View Full Version : Heel soreness

09-16-2004, 06:03 AM
After I play, usually the next morning, I have soreness in my heel. Does anyone know what might cause this and how I can prevent it? Thanks.

09-16-2004, 08:19 AM
I have the same problem. I have a ligament on the inside part of my left heel that is "collapsed", for lack of a better term. For whatever reason it becomes very tender and sore the day after I play. Some remedies are taping it "upwards" from underneath your foot. This works very well for me. I also only use Nike Tennis shoes. They seem to be the most forgiving on my heel.

Get arch supports.


The last remedy is always surgery to correct the probrlem if it continues or becomes worse. You could get lots of information on the internet about this problem.

09-16-2004, 09:00 PM
Sounds like it could be plantar fasciitis--be careful. I recently lost 9 months of playing due to a severe case and ultimately had to have a procedure called Ossatron to help heal it.

You can find a lot of info on the internet. Check out www. heelspurs.com. Try taping or over the counter arch supports to see if it helps. Stretching is helpful also. Of course, make sure you are wearing shoes that fit you well and give good support and cushioning. If you don't get relief from taping, stretching and/or inserts, I suggest seeing a good orthopedic foot specialist.

Hope this helps and good luck!

09-17-2004, 01:51 AM
Many thanks to you both. I will take steps as you suggest.

09-17-2004, 03:57 AM
Could be plantar fascitis like sportsfan said. What I found that helped me was to roll my foot on a tennis ball. This will give a great stretch. I do this before and after I play and because I am on my feet at work alot I do it there also and have been pain free. Good Luck

09-20-2004, 11:34 AM
Padding in your shoes could be getting thin. Add shoes cushions soon as possible if you keep playing. It could be stress fractures. Adding cushions has helped my feet alot.

10-07-2004, 05:45 AM
Yes I think that is a budding case of plantar fascitis.
My case was so bad that the next morning my heel
literaly felt like there was a nail in it. I would limp
for some 5-10 minutes until it loosened up. Sometimes
after just sitting watching tv for an hour and the pain
would be just like in the morning.
I tried orthotics, foot doctor, rest.
Finally took 3 months off the court for the pain to go away.
Then I bought shoes 2 sizes larger than my normal size
and loaded it up with Dr Shoals foam pads and gel pads.
These shoes felt very clumsy at first but I got used to it.
And ....
I have not had any pain now for 18 months.
Hope that helps you.

Jerry Seinfeld
10-11-2004, 10:54 AM
My severe case of plantar fascitis has been a painful battle. It hit suddenly and I am still suffering from a much more mild case.

What to do if you are suffering? Well, I did a lot of reading, medical appointments talking with PT's and internet research. Here's what I found worked best for me.

1. Buy a pair of insoles called "Superfeet". They can be found in outdoor stores, like REI in our hometown. They can also be purchased from ****. Cost is approx. $25.00 **** and $35.00 retail. They are NOT to be confused with cushioned insoles and these provide much needed extra support. After about 3 days they are quite comfortable.

2. Put your Superfeet in your slippers and sleep with them. This sounds crazy, but a PT specialist suggested and orthopedic foot cover to wear at night to keep the foot from flexing the wrong way. The Superfeet in the slippers have worked for me.

3. Fill a tennis ball jar with water and freeze. Roll your foot over this while watching television.

4. I also tried acupuncture treatments. Initially they reduced some of the pain, but in my case acupuncture wasn't effective for this ailment. Now as far as tennis elbow and back pain...it can't be beat.

Good luck!

10-15-2004, 01:43 PM
As Jerry said, ice works to help a ton ... use it after you play and 2 or 3 times a day for 10 - 20 minutes. I used a flat "lunch box" style icee that covered the length of my foot sole.

Also, what really worked for me was when I bought ankle supports from Dick's Sports for about $20.00 a piece. I still don't know why but they helped a whole lot.

10-29-2004, 08:26 PM
The SHOES are often times the major cause for heel pain (plantar fasciitis). You'll have to test several ones. Flexibility is a major problem. If they are not flexible, they pull on your heel via the plantar fascia (a large tendon in your feet), hence the pain.

I was satisfied with New Balance until I bought a pair of CT800W which really killed me for one year, until I found the problem resided with them. The soles were not flexible enough and even more didn't flex in the right places for the foot to feel well. This is very important.

I tested several shoes and in the end I found that Nike Air Oscillate (Sampras' shoes) were perfect for me, but Nike ceased to produce them. Fortunately, I still have several pairs. Also, Wilson 1240 were good too.

I also fitted them with Spenco orthotics full support (about $30). I will not play now without these, very good.

11-24-2004, 12:21 PM
Check this on Plantar Fasciitis
esp the tests to be done on tennis shoes for proper sole flexibility
first time I am able to find them ....


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