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What causes pain on heels?

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Posted on Sat, 8 Nov 2014
Question: when I get out of bed in the morning, I can not put any weight on my left heel.The more I try to walk on it the less the pain gets, it gradually eases up.Then while I'm driving to work theres no pain but I do feel preasure building up in my foot as it I have a turnicate on my leg,then after about 15 to 20 min. of driving when I get out of my truck I can not put any weight on my heel unless I keep trying to walk and then the pian not completely gone but it's bearable,seems like staying off of it,there's boold preasure building up under my heel area so that whae I do try to put weight on it ,it's verry painfull
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Answered by Dr. Panagiotis Zografakis (15 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Probably plantar inflammation

Detailed Answer:
Hello,

your description sounds like plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation on the tendon of the under side of the foot. At first it may cause pain only after rest (the first few steps) but later the pain may become more severe. This is a difficult to heal inflammation that requires proper shoes (soft, anatomical shoes with a cushion under the heel) and patience. You can also put silicon cushions in your shoes which will help the foot rest on a slight angle to the ground (the heel should be somewhat elevated).
You should avoid walking barefoot on a hard surface and you should also avoid standing.
Usual painkillers may help with the symptoms but are not curative. The inflammation won't go away faster if you take them, so if you can handle the pain, you shouldn't take any.
You should also visit an orthopedics specialist to rule out other diagnoses that may cause pain to the your feet. I've described you the most likely cause, but this isn't the only one possible.
I hope your situation seems more clear now!
If you have further questions on this subject, please ask. I'll be glad to answer.

Kind Regards!
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What causes pain on heels?

Brief Answer: Probably plantar inflammation Detailed Answer: Hello, your description sounds like plantar fasciitis. This is an inflammation on the tendon of the under side of the foot. At first it may cause pain only after rest (the first few steps) but later the pain may become more severe. This is a difficult to heal inflammation that requires proper shoes (soft, anatomical shoes with a cushion under the heel) and patience. You can also put silicon cushions in your shoes which will help the foot rest on a slight angle to the ground (the heel should be somewhat elevated). You should avoid walking barefoot on a hard surface and you should also avoid standing. Usual painkillers may help with the symptoms but are not curative. The inflammation won't go away faster if you take them, so if you can handle the pain, you shouldn't take any. You should also visit an orthopedics specialist to rule out other diagnoses that may cause pain to the your feet. I've described you the most likely cause, but this isn't the only one possible. I hope your situation seems more clear now! If you have further questions on this subject, please ask. I'll be glad to answer. Kind Regards!