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About six months ago, I started wearing orthotics. Last summer, I stopped wearing them and started wearing open heel sandles (because of the heat of the day) I got a sharp, very localised pain at a particular point on the inside of the heel on the left foot after two days. Occasionally stabbing pains up through the ankle occured if I ignored it. It was on the side of the heel, just a milimetre up from the part of the heel that touches the ground when standing still. Walking intensified it, resting eased it. After three weeks complete rest it began to go away. Recovery seemed complete. But a very similar complaint has now reemerged. The pain is somewhat less focused, but still localised. It now feels like Ive been for a very long walk – the heel ‘aches’. Sharp stabbing pains occur if I don’t rest the foot. Podiatrist speculates nerve damage, no obvious remedial action. I went back to the Orthotics after the two days in the Summer, but after the most recent episode, I give up on them – they seem to have caused the problem. What are my prospects for full recovery?

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  1. I posted the message below last November. Sarah Miles seemed to try to reply, but there is no answer in her reply message – only a repeat of my original message. Here are my developments. I have continued not to wear the Orthotics and my left foot seems to be getting better. I try to walk more and more and it responds well. I still get the occasional stabbing pain and more recently there was a sensitivity all along the arch, but it seems to be getting better and more walking seems to improve it.The problem now is the reason I started wearing the Orthotics in the first place was (on advice from a Physiotherapist) to try to deal with a burning sensation in the tip of my right big toe which would come on if I walked for more than an hour a day and which responded to being rested in an elevated position. The Orthotic must have eased that because it has come back much more strongly since I stopped wearing the Orthotic. I don’t know what to do now about the original problem and physiotherapist and podiatrist admit they have run out of ideas.

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