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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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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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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. ...Read more

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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.... ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is a heel spur?

What is a heel spur?

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. ...Read more

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What is a heel spur?

Bone spur on heel: A bone spur on the heel can be on the bottom of the heel or the back of the heel. Based on the location and the pain the treatment can be different. The most common is the bottom of the heel and here are some resources. www.centralmasspodiatry.com/heel I you want to clarify the problem let me know ...Read more

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What's good for a heel spur?

Spur No Spur.: Probably the better question is "what's good for heel pain?". Heel spurs do not necessarily mean a person is going to have heel pain. Not having heel spurs doesn't necessarily mean that there is no heel pain. Go figure. So, you are not really treating the spur, but actually the inflamed fascia. There are many theories as to how this should be done. Seek a specialists evaluation and success rate. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a heel spur?

The most common: Symptom pattern is called post static dyskinesia--pain that is worst when you first stand up. This happens when you first get out of bed int he morning and can happen even when you've been sitting down even for a few miniutes. The plantar fascia stiffens from the inflammation [spurs themselves rarely are the cause of pain] and you feel it as it streches. ...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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