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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • May 27, 2008
  • 08:11 AM

I am a medical student..My mother is 47 years old.. for the past four months or so she complained of heel pain..the pain increased progressively..the pain gets aggravated by walking on bumpy or rather stony roads..
no particular relieving factor.Another thing that she is complaining of is burning sensation in the same area and this has been for the past one month..she has no loss of sensation in the area..she has not recieved any trauma in the concerned area..can u please help with the diagnosis???

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  • Look up Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. Joan
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  • I don’t know if this is what your mum has, but a similar story happened to me 10 years ago (I was 40 then). I started to feel soreness in my heels, especially when I got out of bed in the morning. Then it got worse and I had constant pain and a burning sensation in the soles of my feet. After a while I got even worse. I could not walk at all and developed the same condition in my hands (palms). A month later my twin sister developed similar symptoms, but not as severe. Two weeks later her husband (a doctor himself) had a very mild variation on the same theme, but his symptoms only lasted for two weeks. I couldn’t walk for 6 months. I had a mild swelling around the heels (the wrinkles that normally are there were gone) and the afflicted areas were a bit more reddish than normal. I went to six different doctors, all thought I was crazy (one actually asked me if I had been raped and did not want to believe me when I said I hadn’t). A college of mine is a radiologist, and she run MRI on my feet and one could clearly see on T2-weighted pictures that there was a thin inflamed layer under the skin.I talked to three people who had experienced something similar and nobody could ever figure out what was wrong. My theory is that a stomach flue started it. Our whole family had been skiing in France and we had had a horrible stomach infection. We had the infection about two months before our feet symptoms and I also developed a severe vertigo before my feet symptoms (the vertigo lasted for about a month and slowly disappeared). It took three years before I recovered completely. Today my feet soles are wrinkled as usual. At the time I searched Medline for weeks without finding anything published. You could check a blood test on your mum for stomach infections, like Yershinia, Salmonella, Shigella. It would be interesting if she‘s positive. If your mum has the same thing as I had, the prognosis is good, but it may take some time.Good luck to you both!
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