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A 33-year-old member asked:

How do you get rid of calcium deposits on achilles tendon?

3 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Therapy: Try therapy first. If not painful, then don't worry about it. If painful, proceed with therapy for eccentric contraction exercises and deep tissue massage. Ultrasound and electrical stimulation can also help. Anti-inflammatory medicine can help with inflammation pain. Surgery is the last resort if symptoms persist.
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Dr. Peter Ihle
Dr. Peter Ihle commented
Orthopedic Surgery 56 years experience
old adage from my Mentor. " there is no orthopedic problem so bad, that it can't be made worse by surgery".
Sep 6, 2013
Dr. David Tobin
Podiatry 40 years experience
You don't: These are forever, unless painful don't worry about them.
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Dr. Devon Glazer
undefined 22 years experience
They way Podiatry addresses them is through surgery, but surgery is generally not needed unless painful. Orthotics may help as well.
Sep 7, 2013
Dr. Jeffrey Bowman
40 years experience
Only way: To get rid of them is surgery but i would wait until you can't stand the pain. If on back of heels its called a retro-calcaneal spur. Rest, ice, compression, elevation and nsaids may he.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019

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