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Just Discovered I Have Heel Spurs

Posted by Bev J. on 11/20/01 at 09:15 (064989)

I thought it was just sore feet from moving from one town to another. We had sooooo much stuff and it took days and days of carrying heavy stuff and loading and unloading and I could feel the pain starting but I had to keep moving. That was in August. I waited patiently for the pain to go away but it only got worse. Then my worst nightmare....I had them x-rayed and sure enough, I have what I've only heard people talk about from time to time and really didn't understand. Now I completely understand how much pain is involved and how confusing all the information is and I'm beginning to lose hope. First I hear they won't go away and then a man from my church testified that his did indeed go away without surgery, or at least his pain went away. What scares me is that every case is different and the search for relief is going to absorb my attention when I have little ones to raise.....grandchildren at that....so this is my second time around parenting and they don't understand that I hurt every time they need me to get up and care for them, which is constantly. They are very young. I'm 57 and I thought it was old age getting me but my mom and dad are VERY old (81 and 90) and neither of them have heel spurs. This condition is consuming my thought processes and I can see how some of you people succumb to depression which is one thing I hope never happens. I've had a touch of it a few times in the past and it's a battle you can't win without medication. So I'm hoping someone comes up with a cure....I'm thinking they laser everything else away so why not the heel spurs? Any comments about laser surgery from anyone out there?

Re: Just Discovered I Have Heel Spurs

Beverly on 11/20/01 at 12:58 (065002)

Hi Bev,

I'm also a Bev.

We all know how frustrating this is. I've had ups and downs with my feet and ankles for over a year and ahalf, and at times I think I would have gone bonkers without the support of my Board Buddies.

With proper treatment, it seems that most people with PF or heelspurs get better. Have you been to a board certified pod or orthopedic specialist of the foot and ankle? I personally lean towards orthopedics because I've found them more conservative about the use of cortisone and surgery. But there are plenty of good pods too.

If I could do one thing differently, I would have slowed down sooner. In the first few months, I thought I was taking it easy, but I really wasn't being careful enough. I also wish I'd gotten into physical therapy sooner.

Getting the right shoe and orthodic insert combination has been instrumental for many of us here. It is a trial by error experience that is both expensive and frustrating, but the benefits when you finally find a 'good' shoe is worth the effort.

Best wishes,
Beverly

Re: adventure with my two-year-old

Rebecca H on 11/25/01 at 08:55 (065176)

Hi Beverly

I'm new on the message board. (See Mother of Five). The hardest part for me is taking care of my 2-year old. I try to walk really slowly and gently most of the time (like a lion stalking prey)but sometimes have to walk fast to get the little guy out of danger. Yesterday he threw a book in the sink where I had just put a pan that had been used for thawing out a roast. I threw the saturated unsanitary book away. This made him really mad. He had wanted me to read that book to him. I thought he couldn't get to the trash but while I had my back turned he managed to get to it over the babygate. Then of course he had to have a bath and I had to carry him keeping his hands away from his mouth. He weighs about 30 pounds. I'm sure that was not good for my feet.

I am only 40. My parents are 68 and 71. They walk all the time for miles! So I sorta know how you feel. I am very glad they still have good health and are able to get around so well. I just wish I could too. How old are your grandchildren? Have you found any creative ways to take care of them?

Re: Just Discovered I Have Heel Spurs

Carole C on 11/25/01 at 09:43 (065182)

Bev, I can truly sympathize! I'm 53 and the day before Thanksgiving I was diagnosed with heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and so on. My rheumatologist ( = arthritis doctor) was the one who diagnosed me, but he seems to be reasonably familiar with heel spurs. I asked him about surgery, and he says that with proper care and treatment usually the pain will go away without surgery. He says that the spurs may not go away but that the spurs themselves don't hurt. That amazed me too, because mine looked so big and wicked on the x-ray!

