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Severe pain when i walk on my left foot between my arch and and heel no bruising or discoloration

By Anonymous August 1, 2017 - 3:15am
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Hello Anon

Thank you for writing.

It sounds like you may have plantar faciitis - Plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue attached to the heel bone that supports the arch of the foot.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by activity that puts extra stress on the foot, such as:

Physical exertion, especially in sports that require running and jumping such as:
Sudden increase in exercise intensity or duration

Risk Factors
A risk factor is something that increases your chance of getting a disease, condition or injury. The main risk factor for plantar fasciitis is physical activity that stresses the plantar fascia.

Other risk factors include:

Abrupt changes in activity or physical forces endured by the feet
Obesity or weight gain
Weight gain
Pre-existing foot problems, including an abnormally tight Achilles tendon (heel cord), flat feet, overpronation, or unusually high arches
Poor footwear
Poor general conditioning

Symptoms of plantar fasciitis may come on gradually or suddenly.

Symptoms include:

Burning pain on the sole of the foot
Heel pain when taking the first steps in the morning
Tenderness when touching the sole or heel
Pain when standing on tiptoe

Treatments include:

Rehabilitation Measures to Reduce Plantar Fascia Irritation
Avoid running and other activities that may worsen pain.
Apply ice or a cold pack to the heel and arch for 15 to 20 minutes, 4 times a day to relieve pain. Wrap the ice or cold pack in a towel. Do not apply the ice directly to your skin.
Night splint—A special splint that will hold your foot in a neutral position while sleeping.
Orthotics—Special shoe inserts provide support for the mid-arch region of your foot.
Begin stretching exercises to lengthen the Achilles tendon and plantar fascia as recommended by a health care professional. This is usually done when the acute pain has resolved or improved.
The following medications can relieve pain and inflammation:

Ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil)
Naproxen (Aleve, Naprosyn)
Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
Corticosteroid injections are controversial, but may be an option in some cases (may be given by a doctor). In certain cases, a new special type of sound wave called, extracorporeal shock wave, may be appropriate (also under the care of your doctor). At this time, this is generally a treatment for chronic, refractory cases.

In a few cases, basic treatments don't help, and surgery is performed to cut the tight, swollen fascia. Heel spurs have not been proven to cause plantar fasciitis, and they do not need to be routinely surgically removed.

Anon, this is general information about something you may have - you will need to seek medical advice for a diagnosis.

August 1, 2017 - 6:35am
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