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what are the symptoms of a heel spur? is tbere an age group where it is most common?

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Dr. Arthur Rein
Internal Medicine 40 years experience
Heel pain: Heel pain is common in patients with a spur, or hook of bone that forms on the bottom of the heel. This condition is most common in middle age men and women, but can occur at most any age. The symptoms are generally worse after prolonged sitting or with the first steps after getting out of bed on the morning.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Heel spur: While more attention is usually paid to the heel "spur" that you can see on an x-ray, the real problem is excessive strain and weight-bearing on the ligaments of the sole of your foot (plantar fasciitis). This is usually felt as moderate to severe pain at the front part of your heel bone. It is more related to your weight and the amount of time spent standing, than to one's age.
Dr. Alan Ettinger
Podiatry 49 years experience
Pain : In the heel worse after rest. Pain is usually worse in morning when you arise.

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A 27-year-old member asked:

What is the procedure for removing a heel spur?

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Dr. Robert Mihalich
Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery 21 years experience
None: Heel spurs typically do not cause pain. Therefore, the procedure should not be done unless you have had the opinion of an orthopedic surgeon trained in foot and ankle.
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What is a heel spur?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Bony growth on heel: A heel spur is a bony growth usually at the insertion of the plantar fasscia of the foot. With continued stress on the foot, the bony growth can grow to a point of causing pain. It has a "beak like" appearance. If you are having problems see an orthopedist, foot and ankle specialist or a podiatrist.
A 49-year-old member asked:

How to treat a heel spur?

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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine 23 years experience
Rest, ice, NSAIDs: The heel spur is a sign that there is traction on the bone, but is rarely the cause of the pain. Plantar fasciitis is usually the culprit. Sudden increases in pain can be treated with rest, good supportive footwear, gel heel cups, ice massage, stretching of the calf muscles and anti-inflammatories (nsaids). All ot these can be done on your own. Of course, physicians can add many treatment measures.
Dr. David Laha
Dr. David Laha commented
Podiatry 38 years experience
Agree with Dr Holmes. In our office we use a good supports instead of heel cups. Using a night splint is very helpful. Custom orthotics used if OTC are not adequate. NO weightbearing fitness activity until well.
Jul 18, 2012
A 39-year-old member asked:

What is the remedy for my heel spur and plantar?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Stretchinig/good sho: Heel spurs and heel pain are usually due to plantar fasciitis. This is treated with a good stretching program, ice, good shoes with good arch supports, perhaps heel cups and maybe night spiints. Most of this can be done by the patient but if not responding, may need to see pcp, pt, orthopedist, podiatrist and or orthotics specialist. This can be helped!
A 42-year-old member asked:

Are all diagnostic tests for heel spur done locally? What are they?

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Dr. Mathew John
Podiatry 23 years experience
Xray: Heel spurs are visible on a lateral view of a plain film xray. Often heel spurs are an incidental finding and the pain actually occurs due to inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament attachment to the heel and heel spur.

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