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A 42-year-old member asked:

how do you treat heel spurs on your own ?

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Dr. Joseph Newman
Podiatry 32 years experience
A few things.: Stretching exercises, such as the runner's stretch are very beneficial. Making sure your shoes are not wore out. Adding arch supports to your existing shoes can also help. You may take an over-the-counter antiinflammatory medicine, but if these measures do not help, see a podiatrist.
Dr. Stuart Plotkin
Podiatry 42 years experience
Difficult: You can try to change your shoe type, add an OTC arch support, try OTC Advil or Aleve (naproxen) or a gel heel protector, stretch your calf muscle

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is treatment for heel spurs?

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Dr. Brandon Macy
Podiatry 41 years experience
Keep in mind: That most commonly the pain of heel spurs is actually plantar fasciitis. Spurs rarely need to be treated, as they aren't on a weightbearing surface. Pf is an inflammation of the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel. Spurs are a calcification of this attachment. Treatment is a combination of orthotics, stretching, icing, cortisone, night splints and more. Surgery is infrequently needed.
A 42-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of heel spurs?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
See below.: One of most common causes of heel pain. Heel pain bottom or back of heel or arch while bearing weight. Often the first attempt at weight bearing on the foot is especially painful. As you walk the pain tends to level off somewhat. If rest again same thing happens. The spur itself is not the source of the pain or the cause of the problem. Normally poor biomechanical support is the issue.
A 32-year-old member asked:

Does anybody know a good treatment for heel spurs at home?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
A few things.: Ice, heat, stretching exercises to stretch back of legs and plantar fascia. Massage can help. Rest. See podiatrist if this is nit helpful.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are the different ways to treat heel spurs?

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Dr. Ronald Oberman
Podiatry 31 years experience
Many ways: Stretching, injections, taping/strapping, physical therapy, orthotics/shoes, anti-inflammatory medication, shockwave therapy and in rare cases surgery.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Is there an reffective way treat my heel spurs?

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Dr. John Callahan
Podiatry 24 years experience
Plantar fasciitis: Heel spurs or traction enthesipathies almost never cause heel. Plantar fasciitis is the cause of your heel pain the spurs are merely a consequence of the foot elongating and the intrinsic muscles of the foot pulling at their origin and creating a reactive bone growth. Most people have them and they never cause pain. If you want relief see a podiatrist and have a pair of custom made orthotics made.

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