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Bottom of heel pain

I've been wearing barefoot shoes for the last three months. I've only lightly exercised but am having some sharp pain now on the bottom of my heel. The pain is somewhat to the inside and a little higher than the very bottom of the heel. The pain is worse if I try to stretch to touch my toes.

Any suggestions? I tried going back to stabilized running shoes for walking but this actually made things worse, presumably because I heel strike in these shoes.

Thanks for any help!

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Disclaimer: I am in no way a podiatrist! But this does sound like achilles tendonitis. Nothing to do with impact, which is why padded shoes don't help, tho a greater drop should be reducing strain on it. If it were me, I'd give it a couple weeks of reduced use, ice, and anti-inflamatories, and if that didn't help, see a doctor or physiotherapist.

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