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Posted by Cathy A on 2/04/05 at 16:30 (168497)

I have all of the symptoms of heel spurs in both feet. I just had xrays taken and my PCP says there are no spurs. I know I am not crazy. I have suffered with excrutiating pain for over 12 years...most of the pain in the mornings. However, lately I have been experiencing it throughout the day. I work on a computer and may sit from an hour or two before walking somewhere. What is my next step? Can I still have heel spurs without them showing up on an xray? If they should be visible, what is causing this pain? Help!!!!

Re: diagnosis

SteveG on 2/04/05 at 17:40 (168514)

Cathy - you can have PF without a spur showing up on the x-ray. As a first step, read the heel pain book on this site. It will give a great overview of the nature of the problem and treatment options. After you have read the book, post any questions you have

Re: diagnosis

Kathy G on 2/04/05 at 17:42 (168516)

And then see if your PCP will give you a referral to see a Podiatrist.

Re: diagnosis

Julie on 2/05/05 at 02:26 (168542)

Cathy, many people have plantar fasciitis without having spurs. The spurs are not the cause of the pain, but the body's response to the inflammatory condition. You need more information: follow Steve's advice to read the heel pain book, and Kathy's to see a podiatrist (foot specialist).

Make sure you always wear good quality shoes with plenty of support and cushioning. Don't go barefoot: it strains the plantar fascia, putting too much strain on it at the insertion point, where the inflammation is.

If you have pain first thing in the morning, do some simple mobilising exercises before you get out of bed. The yoga foot exercises (click on the link) will help you. Do the same exercises while you are still sitting at your computer and before getting up to walk.