I have heel spurs and PF (4 yrs.with much pain) - then, this last year (my 5th PF year) -- with decreasing pain and now I consider myself "pain-free" - all without surgery. Getting to this point takes total committment and a great deal of patience (it will be a full year in May 98) - but I know for fact it can be done. I did it, and I know of others who are doing it, too.
I will never have surgery for this condition... even if I have a relapse to the old pain. Once some surgeon cuts a part of your body, that body-part, is never as good as it was before. I have had surgeries for conditions (including a tumor) which gave me no other choice, so I know first hand about healing after surgery,too. Surgery is not a "quick fix".
Please take a really close look at all the people who have written to this heel spurs site to say how much pain they are in 2 wks, 3 mths., 1 yr, 2 yrs, with trapped nerves,etc... etc... and there is even one person who tells of still being in alot of pain 9 years after surgery. Reading all these, it appears, that you can't count on surgery to "cure" you - in fact it could make you worse or make it impossible to achieve a "pain free" status no matter what you try to do later. You may find the $$$ spent are the least costly part of your decision.