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Forum Name: Spinal problems and back pain

Question: severe heel pain after physical therapy for low back


 freshbear - Thu Sep 17, 2009 9:46 am

Hello.

I started physical therapy a week ago for low back pain (pain down legs, calves, knee , numbing on inside of foot) and have been doing the same stretching regimen at home twice a day in between visits.

after my stretching and icing last night i got up to get some kleenex and i had severe heel pain on my left heel.

did i stretch too much?
i am known for having super tight muscles - the docs and p.t.' s find it interesting.

i have had plantar fascitis before over the years but this is intense - almost like a deep bruise. i cannot put any weight on my heel whatsoever. (p.f. is often on my mind to prevent as i remember it from years before - I do wear orthotics and wear my crocs on my hardwood floors so that i won't have a problem)

what do i do? i'm assuming rest and ice....do i continue to do my stretches ??
thank you! :)
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Sun Sep 20, 2009 7:47 pm

User avatar Hello,
This sounds like a flare up of plantar fasciitis. I would continue gentle stretching but do moist heat prior to stretching and ice afterward.- especially to the foot and heel cord areas.
NSAIDS may also help with the pain.

Take care.

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