I have been having this pain for awhile and the last couple of days it has increased. I am having heal pain that goes from the bottom of my foot up into my calf. The last couple of days it has been constant and in the shower this afternoon I got sharp pain and actually had to catch myself. I am a graduate student and employed full time so I am on my feet a lot. I am overweight and know it doesn't help. I have back/knee problems and am on a small dose of hydrocodone that isn't even touching this. At my wits end and don't know what to do.
Hi Wanderer...first of all, welcome. This site is full of people who give awesome advice, insight and support.
I guess the first thing I would ask is...have you been to a podiatrist yet for a diagnosis? Have you had any xrays, MRI etc? It sounds like you're very painful and when you live with that kind of pain in your feet all the time, it just destroys your quality of life.
Hi, you said it starts at the bottom of your heal? Because if you look at an image of how the tendons and the calf muscle are joined the fascia is at the bottom of the foot and that can get inflamed (planters fasciitis) then as it goes under the heel it connects to the Achilles' tendon, which goes up to the calf and turns into muscle from what I know.
I've had Achilles surgery. Planters fasciitis surgery too, different foot.
I would recommend icing it, anti inflammatories, and see an orthopedic dr. They've had a lot more education then the podiatrist, which is fine for some stuff.
Do you remember doing anything? Wearing different shoes? Hearing a pop?
I'd get an mri if you can. Maybe they can put you in a cam walker boot for a while. Do NOT let them inject you Achilles with steroids. Maybe get a medrol dose pack to calm it down.
Be careful with the ice, wrap a towel around it, 20 min at a time. Let us know how it goes, Cathy
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The pain got so bad I went and got checked. It is plantar fascitis, the Dr. increased my hydrocodone to 1-2 every 6 hours as needed added naproxen and told me to buy some sort of inserts for my shoes....he wrote them on my paperwork
Oh, what kind of dr did you see? You need a cam walk fast! You need to get the pressure off it quick so you can work. Plus, take a partially filled water bottle freeze it them roll it under your foot while your at your desk or sitting.
Before you get out of bed take a towel roll it up, put at edge of toes, try to stretch that bottom of foot up toward up stretching it out.
During the day, take a towel lie it on the floor, put on bare floor, put your bad bare foot obit.try to scrunch your toes up gathering the towel toward you. This is strengthening the muscle.
When your up and walking ALWAYS wear shoes even in the house, preferably new balance. I did find some luck with Birkenstocks.
This whole thing could or may have already caused a bone spur. They hurt.
Please try this. It's what they do at therapy plus more but that's all I can remember for now maybe some else will chime in. Good luck cathy
Hang in there....this will probably be an ongoing problem....I remember it being worst in the mornings...I could not walk with out hanging on to things. Cathy has good advice....there are braces you can wear at night ....I wore some heel supports with orthotics. It won't just go away.
FDL to PTT transfer, calcaneal osteotomy with medial slide & lateral column lengthening, gastrocnemius recession, first TMT arthrodesis, bone graft from calcaneus to first TMT joint.....Oofda!
Yes Cathy does give very good advice. I had plantar fasciitis in both feet (at different times thankfully) and it was relieved with Naproxen, rolling my foot on the frozen water bottle, 1 shot of cortisone to each heel (but the arch side of the heel NOT near the Achilles-don't ever get tendons injected with steroids!), and custom orthotics for my closed heel/toed shoes. They made a cast mold of my feet to make them. Best things ever, but expensive and insurance doesn't always cover them. I've had one episode to each foot and *knock on wood* none since (just a whole lot of ankle injuries). Hopefully this will take care of itself by following doctor's orders and Cathy's suggestions and you will get over it quickly. If not, see an ortho surgeon (foot/ankle, not general) and a cam walker might be good for you.
PF is a terrible, painful nuisance. I developed mine after severla ankle injuries and being NWB for several weeks. I have finally "gotten rid of it", so to speak, I dont think you ever really get rid of it! I tried cortisone shots in both feel, the left is always my bad foot, and it only worked for 2 weeks, for some people it works for month, or up to a year. In conjuntion with the PF, I also had a fracture in my foot, so the CAM boot helped alot, and the night splint helped. The stretches in the morning are a must, and the frozen water bottle is a great trick. Do alot of calf stretches, it really does help.
What heped me the most and got rid of most my symptoms are the custom fit orthodics I have, they are a god send! I also did PT, and we spent alot of time doing deep tissue massage, white the first few times were pretty painful, it was a good pain, and really helped. Also, no cheap shoes anymore. No flip flops, nothing too flat. I invested in some good shoes, and threw alway all my flip flops.
You dont want to rely on pain killers forever, and its just making your problem. You need to do things that are going to help it subside, and possible go away. It's an annoying little bugger, and takes some time and work for it to go away.
Hi, after reading thru the last several posts I wanted to reiterate the fact of finding a good orthopedic "foot and ankle" specialists.
Also the point someone made of thing out the bad shoes lol! That is so true! Lots of times this problem will pop up at the beginning of summer when folks start wearing the flip flops cuz they bend at the arch and you don't want that. You want a shoe that supports that entire arch and breaks near the toe. Like the new balance.
There is some prescription cream out there called voltaren gel it has an NSAID in it and can give you immediate relief you may want to ask for sample but if you get a script one tube last a long time.
Good luck hope the pain eases up quickly for you, cathy
I'm sorry you're being plagued with this nuisance of a problem that can be very difficult and long term to improve from. Know that this is unfortunately a very common problem so you aren't alone.
I also agree that one of the most important things you need to do is get rid of all your cheap shoes, and go to quality shoes in addition to the orthotic inserts as prescribed by the doctor. A great, quality shoe I love is Propet, and others here will have other suggestions I'm sure.
This won't get better overnight, and it will probably be a matter of figuring out a number of small things you do regularly to get eventual improvement. The other folks here have already given you many great suggestions.
It would be good for you to get connected with a good foot doctor to help you along the way, and you'll likely find you get quicker improvement of symptoms if you work with a foot doctor.