From what I understand, they probably won't get better if we ignore them. So, we should try to do a lot of the things they recommend on this board, plus what our doctors recommend. It's hard for you to do a lot of these things with kids, though! Maybe if they are old enough, you can make it a game to 'bring grandma her shoes', or to bring you ice and a towel when you want to ice your foot, or to do other things for you especially early in the day. I remember when my daughter was 2, I stepped on some rebar (those awful metal rods that are used in building houses) out in the dirt next to a construction site. It went right through my foot and while I was heeling she was a big help (but there was only one of her, and it may be a different matter with several kids).

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. Don't get depressed! We can only do what we can do with the challenges life has presented us. I'm sure you are doing the best you can for the kids, and letting your feet heal will help.

Carole

Re: Just Discovered I Have Heel Spurs

Beverly on 11/20/01 at 12:58 (065002)

Hi Bev,

I'm also a Bev.

We all know how frustrating this is. I've had ups and downs with my feet and ankles for over a year and ahalf, and at times I think I would have gone bonkers without the support of my Board Buddies.

With proper treatment, it seems that most people with PF or heelspurs get better. Have you been to a board certified pod or orthopedic specialist of the foot and ankle? I personally lean towards orthopedics because I've found them more conservative about the use of cortisone and surgery. But there are plenty of good pods too.

If I could do one thing differently, I would have slowed down sooner. In the first few months, I thought I was taking it easy, but I really wasn't being careful enough. I also wish I'd gotten into physical therapy sooner.

Getting the right shoe and orthodic insert combination has been instrumental for many of us here. It is a trial by error experience that is both expensive and frustrating, but the benefits when you finally find a 'good' shoe is worth the effort.

Best wishes,
Beverly

Re: adventure with my two-year-old

Rebecca H on 11/25/01 at 08:55 (065176)

Hi Beverly

I'm new on the message board. (See Mother of Five). The hardest part for me is taking care of my 2-year old. I try to walk really slowly and gently most of the time (like a lion stalking prey)but sometimes have to walk fast to get the little guy out of danger. Yesterday he threw a book in the sink where I had just put a pan that had been used for thawing out a roast. I threw the saturated unsanitary book away. This made him really mad. He had wanted me to read that book to him. I thought he couldn't get to the trash but while I had my back turned he managed to get to it over the babygate. Then of course he had to have a bath and I had to carry him keeping his hands away from his mouth. He weighs about 30 pounds. I'm sure that was not good for my feet.

I am only 40. My parents are 68 and 71. They walk all the time for miles! So I sorta know how you feel. I am very glad they still have good health and are able to get around so well. I just wish I could too. How old are your grandchildren? Have you found any creative ways to take care of them?

Re: Just Discovered I Have Heel Spurs

Carole C on 11/25/01 at 09:43 (065182)

Bev, I can truly sympathize! I'm 53 and the day before Thanksgiving I was diagnosed with heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and so on. My rheumatologist ( = arthritis doctor) was the one who diagnosed me, but he seems to be reasonably familiar with heel spurs. I asked him about surgery, and he says that with proper care and treatment usually the pain will go away without surgery. He says that the spurs may not go away but that the spurs themselves don't hurt. That amazed me too, because mine looked so big and wicked on the x-ray!

From what I understand, they probably won't get better if we ignore them. So, we should try to do a lot of the things they recommend on this board, plus what our doctors recommend. It's hard for you to do a lot of these things with kids, though! Maybe if they are old enough, you can make it a game to 'bring grandma her shoes', or to bring you ice and a towel when you want to ice your foot, or to do other things for you especially early in the day. I remember when my daughter was 2, I stepped on some rebar (those awful metal rods that are used in building houses) out in the dirt next to a construction site. It went right through my foot and while I was heeling she was a big help (but there was only one of her, and it may be a different matter with several kids).

Good luck and I hope you feel better soon. Don't get depressed! We can only do what we can do with the challenges life has presented us. I'm sure you are doing the best you can for the kids, and letting your feet heal will help.

Carole