Heel pain after COVID-19 vaccine

Posted by kneadmuscles53 @kneadmuscles53, Apr 14, 2021

Five days before my first Covid 19 vaccine, after several hours of shopping and walking, I suddenly developed a bruised feeling under my right heel. Thinking it was from poorly fitting shoes, I next day switched to more padded and supportive shoes with a good arch support and gradually it began to subside. One hour after receiving my first vaccine shot, after sitting in my car all the hour, I stepped onto the parking lot to go shopping and felt the pain in my heel so strong that I couldn't walk! I sat down to stretch and massage my foot and then limped into the store to briefly shop. I lived very far away from any doctors, so wanted to stay close to the vaccine clinic for a while longer to make sure I had no serious side effects. For a few more days I researched causes of heel pain and called my doctor about it. I had guessed it was Plantar Fasciitis because the symptoms and relief from suggested therapies matched my own. My doctor suggested the vaccine caused inflammation and said to take tylenol if I needed it along with stretching, massage, icing and using arch supports. Two weeks after the second vaccine shot, along with intense self therapy, the pain is very gradually subsiding. It is very upsetting because I have never had any type of foot discomfort in my 72 years and some people in medical blogs said their intense discomfort wouldn't go away. Finally, yesterday I discovered wearing Nike Hyperdunk basketball sneakers with Heel the Pain inner soles completely eliminated the discomfort along with continuing the manual therapy. If it returns, I will visit my doctor. Is anyone else suffering from this condition and what is your story?

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Interesting. I had Achilles surgery in October 2020. I experienced complications with the surgical incision in December 2020. I have had increased pain, numbness, tingling and swelling. I had not considered inflammatory response from COVID.

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Yes..I'm in severe pain on both sides of feet…it's been 4months since my second covid jab .pfeizzer…pain getting worse…

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@lindahen

Yes..I'm in severe pain on both sides of feet…it's been 4months since my second covid jab .pfeizzer…pain getting worse…

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I meant both soles of my feet.

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If this is due to components landing in our feet from the delivery systems of the vaccine, there are some things you can try. First, nightly foot soaks in warm water with epsom salts. Second, echinacea tincture or capsules [ i use the tincture] this will aid the lymph system to remove the toxins. If you are able, lay on the floor next to a wall and at the hips lay your legs against the wall, this will give the maximum drainage of the lymph in your legs [stay for at least 15 minutes]. Always drink a lot of water to help the body flush what you have moved around.
I have had this problem for 8 months now and these tricks appear to be helping.

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I have had heel pain since my vaccination, but can't honestly say that it was a result of my vaccination because I have a history of foot pain related to plantar fasciitis and tendon inflammation.
Last spring I got my Covid10 shots, and i began walking outside when the pain returned, I was advised to always wear good shoes with arch support, never go bare footed, and to treat it as plantar fasciitis. I added an over the counter gel heel cushion for comfort. In June and August, I went hiking and I was surprised that if I wore my hiking boots that I had no pain! But can't /won't wear those everyday.
In July, my podiatrist suggested that I try a Recovery Sandal by HOKA . They provided arch support that I need, and cushioning for my heel. I don't usually name specific brands, but they worked for me and I could walk with out any pain at all while my heel recovered.

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@rosemarya

I have had heel pain since my vaccination, but can't honestly say that it was a result of my vaccination because I have a history of foot pain related to plantar fasciitis and tendon inflammation.
Last spring I got my Covid10 shots, and i began walking outside when the pain returned, I was advised to always wear good shoes with arch support, never go bare footed, and to treat it as plantar fasciitis. I added an over the counter gel heel cushion for comfort. In June and August, I went hiking and I was surprised that if I wore my hiking boots that I had no pain! But can't /won't wear those everyday.
In July, my podiatrist suggested that I try a Recovery Sandal by HOKA . They provided arch support that I need, and cushioning for my heel. I don't usually name specific brands, but they worked for me and I could walk with out any pain at all while my heel recovered.

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Thanks! I'm going to their site and order me a pair of their shoes to try – my heels & achilles tendons are very crabby right now from wearing flip flops and worn out walkers.
Sue

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@sueinmn

Thanks! I'm going to their site and order me a pair of their shoes to try – my heels & achilles tendons are very crabby right now from wearing flip flops and worn out walkers.
Sue

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The size runs large so you might order down a size. They are wide.

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Had my first shot noember 26th 2021 ie had pins and needles sensation in my left had and pain in my right heal since then it is now december 4th 2021.

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I’m sorry you are having these symptoms but you’re not alone…I am commenting to say the same thing is happening to me and a medical provider I’m friends with. For perspective I’m 30, active and have never had any trouble in the past with my Achilles. We’re both a little over 3 months out from vaccine. She got J and J and I got the Pfizer vaccine (I started showing the symptoms I’m posting about directly after first injection so didn’t get the second). Both of us have Insertional Achilles Tendinitis and like you neither of us have ever had trouble with our Achilles. On top of my Achilles pain, I’m also still having tightness of chest/sharp pains every now and then in the upper chest and I will get tingling in my hands and feet occasionally. (Needless to say these also didn’t start until after the vaccine.)

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I’m currently experiencing the same thing a week after my second dose of the vaccine. I’m not on my feet that much to have pain like this in my right heel and what made me look this is up; it was weird that it was only one foot in one spot.

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@zeuxis

Thank you all for posting this thread . It is very difficult to find any information related specifically on this topic . Severe right heel pain after Moderna vaccine . I am about to get my 3rd Dose Booster and concerned it will make this pain worse . Having significant plantar fascia ‘‘tis symptoms after Vaccine that I have never had before . The inflammation could be associated with my immune system which could be compromised by the vaccine ? Just a thought …. I have also experienced recurrent infrequent swollen lymph nodes in both arm pits weeks after both doses so far . I am taking traditional advise to correct PF symptoms, but this did not occur prior to vaccine and I have always worn a variety of quality shoes . I am interested to learn more about people having similar symptoms long term . Be well all

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curious if you got the booster? debating it.
I am still having pain in my heels and feet-so I have the same worry. I also did have swollen lymph nodes in arm pit area for a few weeks after both doses-but nothing since then.
I am kinda iffy on the whole PF thing- I have found that I do much better wearing the barefoot shoes and actually in my heeled boots and dress shoes-my cooshy shoes bother me the worst-pain is almost immediate.

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@franksimmons

I had the maderna vaccine on 1-23-2021, three days later I couldn't get out of bed because of severe joint and muscle pain. All joints except my ankles. Episodes would come and go. I had second vaccine 2-20-2021 and around the middle of March the pain is still persistent and sometimes extreme and does not seem to be getting any better. Has anyone HAVE any advice?

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Had the Moderna booster on 12/23. Can barely tolerate the burning/aching pain in both my ankles and heals…almost intolerable to walk. No injury or previous problems with my feet!

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