Surgery would be last resort and in my case wouldn't really help (this is my friendly podiatrist talking, the one who helped me before but now I'm not able to see without a referral), the problem is that the tendon is too short, the heel spur is growing perfectly horizontally in an attempt to take some of the excess tension off. Removing the heel spur just isn't an option, if anything we need to make it bigger. I am icing every night which seems to help but don't want to stretch until it stops hurting, I can feel it start to tear, sharp like a knife. I'm sorry to whine and go on, but I'm scared out of my mind that there isn't a way to fix this and angry that no one who doesn't have it seems to understand, our feet don't hurt, they HURT! I always wore low heels before, but now wear flats as was advised that heels make it worse, then I read that a one inch heel can make a big difference relieving the strain on the tendon. Don't know what to do, get custom orthotics for my heels? Enough whining, thanks for the ideas, I'll keep reading the board, at least I feel better (and worse)knowing I'm not alone.