FAQ - Heel Spur
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Do you have to have surgery on a heel spur?


Say i have a heel spur. Do i have to have surgery on it?
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Some bodyworkers are trained to deal with these to offer relief, depending on severity and location. They can teach you home care. Some cases of spur can be reduced or eliminated, making surgery unnecessary. Heel spurs are frequently caused by a muscle/tendon pulling on bone and causing the bone to grow outward and build up a knot of more bone at the attachment area. It can also result from friction and inflammation causing calcified spot on the bone. Heel spurs are usually associated with " plantar fasciitis"

There are non-surgical treatments you can try first. There are orthotics, heel inserts, ultrasound, trigger point therapy, neuromuscular therapy. Surgery should be the last resort. Before you get cut just remember, to someone with a hammer, everything looks like a nail.

http://orthopedics.about.com/cs/generalinfo2/a/heelspur_2.htm
http://www.drdavidbartos.com/ourTreatments.htm#heelPain
http://www.arthroscopy.com/sp09001.htm
http://www.integrative-healthcare.org/mt/archives/2005/08/bodywork_techni.html  (+ info)

How do you get rid of the pain from plantars fasciitis and a heel spur?


I've been to the podiatrist, doing the stretching, ice and heat every few days, taking Mobic anti flammatory.. anything else I can do?
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Has anyone here had heel spur surgery, if so, how much does it cost and was it worth it?


I have a heel spur in my right foot. It is excruciating at times. The doctor gave me anti-inflammatory drugs, but they don't help much. I wear heel lifts and they don't help much either. I don't want to go around the rest of my life in pain.
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i cant remember clearly how much it costs but it was up there and yes it was worth it im so happy i got this done go do it now it is worth your time and money.  (+ info)

How can I tell if it's a heel spur?


I have had pain on my left heel for a couple of weeks now. At first it was in the front but now it is kind of all over the heel. It is worse in the morning and after i've set for a while. I can't seem to find a way to stretch out what ever I may have injured. Any ideas how I can correct this problem. I don't have much money and can't get new shoes yet. Probably another few weeks.
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Only Xrays will confirm the presence of heel spurs. You could also have plantar fasciitis.  (+ info)

I have a huge heel spur and planter fasciitis, will going to a chiropractor help?


I am very active, and although I do not run anymore because of the pain I teach 2 step classes a week, spin, and lift weights. i do not want to give any of this up, but can not seem to get rid of the problem. I have been to a pediotrist, someone reccomended a chiropractor to me.
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I had heel spurs years ago and I was given cortizone shots in my heels that really helped. Did the podiatrist offer that option to you?  (+ info)

I have a knot on the back of my heel. have had it for years. Is it what is known as heel spur?


I have had an extremely hard knot on the back of my heel for years. It is solid and has never given me any trouble. I have never had pain from it. I can take my fingers and it has a solid shape to it. I know that there is such a thing as a heel spur. Could that be what it is? It has a definite shape to it. It is about the size of a ball like we used to play jacks with. I have to wear shoes with the back out or a little big but only because of the size of it. I would like some helpful responses. I have received some really nasty responses in the past when I ask questions and all I want is information. Thanks again.
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It's very possible. there's nothing you can do about it anyway, except wear more cushioning if it should ever start to hurt.

A bone spur can happen if there is a bruise on the bone, or if something is pulling. heel spur is sometimes when the ligament that runs along the bottom of your foot is too sharp. It pulls on your heel, and the bone builds more, in defense. Sometimes you won't get any pain from the spur, and other times it will hurt to walk on it.
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How long should it take a chipped off heel spur to mend??


It's been 30 days, I still have some tenderness in my heel, stiffness in the morning, been walking with one cruch for the past few days. My calf muscle has shrunk in size, I was walking daily goiing to Curves and playing volleyball weekly, when do you suppose I can start up again, safely? I am on my feet at my job for 7 hours a day too, been off since this happened.
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Depends, if you don't put any weight on it at all, it'll take about 2 weeks to heal. It'll take longer if you do.  (+ info)

Can having heel spur cause other foot pain, besides the heel?


Have had two cortizone injections, that worked ok. Now I have just a little heel pain, however, the top of my foot and the arches of my foot are very painful. Especially 1st thing in the morning. And if I spend too much time on my feet, like housecleaning, etc. my foot kills me even worse for several days. Or even running around the yard with the dog, if it twists funny causes severe pain. Help this is really upsetting my life.
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It definitely can because it involves the nerves and it is likely that the same nerves being affected by the spur are the ones at the top and arches of your foot. Discuss this with your physician/podiatrist and see what more can be done to help.  (+ info)

Do you have a heel spur or what they call plantar fasciitis?


Mine hurts badly. I have a dr appointment wednesday to get it checked out. I just wanna know what you did (if you did anything) to help you out? It hurts.
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They are two different things. A heel spur is an overgrowth (or spur) of bone on the bottom of your calcaneus (heel bone). Plantar fascitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia which runs from your heel to your forefoot, along your arch on the bottom. Without knowing which one you have, it's hard to give advice. There are some non surgical options for plantar fascitis (massage, soaks, anti-inflammatory medication, steroid injections, night braces). Heel spurs are a little trickier; they would normally need to go in surgically and shave off or file down the little piece of bone that is overgrown on your heel; not a big surgery though. Your doctor (hopefully a podiatrist or orthopedic surgeon) should be able to diagnose it and put you on a treatment plan fairly easily. Good luck.  (+ info)

Anybody who is a runner get plantar fascitis or a heel spur? Any way to get rid of the pain or soreness?


fast so I can resume running? I have to wait a week to see a podiatrist and I'll gain too much weight if I stop running for that long. Anybody experience this problem that knows how to get rid of the pain right away?
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Try this first.

http://www.triggerpointbook.com/plantarf.htm

It's a massage technique helps relax important calf muscles that may be causing plantar fasciitis referral pain. Please let me know the result. I'm doing a survey to see whether or not plantar fasciitis issues are actual FOOT problems or trigger point related.  (+ info)

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