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Old 04-14-2016, 06:56 PM
 
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The intermitant sharp pains in my heel are becoming more frequent. Last night they kept waking me up. Can't get into to see my doctor for awhile. Any ideas what can cause this?
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Old 04-14-2016, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Old Hippie Heaven
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Plantar fasciitis can cause that. And believe me, you don't want to mess with it. MAKE TIME to see a podiatrist.

I lost nearly two years to it because I tried to power through. By the time I finally made time to see a doc, I could barely walk across the living room. DON'T ignore it.
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Old 04-14-2016, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Orlando
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Look up plantar fasciitis in this forum. There are a lot of people who have posted about this problem, and they suggest some home remedies. But best thing is to see your doctor.
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Old 04-14-2016, 08:07 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Podiatrist and exercise. Mine had me stand about 2 ft from the wall, put me hands chest high flat on wall, and lean in. Can't remember how long to hold, probably 10 reos. But confirm the diagnosis first.
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Old 04-17-2016, 07:06 AM
 
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The OP should definitely see a well-reputed Podiatrist for an official diagnosis, but the reported symptoms do seem to indicate a case of Plantar Fasciitis. Treatment can include any or all of the following:

  • "strapping" of the foot
  • Cortisone injections
  • Orthotics
  • Exercises to stretch the muscles and tendons of the lower leg
  • Different shoes
Regarding that last item, it was surprising for a friend (whose Podiatrist diagnosed Plantar Fasciitis) to see how few brands of athletic shoes were recommended by the American Podiatric Association. He had been wearing Nikes exclusively, and his Podiatrist recommended that he stop wearing that brand, and that he also avoid wearing Reebok and Adidas.

The Podiatrist recommended Asics, and--guess what?--when my friend ditched his Nikes and switched exclusively to Asics, his foot problems diminished to a major extent.


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Old 04-17-2016, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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New Balance footwear helped me a lot.
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Old 04-17-2016, 12:10 PM
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Location: Coastal New Jersey
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I went to a running store even though I don't run and had them do that computerized analysis thing on my feet to help pick out the best shoes for me. It was worth it. I walked in pain for months.

I also do the exercises that stretch out the foot. So far, so good.
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Old 04-17-2016, 02:15 PM
 
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New Balance footwear helped me a lot.

I believe that New Balance is one of the other brands recommended by the American Podiatric Association.


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Old 04-18-2016, 11:07 AM
 
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Bone spurs are the usual culprit. Stay off them if you can to let things heal, and as mentioned, invest in the best fitting shoes you can find. I haven't worn shoes in probably 30 years. Sandals all the way, and even in cold climates I just went w/ those and wool socks on my bike. It worked in 11 below New Mexico winters, but if you have to get in the snow or slush, forget about it. The last time I crammed my feet into hot, non conforming shoes, I said to myself "What the heck am I doing? These things are for the birds". Here in Florida, shoes seem ridiculous, as they did in Hawaii (where I didn't even need to own a pair of socks). Still, no matter where I go, sandals only. At 64, my feet are in great shape. Have you ever set your feet down beside a pair of shoes? Your feet are not supposed to go into things that have no relationship to how your feet are formed, w/ your toes all scrunched up like that.
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