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Why do I have intense pain in my heels and feet?

Why do I have intense pain in my heels and feet?

Robert has been experiencing intense pain in his heels. The pain is at its worst when he first gets out of bed in the morning, but he works on his feet all day in a warehouse and the pain is keeping him from getting his job done. Robert wants to know, what’s causing his heel pain and what can he do about it?


Harry’s Advice:

Robert, this is your livelihood we’re talking about. If you don’t have your feet, what do you have? And it hurts like hell, doesn’t it? What it sounds like is you have is plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is cause by inflammation of the tissue, called the plantar fascia, on the bottom of your foot. The plantar fascia is thick tissue that connects your heel bone to your toe bones, creating the arch along the bottom of your foot. You get plantar fasciitis when this tissue is used too much or stretched too much.

I’ve had terrible plantar fasciitis. I’ve gotten steroid injects it’s gotten so bad. But, that didn’t help. What helped was an orthotic. Go to your local drugstore and get an insole orthotic for your shoes from a brand like Dr Scholl’s. They’ll help you walk better.

You should also do exercises to help the healing process. What you do is you get a towel and you hold one end in each hand. Place your foot in it like a stirrup and stretch out your heel this way.

Robert, have you tried taking any anti-inflammatory medication? Consider taking Motrin, Advil, or Ibuprofen. It can cause upset stomach, so take 2 pills in the morning with food. You can also try taking Anatabloc, a natural anti-inflammatory supplement. But, I’ve got to tell you, plantar fasciitis takes a long time to heal, so be patient.

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