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heel spurs

Posted by gladys s. on 8/13/01 at hrmin (056584)

in april i was diagnosed with heel spurs. my dr. put me on voixx then ultram and mobic, none of which worked. ihad three cortsone shots and that didn't help. it is now aug,and i just can,t take the pain any more. the pain extends from my heel, up my leg and into my back. what can i do? please help.

Re: heel spurs

Ed Davis, DPM on 8/13/01 at hrmin (056632)

Gladys:
Your doctor has been treating the pain but not the cause of the problem. He/she needs to refer you to someone who routinely treats the problem.
Please read Scott's heel pain book as it will give you a good idea of the treatments that are used for this.
Ed

Re: heel spurs

Julie on 8/14/01 at 03:01 (056680)

Gladys, does your doctor know that the pain if through your leg and into your lower back?

Did the pain start in your heel, or in your back?

If you've had to change the way you walk to favour the painful foot, those changes may have affected your leg and lower back. There is also the possibility that the problem may have originated in your spine, though that's less likely if the pain started in your foot.

You should certainly see a foot specialist in the first instance. One who knows his stuff should be able to assess the whole picture, and put in place treatments to address the cause. You may need other tests to determine if there is spinal involvement, but a podiatrist is the best place to start.

Re: heel spurs

Ed Davis, DPM on 8/13/01 at hrmin (056632)

Gladys:
Your doctor has been treating the pain but not the cause of the problem. He/she needs to refer you to someone who routinely treats the problem.
Please read Scott's heel pain book as it will give you a good idea of the treatments that are used for this.
Ed

Re: heel spurs

Julie on 8/14/01 at 03:01 (056680)

Gladys, does your doctor know that the pain if through your leg and into your lower back?

Did the pain start in your heel, or in your back?

If you've had to change the way you walk to favour the painful foot, those changes may have affected your leg and lower back. There is also the possibility that the problem may have originated in your spine, though that's less likely if the pain started in your foot.

You should certainly see a foot specialist in the first instance. One who knows his stuff should be able to assess the whole picture, and put in place treatments to address the cause. You may need other tests to determine if there is spinal involvement, but a podiatrist is the best place to start.