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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I am an active 64 woman with no prior health issues .I had the 2 Pfizer shots in 2021 and did not have any side effects. However In December 2021 I had the booster shot and the next morning could not walk on my left foot. I ended up having a superficial blood clot . My doctor recommended Advil and it eventually went away. However now, both of my ankle and feet hurt terribly when I walk. Every night I have pins and needles and numbness in my feet. The feeling is as if my feet “fell asleep”. I can not walk long distances without any pain. I never had this kind of ankle pain and have associated with a reaction to the booster. I am seeing a foot & ankle doctor next week. This is very concerning to me since I love to walk everywhere and now feel constant ankle and foot pain.

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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 Hoka recovery sandals are THE BEST! I've had plantar fasciitis in my left foot for decades, so I have researched and tried just about everything available. Vionic slippers and flip-flops are also quite good (their closed-toe shoes aren't as good). Vionic's have high arch support, but not as much cushioning as the Hokas. I aleady owned Hoka athletic shoes and hiking boots, so I got a pair of the sandals this summer and they are my exclusive indoor shoe.

The run impossibly wide and are truly hideous, but I don't wear them outside the house. I can wear thick, wool socks with them in the winter because they're so wide.

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I've had terrible foot pain for the past few days in my right foot starting on the side of my foot just below my ankle bone, radiating a bit into my arch. That starts just a few hours after going to bed. The second night it happened, I wasn't even asleep. I had just been lying in bed watching videos.

It's so painful, I can't put weight on it at all. I had my partner get me some crutches this morning. It does subside throughout the day with ibuprofen and ice. Yesterday, it was gone completely after about 12 hours, but it came back again in the night.

It never occurred to me that it could be a vaccine side effect until today when I talked to someone else who had that happen out of the blue. I got the Moderna booster on 12/11. I was very sick for about 3 days (migraine and couldn't eat because I as so nauseous). I also had sore lymph nodes. I had a slightly less severe reaction to Moderna shot #2 (sick just 25 hours) and zero reaction to shot #1 (except a sore arm).

I've had plantar fasciitis (PF) in my left foot for 30 years, and have done copious amounts of research (and treatments) for PF over the years. I know this new pain in my right foot is absolutely not PF. This new pain is even worse than PF, but then subsides dramatically after a few hours.

Even before it occured to me today that this new foot pain might be a vaccine side effect, I had concluded that it was vascular, though I've never had any vascular issues in my life.

Now that I've read a lot posts on this topic, it makes me wonder if a vaccine side effect is also responsible for terrible pain in both my thumbs. My doctor concluded that it was from computer over-use (definitely a possibility), but it didn't happen until just after I got shot #2 and it happened overnight. My right thumb hurt so much, I couldn't turn a faucet or open tube of mascara without shooting pain. The left thumb pain started about two weeks later. It came on suddenly — no slow ramp-up of symptoms (as you would expect with tendonitis from over-use injuries).

In fact, I thought for a month that maybe I had sprained my right thumb and somehow didn't know when it happened (as crazy as that sounds). It wasn't until I started searching for a brace online that I thought it *could* be arthritis, but an X-ray didn't suggest that I have enough bone deterioration for that to be the case, making the sudden thumb joint pain a mystery. I still sleep with braces on both thumbs, but they have caused me a lot of pain going on eight months now.

Sorry for the long-winded post! If anyone has ideas (pro or con), I’m open to hearing them.

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@lbee

I've had terrible foot pain for the past few days in my right foot starting on the side of my foot just below my ankle bone, radiating a bit into my arch. That starts just a few hours after going to bed. The second night it happened, I wasn't even asleep. I had just been lying in bed watching videos.

It's so painful, I can't put weight on it at all. I had my partner get me some crutches this morning. It does subside throughout the day with ibuprofen and ice. Yesterday, it was gone completely after about 12 hours, but it came back again in the night.

It never occurred to me that it could be a vaccine side effect until today when I talked to someone else who had that happen out of the blue. I got the Moderna booster on 12/11. I was very sick for about 3 days (migraine and couldn't eat because I as so nauseous). I also had sore lymph nodes. I had a slightly less severe reaction to Moderna shot #2 (sick just 25 hours) and zero reaction to shot #1 (except a sore arm).

I've had plantar fasciitis (PF) in my left foot for 30 years, and have done copious amounts of research (and treatments) for PF over the years. I know this new pain in my right foot is absolutely not PF. This new pain is even worse than PF, but then subsides dramatically after a few hours.

Even before it occured to me today that this new foot pain might be a vaccine side effect, I had concluded that it was vascular, though I've never had any vascular issues in my life.

Now that I've read a lot posts on this topic, it makes me wonder if a vaccine side effect is also responsible for terrible pain in both my thumbs. My doctor concluded that it was from computer over-use (definitely a possibility), but it didn't happen until just after I got shot #2 and it happened overnight. My right thumb hurt so much, I couldn't turn a faucet or open tube of mascara without shooting pain. The left thumb pain started about two weeks later. It came on suddenly — no slow ramp-up of symptoms (as you would expect with tendonitis from over-use injuries).

In fact, I thought for a month that maybe I had sprained my right thumb and somehow didn't know when it happened (as crazy as that sounds). It wasn't until I started searching for a brace online that I thought it *could* be arthritis, but an X-ray didn't suggest that I have enough bone deterioration for that to be the case, making the sudden thumb joint pain a mystery. I still sleep with braces on both thumbs, but they have caused me a lot of pain going on eight months now.

Sorry for the long-winded post! If anyone has ideas (pro or con), I’m open to hearing them.

