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I have been having trouble with my feet/legs for a couple months now...

Hello, I have been having trouble with my feet/legs for a couple months now. Day to day it usually shows itself in feet hurting more then normal, to the point nothing can touch them even if in bed at night, for long periods of time with seemingly no reason. If I try to run sharp pain will shoot up my legs to the point that I feel paralyzed with pain. I have tried working with a personal trainer in order to combat this but have seen no improvement. Daily stretching, loosing weight etc hasn't seem to have given any relief. I have not seen a doctor so far about it. Any tips you could give me?

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The answer

The symptoms you have described may be plantar fasciitis, or it could also be an issue with circulation of your lower legs. Treatment will depend on diagnosis so we would suggest seeing your GP to assess you. Plantar Fasciitis is thickening of the tough band of tissue that runs under the sole of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the bones of the foot. This essentially acts as a shock absorber for the foot. If this is plantar fasciitis then regular pain medications and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are recommended if you can tolerate ibuprofen type medications. Also avoiding walking or standing for long periods, stretching your calf muscles and the plantar fascia is suggested, physiotherapy can help with appropriate exercises, the use of support devices in your shoes can be helpful and well -fitting shoes are also recommended. Surgery to release the fascia can also be used if all other treatments fail. If this is a circulation issue, you may need testing to assess the blood flow to your lower legs, initially with Doppler studies and possibly more invasive testing if an issue is found. Management of circulation issues usually include support stockings, medications and in time surgery to improve your circulation. Diagnosis by your doctor needed at this will dictate treatment. Hopefully this will help you,

Answered by the Health at Hand nurses