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What's the treatment for a heel spur?
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3 doctors agree
In brief: many different ways
Take pressure off of pto, change the way the foot is working with supports.
Compresses to area and stretching exercises.

In brief: many different ways
Take pressure off of pto, change the way the foot is working with supports.
Compresses to area and stretching exercises.
Dr. Steven Frydman
Dr. Steven Frydman
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Antiinflamatories
Heel spurs generally don't hurt.
What does hurt is the plantar fascia (arch) ligament connected to the heel. This becomes inflamed and that hurts. If you tolerate them, Ibuprofen or Naproxen can reduce inflammation, but the foot needs support or it will likely happen again. A podiatrist can fabricate orthotics (custom arch supports) which support feet nicely and help prevent reoccurrence.

In brief: Antiinflamatories
Heel spurs generally don't hurt.
What does hurt is the plantar fascia (arch) ligament connected to the heel. This becomes inflamed and that hurts. If you tolerate them, Ibuprofen or Naproxen can reduce inflammation, but the foot needs support or it will likely happen again. A podiatrist can fabricate orthotics (custom arch supports) which support feet nicely and help prevent reoccurrence.
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
Dr. Bradly Shollenberger
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Few things
I would start with stretching and icing regimen.
Anything to stretch the calf will help. Orthotics foryour shoes. Anti inflammatory medication and steroid injections are the main treatment options. If these do not work surgery may be warranted.

In brief: Few things
I would start with stretching and icing regimen.
Anything to stretch the calf will help. Orthotics foryour shoes. Anti inflammatory medication and steroid injections are the main treatment options. If these do not work surgery may be warranted.
Dr. Johnnie Alston
Dr. Johnnie Alston
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Dr. Jason Rubin
Podiatry
In brief: Treat if painful
Heel spurs should only be taken out surgically if they are associated with chronic plantar fasciitis or symptomatic insertional Achilles tendonitis.
Plantar calcaneal heel spurs rarely ever cause pain but can be taken out as a last line of treatment for plantar fasciitis. If the heel spurs do not bother you then you do not need to treat them.

In brief: Treat if painful
Heel spurs should only be taken out surgically if they are associated with chronic plantar fasciitis or symptomatic insertional Achilles tendonitis.
Plantar calcaneal heel spurs rarely ever cause pain but can be taken out as a last line of treatment for plantar fasciitis. If the heel spurs do not bother you then you do not need to treat them.
Dr. Jason Rubin
Dr. Jason Rubin
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