R.D. asks from Boston, MA on April 15, 2008
Pain in My Foot
I am at 33 weeks with twins. Lately I have either a sharp, immobilizing pain in my right heel or it is numb. Does anyone have any experience with this?
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Thank you so much for the wonderful advice. I looked up the various website suggestions and it sounds like you are all right. Most of all it is nice to know that others have experienced this before too. Sometimes you want to know what is "normal" that you just have to live with and what is not.
I plan to find some shoes today. I've been wearing my sneakers most of the the time, but I bet I have worn them out. Also, I'll get on the stretches, massage, ice, and talking with my OB ASAP.
A.S. answers from Providence on April 18, 2008
It sounds like you have plantar fasciitis. The tendon under your heel is probably inflammed. If the pain is worse when you first get up from bed or after sitting awhile then I'd say you definitely have it.
To treat it you need to flex and stretch your foot before getting up, wear supportive shoes that have a one inch heel and use a soft gel insert. Since you are pregnant I wouldn't advise any anti-inflammatories (aspirin or advil).
That's all I can think of to tell you. Hope this helps.
S.W. answers from Lewiston on April 16, 2008
I had triplets, so have a little experience. The cyatic nerve is being pinched by the babies shifting. The best thing to do is just change your position and after delivery it will end. You will survive this I promise. Good luck...
L.B. answers from Boston on April 16, 2008
I am also at 33 weeks expecting my first baby and I, too, have pain in my feet. I have been told that I have plantar fasciatis and/or a bone spur. I think that I may have had the plantar fasciatis for a while, but it has increased during my pregnancy. Not sure how or why the bone spur has developed, but it is a sharp pain in my heel on the underside of my foot.
Some suggestions: stretch your feet and calves a lot, especially before you get out of bed; rest your feet as much as you can; I have been seeing a chiropractor during my entire pregnancy and find her to be helpful with back pain and foot pain (often related); you can also do some research about the above conditions online or ask your health care provider.
Hope this is helpful. Good luck with the twins. How exciting!
W.D. answers from Boston on April 16, 2008
it could be stress from the weight of the twins.. talk to your ob about it and see if there's anything they can do..
K.A. answers from Barnstable on April 16, 2008
I am a Nutritional Microsocpist, a holistic Wellness practioner who studies the body at a cellular level. I work with an amazing holistic Chiropractor who works with people on imbalances and structural issues. HE also focusese on Nutrition. We've found that pain in the foot is usually linked to an organ imbalance. It can also have a lot to do with circulatory problems and should not be ignored.
He is located on Main St in Osterville. His number is ###-###-####. You should come in and see what he might be able to do for you.
J.F. answers from Boston on April 16, 2008
You may have plantar fasciatis which causes pain in the heel and numbness or tingling in the foot. I am 32 weeks and have it in both of my feet. With my last pregnancy the doctors told me just to spend as much time off of my feet as possible and elevate my feet. I am a very active person so this really wasn't an option for me. Instead I went to physical therapy where they did mostly massage work on my feet and showed me stretchs to do every day. This, as well as purhcasing inserts for my shoes worked the best for me. So far, I am managing better with this pregnancy b/c I already have the inserts in my shoes and know what stretchs to do. I also have had a few massages where I have asked them to focus on my feet. I bought the inserts at a running store as I was not convinced that spending $300-$400 on orthodics would make a significant difference.
Hope these tips helps - the good news is that though it probably won't completely disappear after delivery it will get better when you weigh less.
M.B. answers from Burlington on April 16, 2008
You should see a doctor about this. I had heel pain when I was pregnant. Turns out my open heel shoes (sandals, etc)where not giving my feet the support needed considering the extra weight during the pregnancy. Once I switch shoes, within a few days, I was fine...
R.M. answers from Boston on April 16, 2008
This sure sounds like Plantar Fasciatis(sp). Mine started several years ago and I wasn't pregnant. Went to a podiatrist who first injected cortisone which helped but the pain returned 6 months later. After making the rounds of podiatrist, ortho, PT, special shoes, inserts,excercises, my ortho prescribed Lidoderm for another condition. When asked if it would work on the heel pain, he said it would be worth a try.
After so much horrible pain I was willing to try anything, so each night I applied 1/2 of a Lidoderm patch to my foot; wore it for 12 hours. After about a week the pain went away, and after several years, never returned.
You will need to wait until after you deliver your babies, but do give it a try.
Forgot to mention that I went to the chiropractor once a week, for months. It did help somewhat in the short term, but the pain always came back. If you do have Plantar Fascitis, it's NOT an imbalance in your body but the stretching and lengthening of a ligament in your foot. Every one is different and not all suggestions will work, but DO try the most practical, sensible ones before alternative solutions.