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post #1 of 10
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For those of you who didn't know already, I mentioned earlier this week that my heels had been playing up and I was in a lot of pain when walking...I visited my surgery on Monday and met a new doctor, I told her about my problem to only get told "I don't know what is wrong with them"....Sheesh! So much for her knowledge! So I went home without answers....

Anyhoo, went back to the surgery today and spoke to my own GP, and thank goodness he knew what he was talking about...I've been diagnosed with Achilles Tendonitis, quite a painful condition really. I have also been signed off for one week to rest both my heels, and I think it's gonna be a boring one too Can't even drive my car, not a happy bunny
post #2 of 10
It will suck to rest them for a week, but at least you will be better afterward! Lets hope!
post #3 of 10
Sounds like you have heel spurs. Have you looked into Orthotics for your shoes?
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Daft question coming now What are they?
post #5 of 10
Yay for week off! Boo, for poorly heels
Is it something that will come back?
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Originally Posted by DeeDeeMay View Post
Anyhoo, went back to the surgery today and spoke to my own GP, and thank goodness he knew what he was talking about...I've been diagnosed with Achilles Tendonitis, quite a painful condition really.
Strange that I took a guess at it, but the new doctor couldn't figure it out.

Have you been trying the ice like I suggested? I hope you can recover, though my experience with tendinitis (DH has it pretty badly in his wrists) is that it will flare up again later - or really any time you do something that triggers it.

See if you can't get a referral to a good orthopedist, maybe one that puts more focus in therapy and treatment options instead of surgeries, though. Getting proper supports and if needed, some form of physical therapy, should help.

I wonder if a foot bath tub (one with the bubbles and message) would help, too? Another idea that may feel good - see if someone can rub your feet and calves for you in the evening.
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Daft question coming now What are they?
A bony growth on the heel bone. I used to have those when I first started working as a nurse because I was walking / running for hours at work. My heels hurt so bad that I could hardly walk at times.

I bought some Dr Scholl's heel inserts. They just fit in the heel area of your shoe and they have a centre portion that you remove so that it looks like a donut. The idea is that the painful area is over the hole and not having any pressure applied to it. I found that it really worked.

I now have an orthotic in my left shoe, but I need another one for my right one. I no longer have problems with heel spurs but I have other foot issues that cause me pain.

Here are some links to information about plantar fasciitis and heel spurs:

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/gene...a/heelspur.htm

http://www.podcare.com/heel-spur-treatment.html

http://www.podcare.com/plantar-fasciitis-treatment.html

http://www.ncschiropractic.com/spur.htm
post #8 of 10
^ But if she truly has tendinitis treatment focusing on spurs and plantar fasciitis won't help very much. A orthopedist to verify the diagnosis would be best. In fact, it may be a good idea to have an MRI to see if there's been any damage to the tendon.
post #9 of 10
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Just an update, I've been referred for Physiotherapy and I'm now stuck on a waiting list. I phoned them today after being given a leaflet by my GP, so hopefully I can get back on track.

I bought some heel cushions and new trainers with softer insoles this morning, and feeling a bit better for it now. I have been using the ice packs that mum gave me too, and I'm also using the microwavable wheat bags to rest them on that the pharmacy recommended to me. (Doctor advised I vary the warmth/coldness to the area)

Anyways, thanks for the advice so far! Will yell if I need any more
post #10 of 10
Hopefully the waiting list isn't too long. If they can correct the way you stand and walk, and loosen up the achilles tendon (calves) that should help. One reason tendinitis sets in there is that everything is too tight - the other reason is just using it wrong.
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