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Posted by Scott on 11/20/98
The Delphi board was good because people posted in-depth info.

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After 2.5 yrs. of pain, I finally got an x-ray done and sure enough my worst fears. I
have one very large spur (doc said it's the biggest he's ever seen) coming off the heel
bone toward the arch of left foot, also one smaller going towards the back of heel on
other side of heel bone and then there's a growth on the ball of my foot he couldn't
identify. Now headed to a specialist. Am sure that surgery will be discussed, ANY
ADVICE APPRECIATED from anyone? I am a 46 yr. old female that stands doing
hair 50 hrs. pr. week, and am overweight by 30 lbs. how much time off work will I
need? Please respond asap, thanks!

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I don't have first hand experience, but be very careful about
surgury. Get more than one opinon and investigate your doctor
ask to talk to other patients and get their experience. Some
go to podiatrist, some orthopedic but be careful of all
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10/26/98 11:29 PM
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Hi. I had the surgery and had what the dr said was a huge heel spur. My other foot
was always my worst foot, and now I consider the foot I had surgery on to be the
worst one. I had no pain after the surgery and was on crutches for 10 weeks. It was
only suppose to be for 6, but my foot wouldn't stop swelling. I have since been told
that the heel spur is not what hurts, it's the tissue around it that hurts. I couldn't even
walk like a normal person, could only walk real slow and my feet hurt all day. I am
now having acupuncture and can walk a mile a day!!! My feet aren't completely
better but I would say are 75% better. I would get several opinions if I were you, and
go to an Orthopedic dr. They have studied longer and in my opinion are more
experienced. Cortizone shots are only a temporary relief and not always safe. Of
course I have had success with the acu and recommend every one try it. I hope this
helps. Deebbie

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10/27/98 8:25 PM
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Lousue,

Hi! I hate to tell ya this, but my Dr. says that the surgery will take from 2-6 months
recovery time.
And if you don't follow all instructions, and stay off of your feet for a certain amount
of time, then it could take up to 9 months, and then he said that some people NEVER
recover.
That is with the old type, larger cut surgery.
The endoscopic surgery is supposed to be a recovery time of about 2 weeks, but it is
documented that it only works on about 50% of the people who do it. Then you have
to turn around and have the "old type" surgery after all.

The thing is that some people never even recover from the surgery. There are many
reasons why...scar tissue is one of them, as I recall.

Of course, this is just what one Dr. said.
This is also why I haven't gotten any surgery yet. I am a single mom of a 2 year old
and there is just no way that I can have surgery on both feet and also chase after a 2
year old, and also be off work long enough to recover and still have a job when I
do!!!

Hope this helps!
Kelus
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Diane R. (DIANE5)
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10/28/98 12:06 AM
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A good place to check about "heel spur" surgery is the Mayo Clinc Medical book
and they also have published a lengthy Mayo health letter regarding the procedure...
they advise against it as they say the pain is not from the spur but from inflammed
tissue which is causing the spur to form...They mention studies etc. which have been
done as this used to be the treatment of choice before more was known about the
spurs... The spur is the body's reaction/defense to the inflammation -

Also, I know someone who had surgery done to remove just the spurs and got only
worse. I had x-rays and have spurs and both feet and will not have surgery. Birks
have been my salvation and am now pain free most of the time.

Good luck to you - p.s. you should also consider taking glucosamine sulfate three
times a day for 3 mths. I did this and no longer needed any NSAIDs. It really does
help along with good shoes like the birks and good habits - no barefeet etc.
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10/28/98 7:38 AM
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Hi, I was diagnosed with heel spurs and fas-
citis and after over 1 year had epf surgery
Recovery was uneventfull but long and boring.
I was on crutches and a boot for 6 wks, and
then slowly on my feet after. I did not feel
much improvement for 6 month. The surgery
was not 100% effective, I continue to have
heel pain if I walk to much or fast. I am
much better now, 99% pain free most of the
the time but I attribute this to a change
of lifestyle more than surgery. I now have
a sitting down job instead of on my feet,
that allows me to walk the mall and shop
without pain, I wear birks 80% of the day,
also take glucosomine sulfate 1000 mg a day,
not sure this really help, still stretch 2
times a day. good luck. Eileen
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Margie in Atlanta (MARZO)
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Dear LouSue,

Please...wait on surgery! I had EPF surgery scheduled for the first of September and
cancelled the day before the blood workup (the week before surgery). I found this
site in August and decided to take the advice of Diane R. about glucosamine sulfate
and Birkenstocks. For the past 60 days I have been taking 1500mg/day and wearing
Arizonas 99.9% of the time. The only time they are off is in the shower and bed. I
even started working last week part-time as a school teaching assistant and spend
most of the time on my feet. While wearing the Birks I can work and then go
shopping, run errands, etc. Sometimes I have a little pain but it seems to go away
easily ;by wearing the Birks. I never thought I would like them but I LOVE them!!!

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11/2/98 11:48 PM
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My sincere thanks to all who replied, I've moved my household since that last posting
and really did myself some harm trying to do too much by myself, so I was slow in
responding. I have also questioned my family members about spurs and have found
out that four great-aunts have had them too. Three said surgery helped and one said
she'd never go to another doctor for advice, so go figure, huh. I know that I must do
something because the move almost did me in. My right hip hurts so much from trying
to carry all the weight that I had to go in for some Propoxy pain pills. But, we all
know that you can't stay doped up forever. My thanks to Kelus, Diane, Eileen,
Marzo, Debbie and Bead for their advice and concern. I will check into the
glucosamine sulfate since that seems to be recommended the most often. I guess I'd
better find the money for some Birks too :) I must now face the inevitable, I can't go
on like this for the rest of my life. As Kelus is the mother of a 2 yr old I am going to
be a grandmother for the first time in Jan 99, so I must be able to keep up with a little
one. I'm sure that I will try surgery and will post my results for all to see. One more
chance for the doctors to practice medicine :)
Thanks to Diane for the Mayo lead.
Thanks to all who post and read this board.
LouSue
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