What does a sharp pain mean in the heel of my foot?

Question by Lou: What does a sharp pain mean in the heel of my foot?
The very center of my heel on my left foot is killing me! It feels like someone gave me a shot in the middle of my heel. Not on the surface but deeper inside my heel. What do u think that’s from? How can I releave the pain?

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Answer by Stevie B
At very first blush it sounds like plantar fascitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the arch of your foot and inserts at the middle of your heel. Pain is generally felt in the middle of the heel, especially with deep touch. Pain is also generally worse in the morning (gets better with movement) and worse after sitting or not walking for a prolonged period of time. The best and first line treatment is using Non-steroidals (aspirin, motrin, aleve) if you have no problems with these drugs (such as stomach ulcers) and a rigourous stretching program. Stretching out the calf muscles using a standing runners stretch is the best preventitive medicine. I’d recommend stretching for 1-2 minutes a day, 3-4 times a day. If your pain does not resolve with stretching and over the counter pills you can always go see either a podiatrist or orthopedic foot/ankle specialist. They will most likely offer you a variety of further treatments including night splinting (this basically is continous stretching while you sleep using a special sock-brace), casting (forced rest and stretching in a cast), injections (a shot of steroid medicine into the tender insertional area), and lastly surgery (no one would recommend this until you have failed all these other measures for up to a year).

There are other things it may be including a trapped nerve or an irritated bone spur…but that would require a more thorough examination and history that we have right now.

Good luck.

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3 Responses to “What does a sharp pain mean in the heel of my foot?”

  1. Douglas B says:

    Lots of times that pain is caused by tight calf muscles pulling that muscle shorter so it pulls on the end that is attached to the heel to cause pains in your heel. To get rid of the pain you have to free up your calf muscle and here’s how to do that:
    Calf muscle:
    While sitting and your leg on your lap, take both thumbs and place them side by side at about ankle height on the tendon on the back of your leg and apply pressure hard and hold. After 30 seconds slowly raise your toes up as far as you can, release the pressure but hold your foot there for another 30 seconds.
    For best results relax your body first by taking a deep breath and exhaling then remain this relaxed.

  2. Frodo says:


    First of all I am sorry that you have this pain which prevents you from walking normally.

    However, from your description it is very hard to determine exactly what is wrong with your heel. It could be a simple bruise or maybe even a case of Plantar Fasciitis.

    In order to understand your condition better and to give you a proper diagnosis please answer these questions:

    1) Is it sensitive to the touch/press on it?
    2) Do you have high or low arches in your feet?
    3) Do you have “extra” pain when you first get up in the morning and take a few steps?
    4) What kind of shoes do you usually wear?
    5) Did you start any sport activity lately?
    6) How long do you have this pain?
    7) Is there any redness or swelling visible?

    Here are a few things you can do right now:

    1) In general you should be completely resting your injured foot – Minimize walking / standing and see if there is some improvement.

    2) Ice your heel at least 4 times a day, either by applying ice directly or by rolling a frozen bottle under your heel and arch when you sit down.

    3) Massage the area to speed up healing.

    4) Wear good supportive shoes around the house as well.

    Again, if you can answer my questions I would be happy to assist you further!

    You can write to me directly if you prefer, my email is in my Yahoo profile or itaiw@yahoo.com

    Feel Better!

  3. happyjoy says:

    It might be a bone spur. These can push against tissues and nerves in your foot. To help you determine this, you can visit the source website below. Best wishes!

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