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What causes severe pain in bottom of foot?

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Posted on Sat, 19 Jul 2014
Question: I was walking and suddenly developed an excruciating pain in the bottom of my foot. Just the right foot. It was a very sudden and severe pain that is relieved when I take the weight off my feet by sitting or lying down. Standing or walking worsens it. It started intermittently, for a couple of seconds as I was walking and then it faded. I had to continue walking to get home, and by the end of my ten minute walk the pain was constant and unbearable. Now I am resting and if I try to stand up or walk the pain returns.
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
plantar fascitis or can be nerve compression.

Detailed Answer:
Hello
I have studied your case.
There is possibility of plantar fascitis leading to pain on walking.
X ray of foot may show calcaneal spur.
Physiotherapy like ultrasound and Tens may give you instant relief.
Another possibility of local internal lesion like corn leading to pain.
Some time nerve compression can lead to pain on walking. MRI spine may help if there is clinical suspicion.
I hope I have answered your questions. If you have further questions please feel free to ask. I will be happy to answer your question. Take care.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (31 minutes later)
Hi. you have given me various possible causes of the pain but no explanation as to which you think is most likely in this case. Also I would like to know what to do now.
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Answered by Dr. Vaibhav Gandhi (9 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Explained below

Detailed Answer:
Hello again

There is most likely possibility of early plantar fasciitis.

For plantar fasciitis,
Shoe/footwear should be with soft sole. You can use silicon pad insoles.
Avoid exposure of cold to foot.

Start plantar exercises consulting physiotherapist also Physiotherapy like TENS and ultrasound will help. Take calcium supplement with vit D.
Do exercises of foot before getting out of bed.

If no relief with this then you can consult orthopaedic doctor.
Hope this answers your query. If you have additional questions or follow up queries then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your queries.

Wishing you good health.

Take care.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What causes severe pain in bottom of foot?

Brief Answer: plantar fascitis or can be nerve compression. Detailed Answer: Hello I have studied your case. There is possibility of plantar fascitis leading to pain on walking. X ray of foot may show calcaneal spur. Physiotherapy like ultrasound and Tens may give you instant relief. Another possibility of local internal lesion like corn leading to pain. Some time nerve compression can lead to pain on walking. MRI spine may help if there is clinical suspicion. I hope I have answered your questions. If you have further questions please feel free to ask. I will be happy to answer your question. Take care.