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Are you still experiencing foot and ankle pain? As mentioned my booster was in December and the following day I could hardly walk. I also have had PF but this pain in the ankles is kind of similar when I walk. My feet go numb at night time when I am in bed and in the morning. I often wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and have to make sure the tingling in my feet subside so that I do not fall. I pray this will go away since I love to walk everywhere! I am curious how many other people have had this reaction and if so, how they are now?

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@karinlayman27

Are you still experiencing foot and ankle pain? As mentioned my booster was in December and the following day I could hardly walk. I also have had PF but this pain in the ankles is kind of similar when I walk. My feet go numb at night time when I am in bed and in the morning. I often wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom and have to make sure the tingling in my feet subside so that I do not fall. I pray this will go away since I love to walk everywhere! I am curious how many other people have had this reaction and if so, how they are now?

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My foot and ankle pain just started four days ago and after the second night it happened, it got MUCH better during the day. But yesterday it barely improved at all during the day. I was able to discard the crutches by late in the day, but I was moving very slowly. Now the pain is pretty much constant. I definitely need crutches this morning. I'me researching other maladies and have already discarded gout as a possibility because it's not really joint pain in my foot — it's the soft tissue below my inside ankle bone radiating down into my foot.

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@lbee

My foot and ankle pain just started four days ago and after the second night it happened, it got MUCH better during the day. But yesterday it barely improved at all during the day. I was able to discard the crutches by late in the day, but I was moving very slowly. Now the pain is pretty much constant. I definitely need crutches this morning. I'me researching other maladies and have already discarded gout as a possibility because it's not really joint pain in my foot — it's the soft tissue below my inside ankle bone radiating down into my foot.

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Actually you just described my pain. Also inside ankle tissue along bone is very tender. When I push on it..it hurts as if it is bruised .

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@karinlayman27

I am an active 64 woman with no prior health issues .I had the 2 Pfizer shots in 2021 and did not have any side effects. However In December 2021 I had the booster shot and the next morning could not walk on my left foot. I ended up having a superficial blood clot . My doctor recommended Advil and it eventually went away. However now, both of my ankle and feet hurt terribly when I walk. Every night I have pins and needles and numbness in my feet. The feeling is as if my feet “fell asleep”. I can not walk long distances without any pain. I never had this kind of ankle pain and have associated with a reaction to the booster. I am seeing a foot & ankle doctor next week. This is very concerning to me since I love to walk everywhere and now feel constant ankle and foot pain.

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I'm so sorry. I'm have same story.
I purchase a foot massage to help with the pain. I find that has been very helpful.

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@karinlayman27

Actually you just described my pain. Also inside ankle tissue along bone is very tender. When I push on it..it hurts as if it is bruised .

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i had that as well, get a velcro ankle brace and wear it day and night, it helps

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@dezhailey

I'm so sorry. I'm have same story.
I purchase a foot massage to help with the pain. I find that has been very helpful.

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Ok good to know . I will get them. But I really hope this pain goes away!

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I wanted to share my experience as well. After the Pfizer vaccine first dose, I felt excruciating foot pain in the entire sole of my foot. For a week, it was painful to walk, then it started subsiding over the next two weeks. Second Pfizer shot and foot pain began again and comes in waves. This has continued since October. I had no prior foot or lower extremity issues. I reported my case through VAERS. I’m 49, in otherwise good health, no regular medications. No one seems to have recommendations beyond massage which temporarily relieves or healthy eating/ arch support. I’m wondering if the RNA based changes (in certain vaccines )to how proteins are reacting has a long term effect and if there is any recommendation for an assessment of kidney/liver/heart function or if indeed some clotting issues occur after covid, maybe this is a similar reaction after vaccine. Maybe my circulation is being affected since the problem worsens after sitting still or sleeping without movement? Is there any type of scan or test that could check all systems for clotting or compromise of circulation? Very frustrated.

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@mbellelady

I wanted to share my experience as well. After the Pfizer vaccine first dose, I felt excruciating foot pain in the entire sole of my foot. For a week, it was painful to walk, then it started subsiding over the next two weeks. Second Pfizer shot and foot pain began again and comes in waves. This has continued since October. I had no prior foot or lower extremity issues. I reported my case through VAERS. I’m 49, in otherwise good health, no regular medications. No one seems to have recommendations beyond massage which temporarily relieves or healthy eating/ arch support. I’m wondering if the RNA based changes (in certain vaccines )to how proteins are reacting has a long term effect and if there is any recommendation for an assessment of kidney/liver/heart function or if indeed some clotting issues occur after covid, maybe this is a similar reaction after vaccine. Maybe my circulation is being affected since the problem worsens after sitting still or sleeping without movement? Is there any type of scan or test that could check all systems for clotting or compromise of circulation? Very frustrated.

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Your thought process makes sense to me – a hematologist would be able to recommend tests such as a complete blood count, serum calcium, creatinine, Free Light Chains, vitamin D levels, B levels, immunofixation, and 24 hour urine protein electrophoresis- etc that may help the evaluation for further testing focus. An internal med or holistic doctor may also give you a good approach for your suspicions.

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Yes! Exact same pain as you described. I thought it was plantar fasciitis too, but I’m on here researching if anyone else is having this. I got one shot of Pfizer 5 months ago. My heart rate went up to 120 beats per minute so I don’t want another.

The pain in my feet has not subsided. I’m trying to stretch and rest in my days off and I soak them Epsom salt etc. I wondered if the pain was because my muscles in my legs were tight and maybe pulling on something in my foot, like my tendons were shortening??

I’m starting to suspect the Pfizer vaccine causes something like rigor Mortis.. where muscles get stiff?? That’s what it feels like when I’m walking. I can’t even take a short walk without having to put my feet up for like 12 hours.

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