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Heel Spur (Definition)

A true heel spur is the projection of bone from the main body of ...Read more


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How can I tell if I have a heel spur or a splinter in my heel area?

How can I tell if I have a heel spur or a splinter in my heel area?

Heel Pain: A heel spur can easily be diagnosed by having an x-ray taken of the heel. A splinter, if superficial, could be seen by the naked eye. If it's deep in the heel, an ultrasound may be more useful in finding the splinter since wood isn't easily spotted on x-ray. ...Read more

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How to treat a heel spur?

How to treat a heel spur?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Will taking calcium worsen or improve my heel spur?

No effect: A heel spur is a calcification of the attachment of the plantar fascia (on the bottom) or the achilles tendon (in the back). These are the result of long-term mechanical overuse and have nothing to do with calcium supplementation. The suprs themselves are responsible for pain in perhaps 1% of patients. Many people have large spurs with no pain and a great deal of pain, yet no spur. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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