I've been having pain in the heel

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I read the article on plantar fascilitis available here but I don't think it's that. I'm 23, play soccer, ping pong despite having a sedentary lifestyle (9-to-5 job plus more freelancing laptop job). The pain is in the left foot, where you'd hit to score a backheel goal and I don't score with like that. 

The pain builds up when I'm walking after being a seated position for like 1 hour+ and also during certain sprints. It goes away on its own; it's like a broken bone, aching type pain but manageable. 

Do I need to see a doctor?

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    Just to clarify, is the pain on the bottom (underneath) the heel or at the back of the heel?

    Although there are classic planter fasciitis cases, there are definitely times when an individual case of PF varies from the "classic" description but would still be classified as PF or at least treated the same way.

    Your comment about feeling the pain after being seated for an hour or more makes the PF alarm go off.

    Regardless, the first few steps you take when you stand up are critical for everyone, whether they're experiencing pain or not.

    As an athlete you'll get the following analogy: would you go play soccer without stretching? Likely not. The same should be applied to your feet. When you're sitting the ligaments, tendons, etc. get tight as you're not supporting the full weight of your body. But when you stand up, suddenly your feet are forced to carry your full body weight, not to mention the increased pressure applied when you walk or run. 

    This can wreck havoc on the feet. One place that's affected the most is the heel as it takes the brunt of the punishment (its the first part of the foot that touches the ground). One of the first things you can do is be as careful as possible when standing, especially when you've been resting. There are even stretches that can be performed on the heel before standing. 

    ...I always recommend seeking the advice of a medical professional but if time, insurance or others are preventing you, I'm happy to provide some other options.

    Good Luck,



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