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unbearable heel pain

Discussion in 'Ask your questions here' started by Unregistered, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. Unregistered

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    hi, i was just wondering if anyone could help me.... i am booked in to see the doc in a few days but was wondering if anyone could shed any light on my condition now as i am in immense pain and discomfort.

    basically i have suffered from foot pain (in both feet) for probably the last 4 years in total. Despite being slightly overweight, i am however very fit and active and walk a lot. in the past i have always put my pain down to being overweight, hence i have never sought medical advice as the last time i went to the docs my weight got blamed for everything and this has put little confidence in me re doctors, as i know that i am very fit and even my boyfriend who is a gym finatic has trouble keeping up with me when it comes to exercise. i feel that people, especially doctors, look at me and just assume im lying about this and that im just lazy and do nothing to try and lose weight. (ps, my weight problem is nothing to do with what i eat either.)

    anyway, now that i have given you my history...... the last week or so the pain in my left foot has become unbearable. i have cited the pain source to the back of my heel where it is very tender if i press slightly, and there also seems to be a lump that has developed here as well. there is swelling to both my ankles, and there has been for some time. the pain is so bad now, especially in a morning, that i literally cannot walk on it, i have started crawling and sliding down the stairs on my bum its so bad !! When i do eventually get mobile, the sharp pain turns to a dull ache for an hour or two but then comes back again. this also happens if i sit down for even 5 mins.

    I have tried ice, elevation, compression, ibuprofen (both tablets and gel that you apply to the site of pain), naproxen anti inflammatories (that i was taking for another condition - these relieved my foot pain for the first two weeks but then the further 2 weeks thay had no affect) - it seems when i stopped taking these that the pain gotten worse actually to this unbearable state - i dont know if they may have had an adverse affect??

    any help or advice would be greatly appreciated, thankyou, Donna
     
  2. FootDoc

    FootDoc New Member

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    Contrary to what you assert, you really haven't given any history that might be definitively helpful in diagnosis, only anecdotal asides, so to speak. But from what I CAN glean from your post, making the assumption that you have pain even without wearing shoes, I would guess (and it IS merely a guess) that one of the considerations might be insertional osteoarthritis of the Achilles tendon, perhaps with osteophytic proliferations accounting for the bump. Alternatively, if painful only in shoes, it might be Haglund's deformity, also know as "pump bumps." But again, these are merely impressions based on your statements and not diagnoses. Consult a good Board Certified podiatrist before proceeding with any attempt at self-treatment.
     
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