Ouch! heel pain

Ouch! heel pain

Post by Eric Levi » Thu, 24 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Any suggestions (or just reassurance that it will go away in time) on
what to do about heel pain? I run about 25 miles a week and my left
heel just kills me after I run. For a while both heels were hurting,
but right one has stopped. Having to get up in the middle of the night
just about cripples me since I have hardwood floors. I stretch and then
ice it every night but don't know if it's doing any good. I've put some
cushioned inserts in my shoes, which probably help a litte. Of course,
once I'm warmed up, it doesn't bother me when I run, just after. I
don't run a lot, so I hate to back off much, because I'm also to the
point where I'm in decent running shape. Afraid that might be the only
option though.

Ouch! heel pain

Post by sys.. » Fri, 25 Aug 1995 04:00:00

I have a friend who is training for a marathon in November and is up
to 18 miles on his biweekly long run.  Unfortunately, he also just
recently developed a pain in his left heel and he is trying to
determine whether to lay off awhile or continue training.  He first
noticed the pain the following day after riding a jet ski on a
rough lake (lots of bouncing around).  The pain is most noticeable
in the morning and when walking barefoot.  Surprisingly, it does
not hurt when running (probably due to well cushioned heels).  
However, this has been going on for 3 weeks and he is concerned
that the pain has not gone away (could begin causing problems in
his training).  The pain is on the bottom inside of his left heel.
Has anyone had a similar problem and what did you do to fix the

Ron Stangeland


Ouch! heel pain

Post by Michelle M. Malle » Sat, 26 Aug 1995 04:00:00


>Two words.  Plantar Fascitis.
>1.  go to a good podiatrist,  get fitted for orthotics.
>2. never get out of bed to walk without shoes on.  Keep them by your
>bedside. this helps the pain
>3.  try massage sandals with all the "nubs"  such as made by TYR.  they
>helped me a lot.
>4.  try biking for 2 or 3 days, in stead of running days.     drastic,
>but I had to switch to all biking for 6 months.
>5.  Get new shoes every 400 miles.   My problems began with old, worn
>    Preferably with lots of cushioning and support (possiblly you are a
>over pronator?)
>Good luck .  I have sympathy.     Ice.  Ice,   Ice.   Aspirin.


Yep.  That's what happened to me.  I was just starting to run, but I
wouldn't give up my STEP aerobics.  BIG MISTAKE.  I now have a roaring
case of plantar fasciitis.  I too am just biking, taking prescription
strength Naproxen to lessen the inflammation and then my doc is going to
send me to a podiatrist for orthotics.  I had new shoes for both
activities, I just didn't rest.  The above information is absolutely



Ouch! heel pain

Post by RUNP » Sun, 27 Aug 1995 04:00:00

Also try seeing a sports physical therapist (I happen to be one).  You
have plantar fasciitis and need to have a comprehensive lower extremity
exam.  Strength, flexibility, proproception (balance), and biomechanics
need to be checked.  If you pronate or supinate excessively orthotics will
help.  Try arch taping first before you invest in orthotics.  If your M.D.
only gives you meds and tells you to rest, go somewhere else.  Hang in
there.  These injuries take patience.