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Pain under the heel, what is it?
By dancergirl1212member has saluted, click to view salute photos
On Sat Nov 01, 2008 02:00 AM

Hello everyone. :)
For the last four or five days, I've had pain under the heel of my foot. It's not throbbing unless I walk on it too much, and it's gotten progressively worse since it started. This has happened before, but it usually went away after half a day, so it just seemed like one of those weird things my body does. Just now I tried massaging the area and found that under pressure, the most painful area is up towards the side of my foot, right above where the heel rounds up. And now the whole underside of my heel is throbbing even more painfully. Any idea what this could be? I take three dance classes, ballet, jazz, and tap, and do marching band, which is an hour every morning but Wednesday and three nighttime hours on Tuesdays. I don't know if either of those would have contributed, being rather uneducated about heels and the human body in general, but for now I'm assuming they are.
Thanks in advance for any insight or help you can give me. :D

2 Replies to Pain under the heel, what is it?

re: Pain under the heel, what is it? (karma: 1)
By Chaconnemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member
On Sat Nov 01, 2008 06:20 AM
Quite possibly a heel spur. That is when the plantar tendon, which runs under the foot, pulls on the forward facing part of the heel bone and the pulling causes a small "spur" to form. It can be painful. This is a job for a podiatrist (foot specialist)to check out with an Xray. I've had one. I also have something now akin to this on the back of the heel where the Achilles tendon attaches to the back side of the same bone. Google "heel spur" for more info.

A podiatrist can treat it with cortisone, foot inserts for shoes, and, as a last case, surgery. It is pretty common. I had surgery for it 16 years ago.

Don't delay in getting it checked out as unchecked, it can get worse.

re: Pain under the heel, what is it?
By hamfistPremium member
On Sat Nov 01, 2008 03:12 PM

Jon has posted a well written item and I can totally agree with all the words used!



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