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?
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.
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