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How do you deal with heel pain?

I was wondering how y’all deal with heel pain? Two months ago I had a pulmonary embolism and I am now on blood thinners and can no longer take NSAIDs. Tylenol doesn’t help. I see my rheumatologist soon but in the meantime I wanted to see what others with our condition do to deal with the heel pain. Sometimes it is so bad that I can’t rest comfortably or be on my feet comfortably. It takes my breath away. I have plantar fasciitis as well, but the pain at the back of my heel near my Achilles tendon is what is hurting the most these days and I just can’t bear it some days.

  1. Hello - we appreciate you starting this forum. I am sorry to hear the past few months have been difficult and challenging for you and your health has suffered. Many in the community complain of heel pain and plantar fasciitis. An article that comes to mind is written by one of our advocates and contributors.

    Here's the link:
    Also, part 2 and it's link

    I can relate as I've got horrible foot pain due to arthritis, tendonitis, and enthesitis. I can barely last 20 minutes in a store shopping or taking a walk around the block with our pups. I know the medication I have currently been using has helped immensely with enthesitis and tendonitis that afflict me. Can you go into a little more detail on your medical regimen? I am curious to know if you've been started on a biologic medication. From what it sounds like, you tend to make this heel and foot pain a priority when seeing your rheumatologist.

    Some things that help me are wearing loose footwear or shoes without backs (heels), ice pack several times daily, and stretching (as mentioned in the articles above). I am curious to know what your physician recommends since you are unable to use NSAIDs. Hopefully, others will chime in and offer up some ideas. Thoughtfully, Rebecca (community moderator)

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