Hi, I am not a dr. but have had foot problems for many years because I have never driven my whole life, and have allways walked a lot, and I mean miles per day. About two years ago I had severe pain in my left heel area esp when I first got up in the morning, and my dr. diagnosed it as Plantar fascitis. It is very common condition. I was referred to Physical therapy where they showed me stretching exercises that helped with the pain, and also how to wrap the heel of my foot which allso helped with the pain. It took several months, but it is better now.
As for the leg pain, it can be lots of different things, from muscle cramps, to something like Varicose or spider veins to PAD. Depending on your age and leg symptoms, your legs may need to get evaluated. I would get the Plantar Fascitis treatment first, then after a month or two see if the leg pain is any better. I had leg pain also but it improved after the Plantar pain got better.Sometimes people don't respond to the exercises or wrapping of the heel and may need a injection in the foot, and or antifinflamatoroies, the dr. can be the best judge of your foot. It can take several months and there are lots of things you can do to help re prevent it from reoccuring.
If you have any extra weight it will only make the condition worse. I have 20-25 extra pounds, and it makes my feet as well as my back and now my knees worse. iT doesnt' take much extra weight to make your joints feel overlaoded.Also make sure you are wearing comfortable shoes with good support and take your shoes off when you can. Stetching your legs and toes and arching the heels are good exercises as well. See your dr. to see what advice he can give you. Good luck.
THANKS FOR THE ADVISE I GO TO THE DR EVERY MONTH FOR MEDICATION FROM MY ACCIDENT WHERE I BROKE MY NECK AND HAVE PAIN FROM SCAR TISSUE. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE TAKING CARE OF THIS IS NOT BEING ABLE TO WORK AND NO INS. SO I'M FIGHTING MY DISABLILITY AND WAITING ON A HEARING SO UNTIL THAT HAPPENS I'M STUCK I WILL TRY AND ASK THE DR ABOUT SOME OTHER WAYS OF RELIEVING THE PAIN BUT UNTIL I GET MY DISABILITY SEEING AND TAKING CARE OF ANYTHING IS ON HOLD I WAS JUST WORRIED ABOUT THE LEG PAIN BECAUSE FROM WHAT I READ IT'S MAINLY IN THE FOOT IT DOES NOT SAY ANYTHING ABOUT GOING INTO THE LEGS SO I GUESS I'LL HAVE TO TALK TO THE DR A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT THIS. I ALSO DO NOT DRIVE AND DID ALOT OF WALKING I DON'T HAVE A PROBLEM WITH WALKING UNLESS I DO ALOT OF IT MY MAIN PAIN COMES FROM WHEN I LAY DOWN FOR A FEW MINUTES OR WHEN I GET UP IN THE MORNING OR SIT FOR ANY LENGHTH OF TIME THEN WHEN I TRY AND GET UP AND WALK THE PAIN HITS AND I HAVE TROUBLE WALKING FOR A FEW MINUTES THEN I'M O.K. BUT THANKS AGAIN FOR THE ADVISE AND WILL TALK TO THE DR. SOME MORE ABOUT THIS.
good morning scared, i've also got Plantar fascitis and from my reading about it Fluffypurcat was right on. good luck Phill