Patient discussion about heel

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Q. Is there any good source for heel pain relief, besides NSAIDs?

My heel pain is most severe at night when I sleep. It's as if the way I position my feet worsen the condition, but I'm at a loss to know how to position my feet. During the day my heels feel so but don't typically bother me.
A1I have found that keeping my feet flexed (the position they are in when standing) helps ease the pain of plantar facitis. I also don't let my feet get cold(wear socks)and keep heavy blankets and quilts off the feet. Placing a box under the covers at the foot of the bed will help keep the blankets up. Do try the exercises recommended on the above web sites. It usually resolves in about 6 months. Best wishes!
A2you know that Plantar Fasciitis has several treatments right? cause if it's still treatable i think it'll be best for you.. while searching for another thing i came across a group of exercises for Plantar Fasciitis -
http://www.med.umich.edu/1libr/sma/sma_xplanfas_art.htm

and maybe this will help too-
http://www.aafp.org/afp/20010201/467.html

i also know that in chronic situations they inject steroids and that has been proven to prevent long-term damage to the heel.

good luck!!

Q. I had sugery on a fractured heel what is the recovery process?

Wanting to meet people who are going thru this now or have already recovered from this injury. What should I expect?
A1Hey doyen_98, I was wondering how the recovery was coming along. How long ago have you had the surgery?
A2i broke my heel in a football game- they inserted a metal plate and screw it. You won't be able to put any weight on your foot for approximately 10 weeks after surgery. When you begin walking, you may need to use a cane and wear a special boot. It may take up to a year for the injury to heal completely. now i can walk and run but not to play football... be ready for this- your leg could not be the same again. but that really depends on your type of injury.
good luck!!

Q. anyone knows how to stop hard skin on the feet from becoming cracked???

during summer my feet got lots of hard skin and in the heel area the skin actually got cracked kinda deep. it hurts now and the cracks are starting to get infected I guess... do u guys know how to solve this?? I know there are some creams for that but I thought maybe now it's too late for that and I need something stronger?
AThere are good creams for moisterizing the skin of your feet on a daily basis, however now that you feel they might be infected you should see a dermatologist for some better treatment.
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