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Downward dog position in yoga causes electric pain in the heel - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been practicing yoga for about a year regularly with no issues. All of a sudden when in downward dog and extending my heels toward floor I have sharp electric pain running behind my left heel which abated as soon as I reversed the move. No bottom of heel or foot pain. There is no pain when I touch my toes or do calf stretches. It doesn't hurt when I walk but it feels like I would tear something if I continued to hold in downward dog. I gave it a day rest and tried downward dog again the next day and felt the same tearing sensation starting about 2 inches above my heal. It sounds odd, but it only hurts while in downward dog. But while in downward dog, it feels like a tearing/burning sensation in my achilles.
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   Let me read your query for few minutes to be able to have a good discussion here
Doctor :   Once a sprain in the tendon it may take time to heal , i advice you to give it a time
Doctor :   more you try more you hurt
User :   Any thoughts on how much time to give the sprain to heal?
Doctor :   2 weeks as it is stretches by the strongest muscle in the leg
User :   Can I still do other exercises (not downward dog) or do I need to stay off it completely?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   I'm not clear on that. Do I need to stay off it completely?
Doctor :   no ,avoid the positions involving the achilles stretch
Doctor :   there is no harm in continuing
Doctor :   and do take a muscle relaxant , it will help
User :   Are muscle relaxants available over the counter?
Doctor :   No , you may have to consult your GP for the same
User :   Thank you very much for the help!
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