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it's a spur, dammit

Posted by Jenny on 3/04/99 at 00:00 (005239)

Hi fellow sufferers

I went to the doctor (the unhelpful one) on Tuesday to find out what my recent x-rays had shown. Confirmation, it is definitely a spur. He repeated that nothing can be done about it, and when I asked about being referred to an orthopaedic specialist as he had suggested previously, he said 'not yet, wait and see, if it is worse in a month's time then we will think about it'. Well, 'WE', some of us, mainly ME, decided that WE will not go back to this particular doc, I'll try someone else because even if he is right, and nothing can be done, he's very offhand. His only good suggestion was not taking any more anti-inflammatories (Ibuprofen) because I said that they had not helped in the slightest. He suggested instead to get some Ibu cream to rub in, instead of taking things, which I might in fact try, why not, what the hell.

However, I must admit that some days have been a bit more comfortable, since I have been clumping around in the Birks most of the time. With them on, I can almost walk 'normally' or as near normal as it is possible to do with yeti-feet on! Most mornings I wake up feeling as if this might be THE day when it has actually gone - mornings are my best time, the foot doesn't ache at all until I've been up and about for a couple of hours. During the day it steadily worsens. But not every day. Yesterday it hurt like hell, the day before I was hardly limping.

Well, one thing I have learned from this site, if nothing else - this whole thing is unpredictable and peculiar, and a damn nuisance!

Best wishes to everyone, and may your hobbling decrease - soon.

jl


Re: it's a spur, dammit - me too - but there is hope!

Diane R. on 3/04/99 at 00:00 (005255)

Don't despair... I too have confirmed spurs on both heel bones and had severe PF for about 4 yrs. Birks worn 100% of the time along with being careful did the trick for me. My pain is gone. I am as back to normal as anyone with PF can be. If I stand 8+ hrs on my concrete floor at work my feet hurt - but in a day or 2 if I am reasonable and keep wearing the birks I'm o.k. again. In other words, I can no longer abuse my feet the way I did 10 yrs. ago and expect to just be as good as new the next day, but I don't wake up to pain, I don't limp and I can go for walks, do shopping, hiking and fun stuff again. So there is hope even with spurs. The spurs do not cause the pain I am told, instead they are a body reaction to the inflammation in the PF area. Good luck to you... keep up with the birks and you'll do better and better with time and patience.

Re: it's a spur, dammit

scott on 3/04/99 at 00:00 (005257)

Get your x-ray from his office and make your own appointment with an ortho. Type a list of your history, symptoms, and things you've tried and what works and doesn't work, and give it to the ortho when you see him. They can read more than they can listen in the 2 minutes they give you and you won't forget to tell him anything.



Re: it's a spur, dammit-Scot-right on and...Dr.'s give less than 2 minutes sometimes!

Diane R. on 3/06/99 at 00:00 (005289)

Scott - 2 minutes is right! I tried to go the orthopedic route with my recent rotator injury. What a joke. After the 2 min. in his office he sent me for physical therapy with a scribbled note that gave no instructions - only the words 'torn rotator/tendonitis' on the sheet. The PT then proceeded to crank on my arm to the point of my almost throwing up and fainting with the pain. Upon calling the doctor to ask about advisability of anymore PT and to discuss getting the MRI he casually mentioned - I waited 3 days and he still did not call me back. His nurse said 'he's been really busy and that my file was still on his desk with the notes to call me'. Well it's been over 2 weeks since that call and he still has not returned my phone call. Needless to say, I will not be going back to him and instead went the chiropractic route - with great success - really doing well with only 2 weeks of (5 total) treatments! I am done for now and go back in one month for a follow.

Re: it's a spur, dammit-Scot-right on and...Dr.'s give less than 2 minutes sometimes!

BJ on 3/06/99 at 00:00 (005292)

PT will help but it takes several visits - with each visit you will increase your stretching. The first PT I went to I had your first experience, I did not go back. A few weeks later I went to a different PT. (My insurance would not pay for Chir.) The second time the PT said not to continue if I had pain, only push to that point. She would first do ultrasound, heat, excerise then ice. I was given the band to work at home. Relief came slowly but now I's about 90% pain free. I have found the same to be true with PF. I have not gone to PT, but an ORTHO. gave excerises and said to ice. That along with this site has been a God-sent

Re: it's a spur, dammit - me too - but there is hope!

Diane R. on 3/04/99 at 00:00 (005255)

Don't despair... I too have confirmed spurs on both heel bones and had severe PF for about 4 yrs. Birks worn 100% of the time along with being careful did the trick for me. My pain is gone. I am as back to normal as anyone with PF can be. If I stand 8+ hrs on my concrete floor at work my feet hurt - but in a day or 2 if I am reasonable and keep wearing the birks I'm o.k. again. In other words, I can no longer abuse my feet the way I did 10 yrs. ago and expect to just be as good as new the next day, but I don't wake up to pain, I don't limp and I can go for walks, do shopping, hiking and fun stuff again. So there is hope even with spurs. The spurs do not cause the pain I am told, instead they are a body reaction to the inflammation in the PF area. Good luck to you... keep up with the birks and you'll do better and better with time and patience.

Re: it's a spur, dammit

scott on 3/04/99 at 00:00 (005257)

Get your x-ray from his office and make your own appointment with an ortho. Type a list of your history, symptoms, and things you've tried and what works and doesn't work, and give it to the ortho when you see him. They can read more than they can listen in the 2 minutes they give you and you won't forget to tell him anything.



Re: it's a spur, dammit-Scot-right on and...Dr.'s give less than 2 minutes sometimes!

Diane R. on 3/06/99 at 00:00 (005289)

Scott - 2 minutes is right! I tried to go the orthopedic route with my recent rotator injury. What a joke. After the 2 min. in his office he sent me for physical therapy with a scribbled note that gave no instructions - only the words 'torn rotator/tendonitis' on the sheet. The PT then proceeded to crank on my arm to the point of my almost throwing up and fainting with the pain. Upon calling the doctor to ask about advisability of anymore PT and to discuss getting the MRI he casually mentioned - I waited 3 days and he still did not call me back. His nurse said 'he's been really busy and that my file was still on his desk with the notes to call me'. Well it's been over 2 weeks since that call and he still has not returned my phone call. Needless to say, I will not be going back to him and instead went the chiropractic route - with great success - really doing well with only 2 weeks of (5 total) treatments! I am done for now and go back in one month for a follow.

Re: it's a spur, dammit-Scot-right on and...Dr.'s give less than 2 minutes sometimes!

BJ on 3/06/99 at 00:00 (005292)

PT will help but it takes several visits - with each visit you will increase your stretching. The first PT I went to I had your first experience, I did not go back. A few weeks later I went to a different PT. (My insurance would not pay for Chir.) The second time the PT said not to continue if I had pain, only push to that point. She would first do ultrasound, heat, excerise then ice. I was given the band to work at home. Relief came slowly but now I's about 90% pain free. I have found the same to be true with PF. I have not gone to PT, but an ORTHO. gave excerises and said to ice. That along with this site has been a God-sent