Heel pins & needles

Jan 12th, 2014

Luke asked The Guru for the following Physiotherapy Advice:


I recently ran a half-marathon which went well. However after about 8km I developed pins and needles in my right foot which although annoying didn’t cause any discomfort and I finished the race fine.Some hours after finishing I developed a pain in the same foot which hurt to walk on. The pain was around the right hand side of the heel area. Didn’t hurt at all apart from when weight was put on it.I rested for a week or so and it was fine so went for another run and the same thing happened (several times now). I’ve tried changing my running shoes and not doing them up so tight, but this doesn’t seem to have made a difference.


Jan 12th, 2014

The Guru Responded:

Hi Luke

Odd place to get P&N’s – on the outside of your heel – not up your calf (could be sciatic nerve), along the sole (nerve relating to a specific nerve root in your back), on the top of your foot (laces too tight) or around the inside of the heel (median plantar nerve – associated with plantar fascial issues).

So odd is good! There are plenty of superfical cutaneous nerves that can get squished when running and they stay pretty reactive for a few weeks after….not just one.

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