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Pin pricks in the back of the heel

 Poster: A snowHead
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Hi all,

Last year I saw a physio about hip pain I was getting and at that time I also had some weird pin pricks on the back of my heel (on the same leg) when stretching. Both the hip and heel was diagnosed as nerve related caused by the sciatic nerve being compressed and not sliding properly as my hip rotated. I was given some stretches to do and after a while it cleared up.

However recently I was doing a single legged deadlift (not an exercise I have done a lot of) and the heel pain suddenly sprung up (on the other foot) when I was as full extension, ie stretched hamstring and calf. It was sore enough that I stopped what I was doing and felt like something was amiss.

I've continued to exercise now as it doesn't present unless I'm at full stretch on an exercise like the above. Before I bother the physio/dr about this is it something others have had and are there any things I should consider?

Thanks, RobJ.
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Hi @RobJ
Seems to me that having had the problem on one side and having successfully treated it; whatever was causing the original issue has probably shifted focus to the other side as the original side is now stronger and more flexible. No matter how careful we are to balance our recovery physio, it seems (subconsciously) we often pay more attention to the affected side therefore recreating an imbalance and potential for further injury. If the physio you did before worked on the original problem (and the symptoms are the same) I would do that AFTER at least a week of resting it. I don't mean bed rest (!) just no more weights/squats etc. Gentle cycling/walking might beneficial as long as not recreating symptoms. NSAID's (ibuprofen) - if you can take them - might be useful if you have swollen muscle compressing the nerve. Sciatica it tricky so hopefully you be able to nip it in the bud by treating it now. I would still go see your physio esp if going skiing soon... Good luck with it.
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Thanks Frank, hear you on the anti-inflammatories and the imbalance in recovery.

I've got a Physio booked for Friday now. It's a different one I'd been to, my inclination is that the initial diagnosis was incorrect and that that pin pricks are muscle rather than nerve related. Anyway I'll present my symptoms the the physio with trying to lead them and see where I get to.

The last few weeks I've been pretty sedentary, finishing some essays and exams for my MBA. After having virtually no exercise my knee has started to ache now too. My toe rag sister says I'm getting old, I don't believe her Smile it's just under use.
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@RoboJ, Glad you are getting a second opinion especially if you don't have confidence in your original diagnosis. I have to say my initial thought re the heel was a connective tissue problem rather than nerve - but I don't think it's appropriate for me to contradict a clinician who has actually laid eyes (and hopefully hands) on the problem. That is not to say your nerve problem in your hip didn't contribute to your heel by way of you altering gait etc to protect the hip.
Things to discuss/find out when you see new physio: Do you have particularly tight calves? Full ROM in lower body joints? Can you always pin point and or recreate symptoms?
Things I'm wondering: Have you ever had an Achilles injury or planter fasciitis? Nothing can beat a face to face consultation especially when diagnosing soft tissue stuff so it is good you are seeing someone else too. Glad you've been able to rest it. Has that helped the heel symptoms? Gentle exercise and stretching will be beneficial unless this causes flare up in symptoms. Hate to say it but you're toe rag sister is probably right Confused I seem to be falling to bits rolling eyes
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@RoboJ,

A straight legged deadlift will stretch the sciatic nerve and compress/ stress the disc in your back.

Try anti inflammatories ( if you can tolerate them) get to a physio and try to keep moving/ going.

You may need stronger painkillers from your doctor. TENS machines can make the pain more tolerable

Jonathan Bell
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Could be nerve damage Sad hope you get it sorted.
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Hey all, been a busy few weeks, sorry no update. Visited the physio 4 weeks ago and within minutes he determined it was nerve related. The position of my head, either forwards or backwards made a difference. He was surprised at how it presented and said it was very unusual.

In the way of treatment I bathed my feet alternately in hot then iced water to shock the nerves... seems to have done the trick.

I would have put money on soft tissue damage before my appointment... the body is a wonderful yet odd thing sometimes Smile

Thanks for all your time!
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@RoboJ,

The position of my head, either forwards or backwards made a difference.

That's called a slump test.
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