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heel and foot pain

Posted by peggy m on 11/12/03 at 15:54 (137268)

I have been in treatment for a heel spur on my left foot for the past 18 mos. with no relief. I have had cortisone shots and have taken Bextra, Vioxx, and now am taking ibupropen. It feels like the pain now is more in my ankle than in my heel. The pain is almost constant to the point that I hobble all the time. My podiatrist says surgery is the only answer. Do you have any more suggestions. I'm considering going to an orthopedic specialist. Help me please.

Re: heel and foot pain

SteveG on 11/12/03 at 17:10 (137277)

Peggy - read the heel pain book to make sure you are taking advantage of all the treatment options e.g., night splint, orthodics, etc. Has you pod discussed ESWT with you?? Surgery is the LAST resort.

Re: heel and foot pain

Aly on 11/12/03 at 17:31 (137281)

I agree with Steve - if your doctor is saying surgery is your only option, find another doctor. A lot of people (not all though) have ended up much worse following this type of surgery. I've been using a wheelchair due to my PF and after all I've read, I'm not even considering surgery.

Make sure you're very educated about your condition, as it seems there's a dirth of podiatrists who are either uninterested in this condition or undereducated! So be careful and follow your gut instincts before you follow their advice.

Good luck, please keep us posted as to how you're doing! :)

Aly

Re: heel and foot pain

Julie on 11/13/03 at 10:31 (137373)

Peggy

I agree with what has been said already. If your pain has moved to your ankle, there is a chance that you now also have Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, in which case you need to be doubly hesitant about surgery, which is never the 'only answer' and always the very last resort.

I suggest that you find another podiatrist. An orthopaedic specialist might be an idea, but only if s/he has done special training in feet and ankles. Most haven't. Another podiatrist is a better bet.

While you're looking for one, educate yourself here by reading the heel pain book and present and past posts on the message board. There are many treatment options that you have not been told about by your podiatrist.

Re: heel and foot pain

peggy m on 11/13/03 at 18:41 (137425)

Steve,
Thanks so much for your reply. Yes my pod has suggested ESWT,but I discussed it with my family dr. and he said it was not a good idea in his opinion. He wanted me to try physical therapy and stretching and the anti-inflammotories. So when I go back to the pod on Mon. I'm going to ask him about that. I have the custom orthotics that I purchased from him. They are not helping at all. I really think I am going to have to find another podiatrist. This one is very set on surgery. Wish me luck.