I suffer from chronic heel pain and have for about 13 years now. It started after I got out of Basic Training. I was discharged after Basic due to severe blistering of my feet, and the stupid medic cut the blisters off, leaving them to infection, and an extremely long, and painful healing process. Less than a year after I was back home, the pain started, first in my right heel. It would get so bad that I almost couldn't walk at all, and it would feel like someone was hammering a nail the size of a railroad tie through my heel. Then the pain started in my left heel as well. So I went to my doctor (I had insurance at that time), and he said it was nothing major, that I had tinitis in my heels, and I would be fine. So I have gone on with my life. The pain eventually began to ease in my left heel, but it has done nothing but worsen over the years in my right heel. The longer I stand or walk, the more crippling the pain becomes. I can no longer wear shoes unless I heavily pad them. Today was an especially had day. Because I have to shift my weight with the pain, I am feeling more pain in my right knee and hip too. If I stretch my toes back toward my knee, I feel a horrible burning and it's red hot, and the pain is terrible. I know that means a ligament is affected. I don't have insurance, but I suspect that if the pain gets any worse, or the pain in my knee and hip start to get worse, I think I am going to end up needing knee surgery. I already have nerve damage and a host of other health problems, but it's really rather depressing when the pain just doesn't fade. My daughter has magic hands and she will rub my heel to ease the pain, and she tried to massage it tonight and I was in tears, and that was AFTER taking ibuprofen! The pain some days just feels like it's too much. I'm just having a bad, painful day, and I needed to get it off my chest. I hurt so much all the time. I don't know what to do about it, or if there is anything that I even CAN do about it. If I can get insurance, I know cortisone shots may be a possibility. Sorry if I sound like a whiner, I'm just hurting so much today. Yesterday it was my hands that ached so bad it actually took my mind off my foot for awhile. I have two severe forms of nerve damage in my hands, carpal tunnel and another one I can't spell, but it's DeQuervon's Tinicinovitis. Affects both major nerves of the hands. As well as a Ganglion cyst on my left wrist, and not the fluid filled kind either. So my hands were hurting yesterday, and today, my heel is killing me. Just needed to get that off my chest as I sit here and cry from the pain.