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Is surgery the only way to treat a heel spur?

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Dr. James DeMeo
Orthopedic Surgery - Foot & Ankle
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. James DeMeo
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In brief: No

You should try nsaid's, steroid injections, splints, orthotics and a regular stretching regimen before surgery.

In brief: No

You should try nsaid's, steroid injections, splints, orthotics and a regular stretching regimen before surgery.
Dr. Johnnie Alston
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In brief: NO

Surgery is the last thing we do.
Stretching, night splints, rest via cast/boot, NSAID, cortisone shot, OTC or Rx insoles, formal PT are just a few things we do. ESWT is becoming popular, but sometimes has insurance coverage issues. Frequently, we say 90% get better w/o surgery. Also, make sure it's not an entrapped nerve problem, or a rheumatology problem as the cause.

In brief: NO

Surgery is the last thing we do.
Stretching, night splints, rest via cast/boot, NSAID, cortisone shot, OTC or Rx insoles, formal PT are just a few things we do. ESWT is becoming popular, but sometimes has insurance coverage issues. Frequently, we say 90% get better w/o surgery. Also, make sure it's not an entrapped nerve problem, or a rheumatology problem as the cause.
Dr. Darrell Latva
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