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Bone spur and Plantar fascitis in left foot from accident that fractured entire left side of body. Severe pain left outside of foot, under+behind heel.

Bone spur and Plantar fascitis in left foot from accident that fractured entire left side of body. Severe pain left outside of foot, under+behind heel.

Lots of possibilitie: s. Plantar fascia disease, damage to Baxter's nerve, arthritis from trauma, ununited fracture, tendon disease, etc. you need a good ortho evaluation and, possibly, X-rays/MRI. ...Read more

Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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Heel Pain (Definition)

Is most commonly caused by an inflammation of the plantar fascia (plantar fasciitis), but by no means is it the only cause. There are many, many things that can cause your heel to hurt, and the only way to find out which one it is is to visit a podiatrist or orthopedist. A good history and physical together with x-rays and sometimes an MRI ...Read more


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I have pain in my left heel for a month now. How can I tell if it's plantar fascitis or a bone spur or a fracture of the heel bone? Thanks.

I have pain in my left heel for a month now. How can I tell if it's plantar fascitis or a bone spur or a fracture of the heel bone? Thanks.

A spur and fascitis: Are for all intents and purposes treated the same way. A xray lets you know if the spur is present, and fascitis is said to be diagnosed via ultrasound or MRI as having fascia with a thickness greater than 3mm.
A fracture usually presents different from the others. Pain usually doesn't ease up as you start to walk on it, and there is pain on compression of the heel. An MRI helps make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have heel pain on the right side of my left heel. Hurts even when resting. It's on the bone so doesn't seem like plantar fasciitis. What could it be?

I have heel pain on the right side of my left heel. Hurts even when resting. It's on the bone so doesn't seem like plantar fasciitis. What could it be?

Varies: There are a number of other possibilities, the more common of which include tarsal tunnel syndrome, a calcanesl stress fracture, a tendinitis of the Achilles' tendon to name a few. Don't hesitate to be seen for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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Bone spur on a finger? I thought only heels got spurs?

Bone spur on a finger? I thought only heels got spurs?

Likely bony spur.: Bony spurs develop as one gets older, from wear and tear on joints, etc. These are bony projections that form along joint margins. This can also happen in the neck and spinal column. Spurs can also appear on the feet, along toes, the heel, as well as on the hands. In extreme cases bone spurs have grown along a person's entire skeletal structure. They're important since they can be near nerves. ...Read more

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I've heard of bone spurs on the heels, but can someone get bone spurs in the knees?

I've heard of bone spurs on the heels, but can someone get bone spurs in the knees?

Yes.: Bony spurs develop as one gets older, from wear and tear on joints, etc. These are bony projections that form along joint margins. This can also happen in the neck and spinal column. Spurs can also appear on the feet, along toes, the heel, as well as on the hands. They can grow along a person's entire skeletal structure, including the knees. They're important since they can be near nerves. ...Read more

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Bone spur "side of heel", treatment?

Need more info: In order to answer this question more information is needed. Some bone spurs are dealt with conservatively and some are surgical issues. I would recommend you see a podiatrist for evaluation and treatment options. ...Read more

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If I have a bone spur on my heel, does it have be cut off to get rid of the pain?

Heel spur: No. Heel spurs are caused by plantar fasciitis. And should not be removed. If the plantar fasciitis is treated it will alleviate the heel pain. ...Read more

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Will a bone spur on heel go away on its own?

Will a bone spur on heel go away on its own?

No: A heel spur is a bone deformation of the heel seen in apron. 30 % of people over 50y/o. It can not go away unless it is cut out. ...Read more

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My friend has a bone spur in the heel of foot, is it dangerous?

My friend has a bone spur in the heel of foot, is it dangerous?

PLANTAR FASCIITIS: No, it is not dangerous, but it can be very painful. Spurs can either be on the back or bottom of the heel; on the back, it can cause Achilles tendinitis, on the bottom, it can irritate the plantar fascia, causing plantar fasciitis, especially noticeable those first few steps in the morning. There are many ways to treat plantar fasciitis.
Regards,
Dr. Latva ...Read more

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How common is it to get bone spurs and plantar fasciitis in both feet?

How common is it to get bone spurs and plantar fasciitis in both feet?

It is common: With the other symptom you are presenting with you should be evaluated for some systemic condition which may be causing the symptoms however. ...Read more

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Are there any vitamins, minerals that can help diminish bone spurs or plantar warts?

Are there any vitamins, minerals that can help diminish bone spurs or plantar warts?

No.: You can try over the counter wart removers, but I've seen them do more harm than good. Other options your doctor might offer include cryotherapy (freezing the wart), electrocautery (burning the wart), laser treatment, or several topical chemical treatments. If the treatment is typically uncomfortable, your doctor can numb the area before proceeding. Vitamins typically don't help. ...Read more

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I have a bone spur on my right ankle, would I need surgery? Or is another way to heel it?

