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    Hello Dr. Corenman,

    My question has to do with walking on your heels. What does it mean if you are unable to keep your foot up while walking on your heels?

    What does this tell the doctor about your spinal health?

    What therapy would most likely be helpful?

    Thanks for your attention to this matter,

    Best Regards

    Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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    Heel walking is mediated by the gastroc/soleus group of muscles (the calf muscles). These are innervated by the S1 nerve. Inability to walk on your heel could indicate that these muscles are weak from nerve root compression. However, there are many other causes of inability to walk on your heels. Therapy is based upon the cause of the inability to heel walk.

    Dr. Corenman

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    Dear Dr. Corenman,

    I fear that maybe my left-side is impaired from something happening in my brain or spine. It does seem as if my entire left-side is somewhat less muscular. True I am right-handed, but I have noticed many differences on my body, even the feeling of being “fat” on the right-side.

    I have been doing PT though nearly everyday. My energy is increasing. Your insight is invaluable and so welcome to me. I will always be grateful to you. Someday, I hope to return the favor.

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