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Old 12-16-2012, 03:22 PM   #1
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mystery heel pain

2yrs ago diagnosed with plantar fasciitis in both feet...I was given orthotics and healed within weeks...a year passes and heel pain comes back in right foot only
after plasma/cortisone injections failed over the course of months I had the surgery..endoscopic release...

right at the time of surgery I felt my left heel going bad as well

surgery was in July of 2012 fasciitis pain in right heel cured

new problems, BOTH heels start of feeling kinda spongy in the morning ..as I walk/stand as my work day goes on . My heels begin to burn, more and more until it's full blown pain..making it unbearable to walk...at this point over the last 6 months I can't be on my feet for more than 30minutes without being in overwhelming pain.

been to 2 podiatrists so far
I've received ultrasound/anodyne/more cortisone/ new orthotics/lots of athletic taping/ anti inflammatory meds/ percosets/ ice /rest/heat/ epsom salts/stretching

and the last 3 weeks I had a cast/walking boot(right foot only)...I quit weightlifting/exercise/took the 3 weeks off of work...I took the boot off yesterday and my right feels exactly the same as it did before

so I'm going to cleveland clinic podiatrist this Tues. instead of these little private practice docs I've been going to

my guess is maybe nerve problems?

 
Old 12-16-2012, 03:25 PM   #2
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Re: mystery heel pain

oh ya, my hands typically go numb every night I sleep for the last couple years too...went to a doctor for that, he didn't want to do any testing, just asked when we were doing surgery...so I never went back

 
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Re: mystery heel pain

If the heel pain persists I would try to get in with a Board Certified orthopedist. I've heard a lot of people on these boards say to stay as far away from podiatrists as you can.

If you are having numb hands as well, that sounds like something in the spinal cord. But I'm not a doctor!

I don't know what could be causing the pain, but my recommendation would be to find an orthopedist rather than podiatrist.

 
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Re: mystery heel pain

Hey there Foot! Sorry to hear you're in pain. I think you're making a good choice with the Cleveland Clinic. I am Ohio but have never personally gone to them. I am just a bit too far from Cleveland. There are several factors that could be causing your heel pain. Like you said you had before, the plantar faciaitis, could be a bone spur on your heel, a tight achilles tendon, etc.... I hope you find some results from your next visit.
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Old 12-19-2012, 01:38 PM   #5
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Re: mystery heel pain

well went to the cleveland clinic podiatry/orthopedic dr. yesterday...basically told me there's no explanation for the pain...now I'm getting sent to pain management, I guess I'll be come a drug addict now...super depressed is an understatement

 
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Don't give up foot. Where does your foot hurt? Took me months to figure out my issue. Where in Ohio are you? I see dr.brian Zimmerman in Ashlan/Mansfield area
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Re: mystery heel pain

Hi from another newbie here. I'm 3+ decades out from mal-united triple arthrodeses (both feet) & 10 years out from 2 failed revisions of my right foot (1 at Cleveland Clinic, 1 at Akron General/Crystal Clinic), so at this point, I have no trouble with podiatrists or surgeons not believing me about problems. They're mostly amazed I'm still walking I'm currently 6 weeks out from hardware removal of some of the bits & pieces from my triple arthrodesis on the left foot & a gastrocnemius recession at Cleveland Clinic Avon (Dr Cann, probably the busiest podiatric surgeon on the far west side of town). I have a coworker with some of the same problems as yours, and she just got the recommendation to go to pain management from Cann. (she isn't happy, either).

Don't know if you're on my geographic side of the huge world of the Clinic, but I'd type "AOFAS" into the search engine. This will get you a list of orthopedic surgeons board-certified in foot & ankle surgery, and you can limit by state. I recommend this because you may have exhausted the knowledge base of your podiatrists. If you stay in the Clinic system, while Dr. Donley is good, he just became president of Lakewood Hospital, so may or may not be taking appointments. The surgeon who messed up my first revision is no longer in the Clinic system. I also have to give a thumbs-down to Gordon Bennett at Akron/Crystal Clinic - Dr. Donley's mentor and the surgeon who messed up my second revision. It may not be possible to ever fix my right foot, but I found the after-care seriously lacking. Good luck.

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Wow olevia! You've been through hell and back. Im about to undergo a revision on a subtalar arthrodesis that was broken during pt. oh joy!
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Re: mystery heel pain

Hey Foot, I would definitely get help short term to get your pain to a manageable level, but don't give up. Someone out there can help you. Just keep asking , digging and researching. Keep the faith.
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LadyKanner, thanks! I'll intro myself in a new thread soon with more detail. Just wanted to give TheFoot some local support, since I have spent a lot of time in the Clinic system.

 
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Oh, and TheFoot, I had good luck a number of years back with one of the pain management docs at Cleveland Clinic when I started having back problems that are related to complications of the malunion of both my feet. I had had a small degree of scoliosis as a teen, and I inherited my mom's "swayback" as well.

Dr. Berenger sent me for an MRI, which revealed some spine degeneration in both my neck & lower spine. He then sent me for aquatherapy & regular PT. No drugs involved in my case. I hadn't seen an orthopod for my back, and I was really looking for someone who could see more of the whole picture. I think I made the right call, though I would also still seek out an orthopod too if I were you.
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Re: mystery heel pain

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Oh, and TheFoot, I had good luck a number of years back with one of the pain management docs at Cleveland Clinic when I started having back problems that are related to complications of the malunion of both my feet. I had had a small degree of scoliosis as a teen, and I inherited my mom's "swayback" as well.

Dr. Berenger sent me for an MRI, which revealed some spine degeneration in both my neck & lower spine. He then sent me for aquatherapy & regular PT. No drugs involved in my case. I hadn't seen an orthopod for my back, and I was really looking for someone who could see more of the whole picture. I think I made the right call, though I would also still seek out an orthopod too if I were you.
Good luck!
The pain management dr. I'm supposed to see is berenger from the clinic, probably the same guy? I also went for a check up with my cardiologist yesterday, and he wants to help me as well...he wants me to see some doctors that he feels can help solve my problems...
so I feel a little hopeful

thanks for the replies

 
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Re: mystery heel pain

If someone dismissed my situation with just pain management, I would walk out and find another specialist. What we go through is too painful, but to act as though there aren't answers out there is crazy. It might take another MRI or another 2-3-4 more doctors to sit down with you, but you will find the answer.

You might have a nerve entrapment or maybe a spring ligament tear. Look into cryosurgery or topaz. I wish you all the best!!! xoxo

 
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Old 12-25-2012, 11:49 AM   #14
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Re: mystery heel pain

well pain management Dr. prescribed neurontin for nerve pain, possible neuropathy...going to main campus at clinic for a biopsy of skin in my heel and some kinda test where i guess they put pins in your nerves and zap em with electricity...not for another 3 weeks though on Jan 21...so hopefully in the meantime this neurontin helps??

 
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The Foot - best of luck. I already knew what was wrong when I referred myself to pain management. I definitely agree that you need to know what exactly is wrong, and finding yourself a doctor who is genuinely interested in finding out is what you need.

You're having an EMG - I've had a few of those myself. Not pleasant tests, but if it helps your doctor or doctors find out what's happening, then it will be worth it. I've not taken Neurontin, so can't help you there.)


(and sorry, Moderator2. I put the town names - NO streets - in because Cleveland Clinic is an enormous operation. There are Cleveland Clinic offices all over NE Ohio, and even Florida & the Middle East.)

 
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