Foot Pain

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    Apr 01, 2013 7:30 PM GMT
    Hey there,

    So I've been working as a chef for a few months, that being said I've been standing for long hours with only like a few minutes of sitting every few hours. Basically, I've been standing a lot. About a week ago, I squatted down to reach something and I felt this tight, sharp, pulling pain from my foot (the picture below will show where exactly I felt it).

    Ever since then, every time I go to squat, bend down, or stoop down, I feel that pain in my foot. I feel it at no other times. It's perfectly fine when I'm walking, running, jumping etc.

    So it's basically near the "heel bone" on the following image:
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    And a little further back in this image (not my foot):
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    The reason I asked about this is the fact that I don't feel pain any other times, so it doesn't come off as serious to me. I've never experienced a foot pain for more than one day, nor have I experienced a sprained/twisted ankle or pulled anything in my foot, so I'm not sure if this is something common or not.

    Thank you for any help you guys can offer!
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    Apr 02, 2013 12:48 AM GMT
    Take care. There's good pain and bad pain at the gym. Sounds like you are experiencing bad pain. If you continue to stress your foot, a minor problem may become a major problem. I would err on the side of caution and suspend exercises that cause this pain. If this has gone on for more than a few days, you should probably see a doctor.
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    Apr 02, 2013 4:48 AM GMT
    I've decided to see a doctor after a week of no change (not getting worse or better). I'm really curious as to what this could be, a sprained ankle or any of the other things that come up online seem like they'd be painful and prevent me from walking.
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    Apr 02, 2013 4:58 AM GMT
    Sounds like Plantar Fasciitis. Do you notice it's worse when you get up in the morning?
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    Apr 02, 2013 6:24 AM GMT
    Hope the doctor clears things up for you. You might want to consider getting some insoles and compression socks. They might not help for the pain you're experiencing now but they've really helped my mom (also a chef) with the strain of standing for so long.
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    Apr 02, 2013 11:16 AM GMT
    Hey there. I believe scruffypup may be on the right track. Plantar fasciitis tends to give you problems if you have arch anomalies, if you're overweight (not necessarily obese, it could be lots of muscle weight), if you over-pronate, or if you stand a lot at work (especially with uncomfortable shoes).

    Now, plantar fasciitis does not typically start on its own as a sharp pain one day. It tends to be gradual. Imagine a rubber band that has not been stretched properly and you have left toasting under the sun. One day you stretch it and it snaps a little.
    Something similar happens to the plantar fascia, whose function is to support the arch of the foot like a bowstring supports a bow.

    So you could be facing plantar fascia rupture.

    Please go see a sports doctor. They may need an MRI after a careful evaluation to determine if this is actually the case and then help you decide a course of action.

    And let us know how it goes.
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    Apr 03, 2013 3:14 PM GMT
    I injured my plantar fascia a few years back. I was running in the dark around Hyde Park in London and landed on my foot the wrong way. Despite the huge rush of pain, I kept going. By the time I got back to my hotel, I was having trouble walking. My sports doctor diagnosed the injury upon my return to NY.

    My symptoms were quite different from the OP's. I could walk -- not without discomfort -- but I couldn't run. The pain was at its worst in the morning. The healing process was slow: no running for a month. (Not easy when you're used to running 30 miles per week.) But ever since that runless month, I've been pain-free.

    I'm not a doctor, but if the OP can run and jump, perhaps plantar fasciitis is not the issue.
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    Apr 03, 2013 3:26 PM GMT
    OneSongGlory saidI've decided to see a doctor after a week of no change (not getting worse or better). I'm really curious as to what this could be, a sprained ankle or any of the other things that come up online seem like they'd be painful and prevent me from walking.

    Seeing a doctor is the correct action. An online diagnosis without an examination is impossible, and among medical professionals, generally unethical. The best you can expect online are some hints of things to investigate.

    You may need a referral to an orthopedic specialist. I would do it soon, to limit the possibility of greater injury. If this is minor, fine, but if it's the onset of something major, you'll hopefully catch it early.

    The only thing I would ask about is footwear. Are you wearing well-cushioned shoes? Like those sold for walking, not dress shoes? You can buy cushioned walking shoes in black that fit into many professional situations. And also supplement your shoes with gel pads for the heel.
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    Apr 03, 2013 4:00 PM GMT
    Plantar Fasciitis is felt in the heel but originates up in the calf (they are all connected) so long period of standing can tighten up those muscles. Then when you suddenly stretch or over strain the pain begins. I strained mine while doing some track training (high knees and skipping were the culprits...) which overextended my arch.

    Definitely see a sports doctor and keep your calves loose/stretched.

    My symptoms are greatly improved when I use Tuli's Heel Cups (available on Amazon for less than $10). I have a couple pairs and use them in all my shoes. And use Dr. Scholl's inserts in shoes with poor arch support (like Converse...)

    Treat yourself well and have patience - it takes quite a while to heal (no pun intended)
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    Apr 03, 2013 4:05 PM GMT
    nicelyproportioned saidI injured my plantar fascia a few years back. I was running in the dark around Hyde Park in London and landed on my foot the wrong way. Despite the huge rush of pain, I kept going. By the time I got back to my hotel, I was having trouble walking. My sports doctor diagnosed the injury upon my return to NY.

    My symptoms were quite different from the OP's. I could walk -- not without discomfort -- but I couldn't run. The pain was at its worst in the morning. The healing process was slow: no running for a month. (Not easy when you're used to running 30 miles per week.) But ever since that runless month, I've been pain-free.

    I'm not a doctor, but if the OP can run and jump, perhaps plantar fasciitis is not the issue.



    I wouldn't jump to that conclusion. PF can be a very illusive issue and different people can experience it during different activities.
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    Apr 03, 2013 4:07 PM GMT
    If it doesn't clear up. I would see a podiatrist - they treat all kinds of foot problems. Since the problem is realted to long standing - who knows, you might benefit from sort of custom insole or a different type of shoe.
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    Apr 03, 2013 4:25 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    nicelyproportioned saidI injured my plantar fascia a few years back. I was running in the dark around Hyde Park in London and landed on my foot the wrong way. Despite the huge rush of pain, I kept going. By the time I got back to my hotel, I was having trouble walking. My sports doctor diagnosed the injury upon my return to NY.

    My symptoms were quite different from the OP's. I could walk -- not without discomfort -- but I couldn't run. The pain was at its worst in the morning. The healing process was slow: no running for a month. (Not easy when you're used to running 30 miles per week.) But ever since that runless month, I've been pain-free.

    I'm not a doctor, but if the OP can run and jump, perhaps plantar fasciitis is not the issue.



    I wouldn't jump to that conclusion. PF can be a very illusive issue and different people can experience it during different activities.


    Nor would I. Best to see a doctor, preferably one who specializes in foot and leg injuries.
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    Apr 08, 2013 3:12 AM GMT
    Well thank you all for the suggestions and help!

    The doctor said that it's probably something minor, and didn't want to go through an X-Ray or MRI just yet as it isn't serious pain and it doesn't affect me when I walk. He said it was a mild foot sprain, aggravated from the time spent on my feet (saying that it was building up for a while) as I showed him the shoes I was wearing as well and he said that they weren't good. I was given an exercise to do to strengthen the foot, it's been working as the pain has been reducing. He told me if it worsened or didn't improve in 2 weeks to go back and then he'd do the X-Ray.

    I'm just hoping that it gets better by next week, I am furious missing the gym.