Heel pain

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  1. ChrisNC

    ChrisNC Semi-Pro

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    I'm not sure what in the world I did, but my heel is really painful. Monday night, after running for a ball, my heel just shot up with pain. It subsided and I was able to play the rest of the night. But, when I got home and took my shoe off, it seemed to get worse and I even had trouble walking much.

    Now, 2 days later, it's quite painful to walk on. Every time I pull up that foot and my heel hits the back of my shoe, it hurts. If I put any pressure on the heel, it hurts. Sitting here, I'm barefoot, and if I point my foot upward, it hurts.

    The pain is on the very back of the heel, at the top.

    Thoughts?

    I tried to get an appointment with my PCP, but he doesn't have an opening this week where I don't already have a meeting. I tried the standard NSAIDs, but they don't help the pain at all.
     
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  2. SystemicAnomaly

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    On 2nd thought, if the pain subsided & you were able to continue play then it might be an Achilles tendinitis or something else.
     
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  4. Topaz

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    Also look up plantar fasciitis.
     
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  5. Bodacious DVT

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    i dont know about this one, it sounds like its too far back/top of the heel. PF usually affects the bottom/front of the heel to the balls of the feet
     
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    I have this. It's Achilles tendonitis as mentioned above. The solution is to do calf stretches. If it is Achilles tendonitis then you should feel a slight burn in the back of the heel when you do a calf stretch bringing your big toe to your shin.

    I feel your pain.
     
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  7. Topaz

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    Ah yes, the location does seem to be a bit different from plantar fasciitis, though I've read that the two (PF and achilles tendinitis) can be related.
     
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    Stretch it, ice it, and perhaps some anti-inflammatory if pain still persists. I would check with a doctor though just to make sure nothing more serious is developing.
     
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    It is probably not uncommon to have 2 related problems with the feet and lower leg. My own problems with the right Achilles tendon was probably related to the over-pronation of my feet. This appears to be a common cause or factor for developing tendinitis or tears in the Achilles. I also have bone spurs (heel spurs & possibly ankle spurs) from an old injury that could very well have been a contributing factor.

    Good idea to have your feet checked by a foot specialist to determine if pronation of the feet or some other factor may have caused your pain. Orthotics (or heel pads) might be prescribed to deal with over-pronation or other issues.

    Achilles Tendonitis 1


    Achilles Tendonitis 2
     
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    Sounds like a good idea. Tendinitis (micro-tears in the tendon) can sometimes lead to a more serious tear in the tendon.
     
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  11. ChrisNC

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    Thanks guys. I was able to get an appointment w\ a Podiatrist for this afternoon. I'll post back after the visit.

    It is a lot better today. It still hurts, but not to the point of causing a limp like yesterday. Of course, yesterday I was wearing shoes with a tighter heel so it's not hitting the shoe as much today.
     
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  12. ChrisNC

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    OK, just back from the doctor. It is Achilles tendonitis. She's got me on Celebrex, temporary heel pads, ice and stretching.

    I apparently have very high arches, so I have to start shopping for heavily padded shoes and get Orthotics. They're checking with my insurance to see if I can get the good ones covered, or if I have to get the over the counter ones. I've always had trouble finding shoes I like, and now I know why.

    The good news is I'm cleared to play my match next Monday. :)
     
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