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Suggest treatment for pain in heels

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Posted on Sat, 27 Sep 2014
Question: I AM HAVING HEEL PAIN AND WHEN I PUT MY FEET ON THE FLOOR, EITHER AFTER SLEEPING ALL NIGHT OR AFTER SITTING AT THE COMPUTER FOR 20 TO 30 MINUTES AND PUT MY FEET ON THE FLOOR, THE PAIN IS THERE. AFTER WALKING AROUND FOR A WHILE, IT GETS BETTER. MY HEEL ALSO IS PAINFUL AND MY FINGERS SEEM TO GATHER FLUID AT. MY FINGERS WILL FEEL FULL, AS IF THEY ARE SWELLING, AND THEN GO DOWN. I CANNOT PIN POINT WHAT MAKES THIS HAPPEN, WHAT KIND(SPECIALTY) OF DOCTOR SHOULD I GO TO?
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Visit an orthopedic surgeon

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
you're probably describing an inflammation to the plantar fascia which is a common condition. Many people will suffer from this condition (almost 10%) at some time in their life. It happens more frequently in individuals with high or low medial arches who walk a lot particularly barefoot or without proper shoes.
You should visit an orthopedic surgeon. He will be able to guide your treatment which will probably be lengthy. Until you visit the specialist I would suggest avoiding walking barefoot, avoid walking too much or standing and use quality shoes with good arch support. Adding soft heel pads is both relieving and therapeutic.
I hope you get better soon!
If you have any more questions on the subject, I'll be glad to answer.
Kind Regards!
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Follow up: Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (17 hours later)
THANKS. I STILL AM CONCERNED ABOUT MY FINGERS GATHERING FLUID. IT JUST HAPPENS AND I WONDER IF THIS HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH CIRCULATION AND VAINS. WHAT KIND OF DOCTOR SHOULD I SEE?
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (31 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Veins probably...

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
fluid accumulation happens most commonly in heart failure (you mentioned a good test which probably excludes it), in venous insufficiency, kidney problems resulting in low albumin in the blood and local problems of the foot like sprains etc.
Your GP should be the first to do a clinical evaluation for the fluid.
If it is one-sided only and you can't recall any sprain or other reason for the swelling then I suggest you visit your GP as soon as possible.
If it is bilateral, it disappears when you lie down and appears again after you get up then it could be the heart or the veins.
So it's the orthopedic surgeon for the heel pain (who can also give you an opinion about the swelling) and your GP if the swelling has not been resolved by then.
Thank you for asking,
I hope you got the answer you were looking for!
Kind Regards!

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Brief Answer: Visit an orthopedic surgeon Detailed Answer: Hello, you're probably describing an inflammation to the plantar fascia which is a common condition. Many people will suffer from this condition (almost 10%) at some time in their life. It happens more frequently in individuals with high or low medial arches who walk a lot particularly barefoot or without proper shoes. You should visit an orthopedic surgeon. He will be able to guide your treatment which will probably be lengthy. Until you visit the specialist I would suggest avoiding walking barefoot, avoid walking too much or standing and use quality shoes with good arch support. Adding soft heel pads is both relieving and therapeutic. I hope you get better soon! If you have any more questions on the subject, I'll be glad to answer. Kind Regards!