Summary of Chapter 17
Think of the magic of the foot, comparatively small, upon which your whole weight rests. It’s a miracle.– Martha Graham
Nicole was a gorgeous, 34-year-old woman who had recently traded her days sitting at a desk as an advertising account executive for a new job as a pharmaceutical rep. Her new job entailed walking at least 12 miles a day while carrying heavy ice machines and other sales materials. To make this easier, she switched from the high-heeled shoes she had worn working in advertising to elegant, simple flats. This may sound like a healthy idea for Nicole’s feet, but it was actually a problem because she had high arches. As a result, the flat shoes caused heel pain that continued to get worse over the course of a few weeks.
She tried to ignore the pain and kept working until she finally hit her breaking point. That’s when she came to my office complaining of a sharp, shooting pain in her heel. She said it was worse in the morning when she first got out of bed and that by the end of the day her entire leg ached. When I did an X-ray, I could actually see the jutting out of the calcium from the heel, a condition that’s called a heel spur. Because it affected her entire leg, I suspected that the heel spur was inflamed. For someone who had to be on her feet for many hours every day, it was no wonder why she was in so much pain.
In this chapter of My Feet Are Killing Me Dr. Levine explains:
- Why does the skin on your heels dry out and crack so easily?
- What skin conditions can contribute to dry feet and heels?
- What’s the best way to treat cracked heels?
- What is the most common cause of heel pain?
- What causes a heel spur?
- How can you ease the pain of plantar fasciitis and a heel spur?
- What else can cause heel pain?
- Real Patient Recap: Nicole is now pain free and in better overall physical shape than before due to Dr. Levine’s wisdom and thoughtful recommendations.