I have a bone spur on my right ankle, would I need surgery? Or is another way to heel it?

Does it hurt: If it hurts you or if you have limitation, then surgery is the only way of removing the spur. Physical therapy could help with pain and range of motion but to remove the spur surgery is the only treatment. ...Read more

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How do I know if I have bone spurs on my heel. Every morning when I get up I cannot put weight on my left heal because it feels like there is a knife sticking in it. it eases off after a while but, never completely goes away. Is this a sign of a bon?

How do I know if I have bone spurs on my heel. Every morning when I get up I cannot put weight on my left heal because it feels like there is a knife sticking in it. it eases off after a while but, never completely goes away.  Is this a sign of a bon?

Heel Pain/Heel Spurs: The only way to know if you have heel spurs on your heels is with an x-ray. They can't be felt. With that in mind both plantar fasciitis and heel spurs will present the same way. You need to ice your heels, stretch your calves (before you get out of bed or after sitting), wear supportive shoes and probably need to see a foot doctor for more comprehensive treatment. ...Read more

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Very painful bone spur on the side of my heel. Podiatrist had me do stretches, injection, taping, anti-inflammatory, nothing worked. Now what?

Heel Spur: It sounds like you have received quite a bit of very appropriate treatment for your heel spur and I am sorry to hear that you're not better. Sometimes a series of ultrasound treatments may help reduce inflammation due to the heel spur. ...Read more

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Is taping with plantar facitis still effective with bone spurs present?

Is taping with plantar facitis still effective with bone spurs present?

Yes: Plantar fasciitis can respond to taping of the arch and foot despite the presence of a bone spur. Many times the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis comes not from the bone spur itself, but from the straining of the plantar fascia (the band of ligaments that go from the heel to the forefoot.) taping is certainly worth a try but be sure to consult with your physician to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a very small umbilical hernia and a bone spur in my heel. Would these make me fail a pre-employment physical?

I have a very small umbilical hernia and a bone spur in my heel. Would these make me fail a pre-employment physical?

Reassurance : No. Both of these small problems can not influence on your preemployment physical. But if your work requires heavy lifting you need to wear support for hernia just for your benefit. ...Read more

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I have incredible pain in my feet. Brownish dots going up ankles as well. I'm obese. Doc says I have bone spurs and plantar fasc. When will pain go away?

CONSIDER: Agree that plantar fasciitis and bone spurs could be issues, but if the pain is extreme, might wonder about a pinched nerve at ankle, "tarsal tunnel syndrome". You may need an EMG study. Fully endorse orthotics, which may relieve most of your issues. ...Read more

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My left ankle area swells, sometimes it hurts and it looks like it is broken. I had it x-rayed and the Doctor said bone spur and plantar fasciatis ...

My left ankle area swells, sometimes it hurts and it looks like it is broken. I had it x-rayed and the Doctor said bone spur and plantar fasciatis ...

Makes sense.: Swelling as you describe it is usually caused by an instability of the ankle. The edema is the body's way of using water to form a cast for increased stability. The issue is to find just why the stability is needed. Fasciitis and plantar spur can and often do cause pain which could cause you to alter your normal stance and gait. This change can change the way you ankle works and causes swelling. ...Read more

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Mother has planter fasciitis w bone spur,she took oral medications w IM injections and used silicon heel w exercises w stretch w Ice w rest w no good?

Mother has planter fasciitis w bone spur,she took oral medications w IM injections and used silicon heel w exercises w stretch w Ice w rest w no good?

That's a good strath: Hopefully it will help. If she has pain on the first few steps in the morning, a night splint ill help and generally speaking orthotics are good as well. ...Read more

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Is there any exercise or self treatment for a bone spur / bruised heel? I usually like to do all I can before going to doc!!

Is there any exercise or self treatment for a bone spur / bruised heel? I usually like to do all I can before going to doc!!

Yes: Ice your heels, stretch your Achilles tendon as much as possible. If you still have pain see a podiatrist for further stretching exercises. By the way a bruised heel is not really a bone spur. You have to see why you heel is bruised. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Is it unusual to have multiple areas with bone spurs? I've got or had them in my hand, heel, elbow, hips, big toe... I'm just a bone grower :-d

Is it unusual to have multiple areas with bone spurs? I've got or had them in my hand, heel, elbow, hips, big toe... I'm just a bone grower :-d

Consult: I suggest you see a rheumatologist. You need to be tested to see if you have a systemic problem causing these spurs. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


Bone Spurs (Definition)

Bone spurs, or osteophytes, are bony projections that form along joints, and are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion ...Read more