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stepped on thumbtack

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Unregistered, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. Unregistered

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    About 10 months ago, i stepped on a thumbtack between the heel and the arch. I have had constant pain in the area since then. There is no visible injury. I have a horrible burning sensation, especially after sitting or standing for long periods of time. The mornings are the worst. When I first get out of bed I limp for about half an hour because the pain is so bad. I find that I walk on the side of my foot more often now to avoid directly stepping on the area. The pain is there all day. Did I damage a nerve?
     
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

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    Owing to the typical thickness of the plantar skin of the heel of the foot and the typically short length of the business end of a thumbtack, I would not consider it likely that you damaged a nerve. There are, however, cutaneous pain receptors within the skin itself which might have been affected. But with the description you've offered, I would think that your pain may have nothing to do with the thumbtack and might instead be associated with common plantar fasciitis. Alternatively, you might have a painful inclusion cyst from the invagination of epidermis from the injury. Of course, all of this could be easily sorted out with a hands-on examination by a podiatrist and I would suggest that course.
     
    Last edited: Aug 26, 2009
  3. Unregistered

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    Thank you so much for your response. I think you are right. The thumbtack might have been a coincidence. Plantar fasciitis might be the culprit. Mornings are so unbearable. I'm going to try some stretching exercises. Hopefully that will improve my foot pain. Once again, thank you for your swift answer.
     
  4. Unregistered

    Unregistered Guest

    I just stepped on a tack like... 15 min. ago and in the same place.... also.. Burning sensation
     
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