Heel Spurs what helps you?

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   Posted 6/9/2008 8:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Does anyone have heel spurs? I guess It's actually something else called planter ----------- and that gives you the spurs and that's what hurts. Does anyone have any ideas to get some relief. My feet aren't too bad, but my husband is going through a lot of heel pain now as hee is on his feet a lot at work. When I lost some weight mine got a lot better.
2002 Carpal Tunnel Surgery, Plantar fasciitis, Migraines / Daily Headaches, 2005 Gastric Bypass surgery (200 lb weight loss), 2006 Hernia repair (due to wls), one week later complications and an emergency surgery Bowel obstruction, March 2008 another Hernia repair, chronic back and leg pain all over muscle pain (doctors say it's related to fast weight loss and loss of laxity in muscles etc, Nerve damage / pain in back legs and arms / hands, herniated discs and spinal stenosis in lower back, high blood pressure, anemia, constant throbbing/rushing/heartbeat sound in right ear(doctors have no idea what this is), anxiety and depression most likely related to chronic pain.

Have been on so many different medications! Currently 75mg Fentaynal patch, 600mgs Neurontin 3xday, Immitrex as needed, Avapro, Prozac 80 mgs, percocet for break through pain as needed, Skelaxin as needed, Zanaflex (at night to sleep and muscle Relaxer)

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   Posted 6/9/2008 8:24 PM (GMT -6)   
H, hopeless,
I've had plantar fasciitis (sp?) off and on since the mid 90's. Back then, I did some PT, learned some stretching, and changed to supportive shoes (Birkenstocks in the summer, other supportive shoes w/inserts in winter) and all that helped but what finally got rid of it was losing weight. Not even a lot - I lost about 25 lbs. Since then I noticed when I even put on another five or more lbs., it comes back. And since I've not been able to exercise since my surgery and have thus put on about 10 lbs - guess what? Back again! So all those things help. Shoes to start with. Worn out or shoes that lack support are just going to make it worse. Maybe consult a physical therapist to learn exercises, and to make sure you have the right shoe inserts. And for me it was also the weight loss. I've got to work on that again, as I know that would be one less pain when I get out of bed in the morning!

Good luck!


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   Posted 6/10/2008 3:30 AM (GMT -6)   

It is not hopeless I suffered for many years. Had cortisone shots ,three pair of three hundred dollar inserts and nothing worked. The surgery at that time was really bad and Dr. did not reccomend it. Then several years later he told me about a new laproscopic procedure that could be done. So I went in one day surgery and was able to walk right out as soon as anesthesia wore off. They make two half inch incisions on both sides of the heel and cut some of the ligaments on the heal to releave the pressure. It really worked great. A few months ago I started having the same problem on the other foot. So again I went to a podiatrist. Different one since the other had retired. He preformed the same surgery, plus a hammer toe and bunion, and again was able to walk right out . It's been about 5 weeks now and all is well. Just a little swelling on the hammertoe but the heal feel great. Check into it I"m sure you will be glad you did . good luck june

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   Posted 6/10/2008 3:32 AM (GMT -6)   
P.S. Forgot to tell you there are no stitches involved only two bandaids.

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   Posted 6/10/2008 5:03 PM (GMT -6)   
My grandmother had surgery for heel spurs two years ago. As june17 says, no stitches, in and out of the hospital like that.
To stand and be still at the Birkenhead Drill is a mighty bullet to shew.

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   Posted 4/17/2013 9:36 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Palady. I am misty. I got planter fascitis in both feet for two years now. I tried everything to cortozone shots to special shoe,s and incerts. I all so tried night splints. Nothing worked. I finally got surgery in the right foot. They took out the heel spur and released the fascia. Its been 5 weeks and my foot is still in a lot of pain. Did you have the surgery to? If you did what kind and how long did it take for the pain to go away? I all so like to know if your feet got worse when it rained? Misty.

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   Posted 4/17/2013 10:22 PM (GMT -6)   
For PF, lots and lots of gentle stretching, roll a frozen can of beans under your foot. If nothing else works, try ESWT, then surgery.
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