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pressure on heels

Afternoon pals! Well its June and im sitting wrapped in a fleece blanket with the CH on…rediculous innit!

Right, my reason for posting.

This morning, as my carer lifted my left foot to put my socks on, I yepled in pain. it really was painful…not had this before. The pain was in my ankle bone and heel. She took a look at it and said it looks very red and sore. So I then told her about my right heel…no pain, but very uncomfortable in bed sometimes. it sort of feels like it is stuck in a dip.

She looked at that one and said it is red like the left. Now this carer used to be an auxilliary nurse and was used to dressing pressure area/sores. She thinks it is being caused by the fact that I can now only sleep on my back, due to sore shoulders when lying on them. I also get painful areas on my back when lying down. I have a profiling bed and so sleep with the head and knees up.

Carer says she will keep a close eye on it and put sudocreme on daily. She advised me to speak to the district nurses about it. I googled the subject and see that sheepskin protectors are used for the problem. Oh, I am also going to ask about a pressure relieving mattress.

Anyone have any experience/advice for me, please?

luv Pollx

Hi Polly, as I look after people with severe learning difficulties and physical difficulties I have come across this problem numerous times. I have one young lady at the moment with exactly the same issue, she can only lay on her back to sleep and her heels are very sore, I purchased on behalf the sheepskin heel protectors to help with the friction that is casing them to be sore. I also have a gel cushion that is placed under her feet at night. For severe problems with bed sores you can get air filled mattresses which run on a pump distributing the pressure. Hope this helps. Karen xx

Thanks Karen. You`re a sweetheart…always trying to help me out, bless you!

I`ve been looking on ebay, at sheepskin heel protectors…not too expensive. But I feel I should see a district nurse /GP before buying anything myself. Been in the situation of just buying stuff without seeking advice and and made matters worse for myself.

So I`ll take your advice and see what i may be given.

luv Pollx

Hi, I have really sore heals - both feet. The doc says its ‘faciatis’ i cant remember the word before it ! its an inflamation in the heal and i’ve to take ibuprofen to take the pain away. it does help, but it doesnt take it away for long. The Doc seemed very surprised I had it, I’n going to speak to him again when I see him next. It does help if i’m wearing soft healed slippers, the pain is worse if i don’t have shoes on in the house, it’s really bad if im walking bare foot in the garden!!!

I hope you find out soon what/why soon !

keep smiling

cath x

Hi Cath

Do you mean ‘Planter Fasciitis’?

I have this, my heels get really sore first thing in the morning and after I have been on my feet a long time. It is something to do with inflammation of the ligaments on the arch of the foot. I have found that specialist insoles to raise the arch of the foot have helped. I got mine from a shop called Shuropody, they were about £30 but they work.

Hope this helps x

Hi Poll, your welcome still sussing out scales for you xxxx

Cheers all for your replies and advice.

As I dont walk .now, my heel pain is different from Sparky and caths.

Anyway, Ive just ordered some medically approved lambswool heel protectors for bed. £9.90 incl P&P, so that wont break the bank!

Aren`t I the glamorous one…granny nightie, hammock pad, belly warmer nix and the lovely heel sox! Wow! But I do still have me own teeth!

luv Pollx

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Hi Cath

Do you mean ‘Planter Fasciitis’?

I have this, my heels get really sore first thing in the morning and after I have been on my feet a long time. It is something to do with inflammation of the ligaments on the arch of the foot. I have found that specialist insoles to raise the arch of the foot have helped. I got mine from a shop called Shuropody, they were about £30 but they work.

Hope this helps x

[/quote] Yes , mrs, Planter Fasciitis !! that’s it ! although I have it on both feet, the most pain is on my right foot which is my drop foot, foot !! I’m going to speak so the doc again about it soon. See if he can suggest something too !!

thanks again

keep smilin

Cathx

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Cheers all for your replies and advice.

As I dont walk .now, my heel pain is different from Sparky and caths.

Anyway, Ive just ordered some medically approved lambswool heel protectors for bed. £9.90 incl P&P, so that wont break the bank!

Aren`t I the glamorous one…granny nightie, hammock pad, belly warmer nix and the lovely heel sox! Wow! But I do still have me own teeth!

luv Pollx

[/quote] you made me laugh Poll ! i go to bed in some rediculous sights too ! i gave up on the glam look and now its what ever makes me comfy !!!

like you say, at least you still have you own teeth !!

keep smiling

Cathx

oh, damn !!! my heels are are killing me !!!