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I am feeling pain in the heel of right foot

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Dr. Aaron Branch

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Posted on Wed, 23 Jan 2019 in General Health
Question: I am feeling pain in the heel of right foot while walking while I have been sitting for some time. Initially, the pain was there for few minutes and will go away after a few steps of walking. But now the pain is getting more and not going away as well.
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Answered by Dr. Aaron Branch 9 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Suspect plantar fasciitis

Detailed Answer:
Hello, I'm Dr. Branch, thanks for using Ask a Doctor. Heel pain that is worst after resting and gets better with walking is suggestive of plantar fasciitis, which is a common cause of foot pain and is caused by inflammation of the connective tissue that goes from your heel along the bottom of your feet to your toes. Often patients complain of pain worst in the morning when they first step out of bed.

Treatment usually consists of stretching exercises (you can find a good description of exercises at webmd.com), as well as shoe inserts for plantar fasciitis. Rest and ice can help at first, as well as anti-inflammatories such as Ibuprofen. After a couple weeks (or sooner if you want), if there is no improvement, I would suggest seeing a doctor to confirm the diagnosis and consider a steroid injection to help with the pain.

I hope that helps, please let me know if you have any questions about any of that and I would be glad to discuss it further with you.
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