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foot pain
Posted by: Pam
Date: February 10, 2002 2:48 AM

I have a very painful heel...not the back of the foot like the Achille's tendon but underneath my heel. It never goes away. Do you know what this is and how I can deal with it?

RE: foot pain
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, M.D.
Date: February 10, 2002 3:12 AM

I can't know for certain what it is, and of course you should be evaluated with a foot x-ray and an examination by a qualified medical professional, perhaps a podiatrist. A common cause of heel pain is a bone spur. Bone spurs tend to hurt mainly when you step down on the spur, not constantly as you seem to be saying. If this is the diagnosis, the pain will often relent with intramuscular B12 daily for two weeks, although this will do nothing to change the spur itself. The standard treatment is to anaesthetize the heel, make a small incision, clip off the spur and sew it back up.



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