Re: Bad Heel Pain, back related?
Heel pain is tricky to diagnose...especially with ongoing back problems, like you have. It's possible that it's connected to your back issues...but then again, it could also be a case of plantar fasciitis, too. Do you have flat feet? Do you pronate more than usual? Is the heel pain more prevalent first thing in the morning, right when you get out of bed? If the answer to any of these are "yes", it's probably PF. Have you seen a podiatrist? If the heel pain is not something nerve-related with your back, you should definitely do some calf stretches and ice it. Take a bottled water and throw it in the freezer, then roll your foot (applying slight pressure) on the frozen bottle of water for 10 minutes. Not only do you get the benefit of ice to bring down the inflammation, but the rolling effect massages the tissue, similar to trigger point therapy. Do an internet search on plantar fasciitis, and you'll get loads of information, ranging from symptoms to stretching and treatment options. I have PF and a heel spur as a result of it...so believe me, I understand and can totally relate to the pain you're feeling. It sucks when both your back AND feet hurt.
Last edited by nscrbug; 11-07-2008 at 12:31 PM.