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Heel spur please help!!

Posted by Sheri M on 5/04/01 at 17:20 (046636)

Hi,
I had heel spur surgery on April 6th 2001, I was on crutches for one week, and then was basically told that I could put weight back on my foot after that. It is almost 4 weeks after surgery, and my foot pains me BAD! I can barely walk or stand for any amount of time, and then if I sit for a little while (like driving in the car, or watching t.v. or even going to bed) I can barely stand up because the pain is so bad in my foot, it is like the bones in my foot stiffen up and need to be walked on for a few minutes for me to be able to get past the pain. I have seen my doctor 3 times since surgery and he really has nothing to say about why this is happening. I almost wish that I didn't go through with the surgery as I'm in additional pain now in my foot whereas it was bad before but was only in my heel. Is this feeling normal and what should I do. I am having trouble working due to this, since I am on my feet all day at work. Please Help!! Thank you

Re: Heel spur please help!!

Dr. Zuckerman on 5/05/01 at 06:47 (046668)

Wow,so much pain

Heel spur surgery can take six months or more to heal . Rest is a big key. Talk to your doctor about getting into a physical therapy program

Re: Heel spur please help!!

Holly on 5/05/01 at hrmin (046685)

Hello,

I am an active Walker/Hiker. I started the new season with some old walking shoes. Ever since my heel really hurts if, using it to much. I have tried ot ice it but it seems to come back. What are some exercises I can do? Or any suggestions. So I can get back to my exercising.

Re: Heel spur please help!!

Dr. Zuckerman on 5/05/01 at 18:03 (046714)

Hi,

Proper shoe gear , proper stretching is very important. If you have injured your foot then rest and stop walking for now is very important.
Rest, stretching, proper shoes are a first line of treatment starters

Re: Heel spur please help!!

Julie on 5/06/01 at 05:50 (046751)

Holly, try NOT to use your heel too much. If you have plantar fasciitis, you need to rest the fascia: it is torn and inflamed and needs rest in order to heal. This takes time. You should really consult a foot doctor - podiatrist or orthopaedic specialist in feet and ankles. Icing will help reduce the inflammation, but though helpful, it isn't a permanent solution.

Here are some thoughts:

Read the heel pain book for information and ideas. (Check out Part 2 for advice on taping, which can be very helpful.)
Rest! No hiking for the time being.
Stretching is helpful for some people, but you need a proper diagnosis and biomechanical evaluation before you start an exercise programme, so go easy for now.
Do not go barefoot, ever: the fascia and your arches need constant support. Many of us find Birkenstocks helpful.
You may need orthotics if you have biomechnical faults - these will be determined by a proper evaluation.
Be patient. If your pain has started only recently, and if you get off your feet as much as possible, and if, as I imagine, you are young, you will probably heal fairly quickly - perhaps a couple of months if you're lucky. If you try to hike through the pain, you will prolong the process and the condition may become chronic.
Keep reading these message boards for information - and support. You will get a lot of help here.

All the best, Julie

Re: Heel spur please help!!

Dr. Zuckerman on 5/05/01 at 06:47 (046668)

Wow,so much pain

Heel spur surgery can take six months or more to heal . Rest is a big key. Talk to your doctor about getting into a physical therapy program

Re: Heel spur please help!!

Holly on 5/05/01 at hrmin (046685)

Hello,

I am an active Walker/Hiker. I started the new season with some old walking shoes. Ever since my heel really hurts if, using it to much. I have tried ot ice it but it seems to come back. What are some exercises I can do? Or any suggestions. So I can get back to my exercising.

Re: Heel spur please help!!

Dr. Zuckerman on 5/05/01 at 18:03 (046714)

Hi,

Proper shoe gear , proper stretching is very important. If you have injured your foot then rest and stop walking for now is very important.
Rest, stretching, proper shoes are a first line of treatment starters

Re: Heel spur please help!!

Julie on 5/06/01 at 05:50 (046751)

Holly, try NOT to use your heel too much. If you have plantar fasciitis, you need to rest the fascia: it is torn and inflamed and needs rest in order to heal. This takes time. You should really consult a foot doctor - podiatrist or orthopaedic specialist in feet and ankles. Icing will help reduce the inflammation, but though helpful, it isn't a permanent solution.

Here are some thoughts:

Read the heel pain book for information and ideas. (Check out Part 2 for advice on taping, which can be very helpful.)
Rest! No hiking for the time being.
Stretching is helpful for some people, but you need a proper diagnosis and biomechanical evaluation before you start an exercise programme, so go easy for now.
Do not go barefoot, ever: the fascia and your arches need constant support. Many of us find Birkenstocks helpful.
You may need orthotics if you have biomechnical faults - these will be determined by a proper evaluation.
Be patient. If your pain has started only recently, and if you get off your feet as much as possible, and if, as I imagine, you are young, you will probably heal fairly quickly - perhaps a couple of months if you're lucky. If you try to hike through the pain, you will prolong the process and the condition may become chronic.
Keep reading these message boards for information - and support. You will get a lot of help here.

All the best, Julie