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Posted by Ann G on 12/27/02 at 00:43 (104083)

I have heard of Birkenstocks being suggested for a type of shoe to use with heel spurs. Is there any particular kind of Birkenstocks that people use more than others. Also any other kind of shoes?
Have people had luck with the orthodics? I'm not crazy about them, they feel uncomfortable to me and seem like they at times make my heel hurt more.
I would also like to hear more about the pros and cons of surgery.
I was diagnosed with a heel spur not that long ago. Still limping around in the morning and some times in the afternoon and evening.
So far I've just been icing it in the evening.
Thanks for any suggestions.
Ann

Re: Shoes

Julie on 12/27/02 at 01:33 (104084)

Ann

The Arizona sandals have been helpful to many people here, including me. They're the basic/original Birkenstock with the classic footbed. But there are many other styles. Your best bet is to go to a specialist store that sells a wide range and has knowledgeable staff who can advise you about fitting.

It's not clear from your post if you have been seen by a podiatrist. If not, you should do so.

Your orthotics should NOT make you hurt more! Were they custom-made for you? If so, go back to the podiatrist or C.Ped who made them, and get them adjusted so that they don't hurt. If they're OTC ones, stop wearing them.

You need a full biomechanical evaluation. If it shows that your biomechanics are faulty, custom orthotics may be a way forward, but they do need to be made for YOUR feet.

The 'pros and cons of surgery' is a huge subject. Scroll back through the Surgery message board for what people have said about it. The main thing to understand is that surgery is the very last resort, to be considered only after all conservative treatments have failed. If all you have done so far is apply ice, you have a long way to go.

Your first steps should be to see a reputable podiatrist for a full evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plan, and to read the heel pain book here.

Good luck.

Re: Shoes

Lara T on 12/28/02 at 08:32 (104156)

Julie suggested going to a specialist shoe store and I agree. I've found that most cities (of some reasonable size but I don't know how big that is) have a shoe store that is run by someone who makes orthotics. I've had much better luck in finding appropriate shoes at these stores. All O did was look in the yellow pages and see what shoe stores also offer orthotics or related kinds of merchandise. My experience is that although the total selection is much smaller, the selection of appropriate shoes is just fine, and as an added bonus, although I'd be willing to do it if it would help, I don't have to wade through the large stores.

Re: Shoes

Julie on 12/27/02 at 01:33 (104084)

Ann

The Arizona sandals have been helpful to many people here, including me. They're the basic/original Birkenstock with the classic footbed. But there are many other styles. Your best bet is to go to a specialist store that sells a wide range and has knowledgeable staff who can advise you about fitting.

It's not clear from your post if you have been seen by a podiatrist. If not, you should do so.

Your orthotics should NOT make you hurt more! Were they custom-made for you? If so, go back to the podiatrist or C.Ped who made them, and get them adjusted so that they don't hurt. If they're OTC ones, stop wearing them.

You need a full biomechanical evaluation. If it shows that your biomechanics are faulty, custom orthotics may be a way forward, but they do need to be made for YOUR feet.

The 'pros and cons of surgery' is a huge subject. Scroll back through the Surgery message board for what people have said about it. The main thing to understand is that surgery is the very last resort, to be considered only after all conservative treatments have failed. If all you have done so far is apply ice, you have a long way to go.

Your first steps should be to see a reputable podiatrist for a full evaluation, diagnosis and treatment plan, and to read the heel pain book here.

Good luck.

Re: Shoes

Lara T on 12/28/02 at 08:32 (104156)

Julie suggested going to a specialist shoe store and I agree. I've found that most cities (of some reasonable size but I don't know how big that is) have a shoe store that is run by someone who makes orthotics. I've had much better luck in finding appropriate shoes at these stores. All O did was look in the yellow pages and see what shoe stores also offer orthotics or related kinds of merchandise. My experience is that although the total selection is much smaller, the selection of appropriate shoes is just fine, and as an added bonus, although I'd be willing to do it if it would help, I don't have to wade through the large stores.