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I need help! I have been dealing with this pain for to long. It is on the outside of my right foot located on the back of the heel. I had an MRI and the Dr. said it had fluid and micro tears where the AT and heel meet. The fluid was almost everywhere in the ankle he also saw a bone spur on the back of my heel, foot, ankle. Heat helps it, ice helps it but what I would like is to get rid of it altogether. What do I need to do? I will do what ever it takes. It all started with the five finger shoes!!!
I'm no expert (there are lots better on here) but I'll give you my two cents. Is the pain actually at the very back of the heel, where it turns to go up to the ankle? The bone spur could be causing most of the pain. Heel pads may help. Are you a heel-striker? I had pain at the back of my heel (not plantar fasciitis, though my podiatrist was convinced it was). I "fixed" the problem by changing, over many months, from heel-striking to a midfoot plant.
I am a mid foot striker. Yes it is on the very back of the heel and to the outside of the rt foot. I press on it and it hurts but if I keep the pressure on it, it goes away but when I start walking it hurts again. The dr. said that the bone spur would not cause the pain but the micro tears could. I will take any two cents to find out what to do to get rid of this. Thank you so much for your help!
If you've posted this question/situation on runnersworld.com then you've already seen my answer. The description here is remarkably simialar to a posting there. But on the chance you haven't posted on runnersworld.com - you might check out ASTYM. ASTYM is administered by certified PTs. The technique involves scraping the skin with plastic instruments. The scraping causes micro trauma to the tissue underneath - causing the body to go into healing mode so the tissue can be remodeled and rebuilt. From what I understand the technique works very well on tendons. I had it done for Plantar Fasciitis and it worked very well.
"Kick off your high heel sneakers, it's party time."
-- From the song FM by Steely Dan
I had the exact same problem with this for two years on my left heel. I am a normal heel stricker however. It took the doctor a long time to finally figure out what was wrong after I went through 8 months of physical therapy. What I had was a small bone spur right where the tendon connected to the heel. Very difficult to see on the MRI since there was a lot of calcification. Over time it was damaging my AT and the tendon started calcifying from repeated damage. It was very similiar to bursitis and the only way it got fixed was through surgery. Unfortunately I dealt with the pain for a couple of years and it caused a lot of damage. The doctor did surgery and removed a center portion of my tendon and cleaned out any potential bone spurs in the area. He said it wasn't an obvious bone spur but was in the worst location. I went through 4 months of physical therapy afterwords and I am at exactly 2 years from my surgery today. I was just able to run a half marathon in November and I am shooting for a marathon in May. The recover process has taken a long time. It still hurts on occasion and gets very tight. So, lots of stretching still and working to rebuild my calf muscles. It is hard to believe how much you lose when going through this and how hard it is to come back.
Best of luck to you.
I have something similar in my left foot which my Dr insists is PF but is not at all similar to the PF I've had in the past. I have pain/ache around the outside and inside of my heel. Right under my heel, something pops while walking (you can actually hear it popping) and my ankle cracks nonstop. Any ideas? Haven't run since July 2010. Doing P90X now which only stresses my foot on yoga days. Thanks for any input