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A 22-year-old member asked:

Been 6 months and im still trying to recover from heel spur. have tried exercises, inserts , rest & still lots of pain. whats next? am flat footed.

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Dr. Bruce Prager
Sports Medicine 44 years experience
Heel spurs: First, most pain from heel spurs come from the plantar fascia, not the spur itself. Do not let someone talk you into getting surgery. I have been doing ortho for a long time and I have never operated on a heel spur, but i see quite a few of them in practice. I tell patients on day one that it can easily take a year to resolve. Keep on with heel stretching and shoes with a good heel counter.
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Dr. Daniel Farber
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 26 years experience
See your doc: If you've been doing all the right things for 6 months without improvement then it may be time to consider other options (injections, formal therapy, surgery). However, heel pain can last a long time and waiting rarely causes bigger problems if the discomfort is bearable.
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Last updated Jan 26, 2016


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