Short, sharp and severe pain in achilles area

I first begun getting this back in 1996 but have never been able to find out what it is and what (if anything) can be done to cure it.

I get a very severe and sharp pain in the achilles tendon area (just above the heal) of my right foot. I’m not one to overstate pain but it is quite a sickening pain that goes right through me but then dissipates and fades away over the following few minutes. If I had to compare it to anythign I would say it does make me think of nerve being pinched in my heel.

There is no swelling or bruising that occurs and I can continue to walk or play sport on it after the initial shock of the pain.

It occurs when I kick a football (I am right footed and predominantly use this foot). It also occurs when putting on my socks if the hem snags under my heel pulling it upwards, or if I catch my heel walking down stairs – again pushing it upwards. I can also feel it beginning to hurt if sitting on a bed, beach or other flat service with my kneespulled up and that upward pressure on my heal.

I have sought help for this 3 times since it first begun in 1996 with physios and doctors and been told different things, such as’ it’s to do with a sciatic nerve’ or ‘small bone fragments form injuries floating around’. However, nothing has ever really got to the bottom of it or solved the problem.

I had sprained this previously but that was at least 6 years prior to the problem.

I really would appreciate any insight you may have as it’s a constant pain and problem, which I can work around but would like to at least be able to explain.

One Response

  1. Foot-com

    Thank you for your question.

    Without examining you and reviewing any of the tests that were done, it is hard for me to specifically say what is causing your pain. You will want to make sure that all neurological causes of pain have been ruled out. The sciatic nerve runs all the way from your hip down to the bottom of your foot, so any traction of tension on this nerve can cause pain.

    In addition, during ankle sprains sometimes nerves can get pulled or trapped, which can cause pain. If you have not seen a Neurologist yet, or had any nerve testing done, I would recommend discussing this with your Podiatrist. I would also discuss medications that can used to treat the symptoms of nerve pain.

    Good luck!

    Dr. Emily Splichal
    Please be advised: we do not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
    By law, we cannot give specific medical advice over the Internet.

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