr said its plantar faciitis. I got a soft boot for sleeping at night and dr said lots of stretching, rest (ie no Zumba boo!) and custom orthotics but I’m holding off on those for now due to cost.
Its feeling a little better, she said it could take 6months!
Thanks for asking!
Post # 7
@MsYankee: I have on/off plantar fasciitis as well, mine is because from my knees down my legs are not aligned with my body and I have fallen arches, so my feet rock when I try to over compensate for my arches. It got so bad that I couldn’t stand.
Getting my old orthotics out really helped – keeps me from twisting my feet.
Post # 8
@MsYankee: I was going to suggest plantar fasciitis when I seen the title of your thread. Then opened it and read that’s what it was! lol I had this and it would be at its worst in the morning. It was horrible. I had it in both feet. At that time I was commuting to work and wearing flats all the time (idiot move with all the walking I did). I invested in some shoes with great support and over time it got better. I don’t deal with any pain these days. Good luck!
Post # 9
Interesting, I’ve been having this too, esp in the mornings, or when I stand from sitting for too long :/ I think I’ll try some better support or inserts from the shoe store. I have been wearing flats more due to a back injury that comes and goes-so maybe that sparked it. I have found that stretches (pulling upwards on the big toe while seated and leaning against a wall -facing the wall-w/your forearms bent against the wall, bending front knee and letting back leg stretch out behind you seems to help too). Good post.
Post # 10
@MsYankee: Ouch! I’m sorry to hear that — I have a friend who dealt with that and the pain was awful — but I’m happy to hear you’re feeling better, but I know the long recovery time stinks!
Post # 11
@MsYankee: Ooof plantar fasciitis is annoying! One recommendation- when you do go back to Zumba, look into buying a roll of KT Tape. It’s a cotton sports tape you apply a certain way yourself and it helps with pain and prevention while working out. It’s sold online or at almost any sports store.
I’m dealing with an 8 year foot battle, and I’ve dealt plantar fasciitis a lot-including right now. I can’t work out right now, but I wear the KT Tape just to deal with the pain and walk around. It works wonders for me!