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

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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Dr. Johnnie Alston
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In brief: Pallative treatment

If the spur, also called a pump bump, is bothering you in your shoes you can use a horseshoe shaped pad to pad the heel of the shoe so the shoe does not rub on the bump.
Changing shoegear may also be in order. If it is not painful, just leave it alone. Sometimes ice can reduce the irritation and make it feel better.

In brief: Pallative treatment

If the spur, also called a pump bump, is bothering you in your shoes you can use a horseshoe shaped pad to pad the heel of the shoe so the shoe does not rub on the bump.
Changing shoegear may also be in order. If it is not painful, just leave it alone. Sometimes ice can reduce the irritation and make it feel better.
Dr. Robert Breiner
Dr. Robert Breiner
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Dr. David Lemme
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Heel cord stretches.

Bone is made where there is increased stress.
By reducing stress in the achilles tendon by stretching, the spur can improve and even resolve. Stand on the edge of a step and allow your heel to lower down until you fell the pull (often painful) in the back of the ankle and calf. Hold the stretch for 10=15 seconds and repeat on the other side. Do 3-4 cycles 2x/day. It will improve in 4-6 wks.

In brief: Heel cord stretches.

Bone is made where there is increased stress.
By reducing stress in the achilles tendon by stretching, the spur can improve and even resolve. Stand on the edge of a step and allow your heel to lower down until you fell the pull (often painful) in the back of the ankle and calf. Hold the stretch for 10=15 seconds and repeat on the other side. Do 3-4 cycles 2x/day. It will improve in 4-6 wks.
Dr. David Lemme
Dr. David Lemme
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Heel lift

Heel lift to take pressure off of tendon.

In brief: Heel lift

Heel lift to take pressure off of tendon.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Dr. Steven Frydman
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Dr. Ankur Dharia
Podiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Heel lifts

1/4" to 1/2" heel lift in affected limb. Calf stretching exercises.

In brief: Heel lifts

1/4" to 1/2" heel lift in affected limb. Calf stretching exercises.
Dr. Ankur Dharia
Dr. Ankur Dharia
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3 doctors agree

In brief: Lifts-streching-meds

A Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack can calm down the inflamation and pain.
A heel lift in both shoes will help take pressure off the area. Streching exercises will help to loosen the tightness of the tendon. Iceing can also help relive pain

In brief: Lifts-streching-meds

A Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack can calm down the inflamation and pain.
A heel lift in both shoes will help take pressure off the area. Streching exercises will help to loosen the tightness of the tendon. Iceing can also help relive pain
Dr. Lorry Melnick
Dr. Lorry Melnick
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Dr. Clive Segil
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: See below

A very accurate diagnosis to determine whether an injection in the right spot is needed.

In brief: See below

A very accurate diagnosis to determine whether an injection in the right spot is needed.
Dr. Clive Segil
Dr. Clive Segil
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Dr. Todd Schafer
Podiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Shoe modification

You can wear a heel lift in your shoe to raise the irritated area above the counter of the shoe.
You can also get serapen injections in the area of maximum pain.

In brief: Shoe modification

You can wear a heel lift in your shoe to raise the irritated area above the counter of the shoe.
You can also get serapen injections in the area of maximum pain.
Dr. Todd Schafer
Dr. Todd Schafer
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Podiatry

In brief: A heel lift

A backless shoe during the summer and topical antinflammatory cream.

In brief: A heel lift

A backless shoe during the summer and topical antinflammatory cream.
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
Dr. Jeffrey Kass
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