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I get stabbing pains in the heal of my right foot. It feels

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I get stabbing pains in the heal of my right foot. It feels like I'm stepping on shards of sharp glass. I have no symptoms in the left foot.
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Does the pain is more in the early morning when you get up from bed (and after sitting for some time)?
Is there any specific point of tenderness?
Any significant past illness / injury / accident?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I don't notice it in the morning usually. I notice it as I go along in my day.

The pain is in the center of the heal. Past history is substancial. I have had 4 back,1 left knee, and 1 right wrist surgery. Left foot has 2 pathway damaged from surgery.

Back surgeon said that a foot doctor should look at it, he does not believe the surgery's have affected the right foot.


The conditions to consider for your heel pain are;


1) Achilles tendinitis; heel tendon inflammation


2) Retrocalcaneal bursitis; bursa are fluid filled sac (pocket like structures) for smooth movement of the tendon, which can get inflamed and termed bursitis. The heel bone is called calcaneum and the bursa below it is inflamed thus the term retrocalcaneal.


3) Plantar fasciitis; heel has got a soft tissue underneath called as plantar fascia, inflammation of which is called plantar fasciitis.


4) Calcaneal periostitis; heel bone inflammation


5) Calcaneal spurs; wear and tear arthritis forms small bone growth.


The treatment is almost same for all these conditions with the minor variations. Following may help you;


1) Moist heat or ice compresses; whatever suits you

2) Anti-inflammatory analgesics like Ibuprofen

3) Local analgesic ointment /spray

4) Physical therapy

5) Deep electrotherapy like iontophoresis, phonophoresis, short wave diathermy, electrical stimulation etc.

6) Consideration of steroid shot

7) Shock wave therapy

8) Custom-fabricated inserts in shoe-wear


There is a new therapy called as autologous blood injection in which your own blood is injected at the pain site, is said to be quite effective. Shock wave therapy is available in sport medicine clinics or physical therapy clinics.


You may consider consulting any of these specialists;

MD in physical medicine and rehabilitation

Please feel free for your follow up questions.

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