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I have a posterior Achilles heel spur. What do you recommend other than surgery?

I have a posterior Achilles heel spur. What do you recommend other than surgery?

Padding: You can pad the back of your shoes to keep the heel from rubbing too much. You may also try heel lifts to take pressure off the achilles tendon and keep it from rubbing the spur so much. Anti inflammatory medication would be helpful as well.

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Heel Spur (Definition)

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Is surgery the only way to treat a heel spur?

Is surgery the only way to treat a heel spur?

Heel spur: There are several non surgical therapies to treat heel spurs. You have injection therapy orthotics, and a course of nsaid's all of which can be effective in treating heel spurs, and are non surgical. However if these non surgical options fail they surgery is indicated.

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Should I have surgery on a heel spur?

Should I have surgery on a heel spur?

Surgery: As long as you have tried and failed several different types of conservative therapies, then surgery is warranted. Heel spur surgery can be very successful when performed on the right patient.

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I had heel spur surgery. ;can the pain come back?

I had heel spur surgery. ;can the pain come back?

Yes: Heel pain is predominantly treated non-operatively. (about 95%) of the time. The research shows that plantar fascia release or heel spur surgery (unless done for nerve symptoms) has about a 50% success rate. So it is quite possible to have recurrence of symptoms.

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How long is the recovery from heel spur surgery?

Depends: It depends on the type of surgery. It can be anywhere from 1-6 weeks.

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Heel spur surgery, how much does it cost and is it worth it?

Heel spur surgery, how much does it cost and is it worth it?

Price Varies: Cost varies depending on specific procedure and where done. If conservative care does not help then surgery is an option that does well to relieve pain.

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I have pain on the outside of my foot. Dr said it was Achilles' tendon heel spur. How can this be if the swelling and pain are on the side?

I have pain on the outside of my foot. Dr said it was Achilles' tendon heel spur. How can this be if the swelling and pain are on the side?

GOOD POINT: That's a good point. A retrocalcaneal spur should hurt directly behind the heel bone. Talk to your doctor again; make sure he/she knows exactly where the pain is located, and ask them this same question.

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What is the best way to treat a heel spur fracture? 6 weeks without bearing weight or surgery for removal of the broken spur?

What is the best way to treat a heel spur fracture? 6 weeks without bearing weight or surgery for removal of the broken spur?

Usually conservative: If this is truely a fracture to the heel spur on the bottom of the heel, then conservative care will usually resolve the problem. Cast boot, icing, nsaids, limited standing and walking and elevation often, will usually resolve the problem. This may be weeks to several months. After much improvement, then good shoes and supports, stretching and gradual return to normal activities. Most do well.

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Surgery on my foot due to plantar fasciitis, heel spur, tumor on nerve about 2wks ago. Painful still. Dr. Gave me a shot of cortisone didn't help. Next?

Surgery on my foot due to plantar fasciitis, heel spur, tumor on nerve about 2wks ago. Painful still. Dr. Gave me a shot of cortisone didn't help. Next?

Follow up: With your surgeon, let them know your condition. Be patient but concerned. 2 weeks post- op is still considered part of the healing time.

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Heel spur on back of foot &below back of foot. Achilles tendinitis visible bump on the side opposite of the ankle. Been years. Pains unbearable. Help?

Sick Achilles.: Your comments sound like the findings of a previous x-ray exam. I'm not sure what is meant by "bump on the opposite side of the ankle". If it is in the Achilles tendon, then extreme pain, could make sense. It sounds as though there is something amiss with your Achilles tendon. It would make sense to immobilize the ankle, and begin non-weight bearing until tendon imaging studies can be performed

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Just had surgery on my foot due to plantar fasciits, heel spur and nerve damage which caused me a lot of pain. Found a tumor on the nerve. What is that?

Just had surgery on my foot due to plantar fasciits, heel spur and nerve damage which caused me a lot of pain. Found a tumor on the nerve. What is that?

Neuroma: A neuroma is a thickening of the nerve due to repetetive trauma. They typically remove the nerve that will cause some numbness, but the trade off is that the pain is gone. These are almost always benign.

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Is there a way to get rid of heel spurs without having surgery?

No, but...: Heel spurs rarely need to be removed. They are responsible for pain perhaps 1% of the time. They are not on the weightbearing surface of the heel and represent a calcification of the plantar fascia. Most times the pain is plantar fasciitis, which cna be treated successfully 95% of the time by non-surgical methods.

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What can I do to cure heel spurs without surgery?

The following:: Achilles stretching plantar fasciitis night splints intrinsic muscle exercises orthotics formal physical therapy shockwave treatment injections (platelet rich plasma, cortisone) shoe modifications time....

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How effective is surgery for the correction of heel spurs?

How effective is surgery for the correction of heel spurs?

Recommend: Conservative treatment first. Conservative care such as orthotics, possible injection therapy is highly effective. I would even consider prp, or eswt (shockwave) before considering heel spur removal.

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I have heel spurs (plantar fasciitis). Would surgery completely eliminate it?

I have heel spurs (plantar fasciitis). Would surgery completely eliminate it?

Last resort: Normally this is a last resort since this is caused by improper biomechanical support. Injections, taping, orthotics and stretching exercises are often successful. Surgery to remove spur and release tension on plantar fascia can be considered if other measures do not work. Diagnosis should be re-evaluated first. Surgery if often but not always successful.

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10 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed. And I still have pain and swelling. Is this normal?

10 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed. And I still have pain and swelling. Is this normal?

Up to 6 months: The surgery that you had can take up to six months to heal. Other post operative pain treatments could include the use of a TENS unit and or MLS laser treatments.

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I am 14 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed and reattachment. And I still have pain and swelling?

I am 14 weeks post-op left Achilles tendon surgery. I had tendonitis and heel bone spurs removed and reattachment. And I still have pain and swelling?

Up to 6 months: Achilles tendon surgery such as what you had can take up to six months to heel. Suggest MLS Laser treatments for the pain and swelling. Other treatments could include the use of a TENS unit, as I am sure you have had physical therapy.

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Achilles Tendon (Definition)

Your achilles tendon attaches from your calf muscle to the ...Read more