Patient Comments: Heel Spurs - Treatment

Question:

What treatment was effective for your heel spurs? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Pinokeeo, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 30

I have had both of my heel spurs taken care of by the ultrasound method and my kidney stones also. It is like magic and no cutting. These were done a few years ago and I am having a problem on my left heel again. It worked great and I was pain free in a couple of days.

Comment from: georgeauthor, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: April 30

Actually no treatment has been effective for my heel spurs, however I use the tennis ball to roll under my foot for about 3 minutes a day. Then I flex my foot holding it for the count of 15 to 20 times, and then I do stretching ten times for the count of ten. I tried soaking in warm water with Epsom salt, but, no results. My foot doctor gave me a cortisone shot, but it did not really help.

Comment from: Xrickard, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: August 02

I went to an orthopedist for my plantar fasciitis and she taped my heel very tight! In the morning it hurts very much but after about 10 minutes the pain disappears and in the time of a week my heel was better. I can recommend this method to anyone!

Comment from: Sandy, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 21

I am 69 now but in my early 40s I slid down carpeted steps and my heel took the brunt of it. That is when the pain hit. Even though I went to the emergency room at the time plantar fasciitis wasn’t diagnosed. Weeks turned into months to several years with no relief, shots, wraps, ice therapy, being on crutches; whatever they wanted to try I was willing. Nothing helped and surgery was finally done. I had a 100 percent improvement. It is still tender, I have to wear good walking shoes when I know I am going to be on my feet for any length of time. To me the 8 weeks of being on crutches after surgery was time well spent as the constant pain is gone.

Comment from: Gayle S, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: July 15

I finally had to have the spur surgically removed. Thank goodness. I can walk again. The injections, boots, oils, special inserts; nothing made the plantar fasciitis better. I had the surgery at 45 years of age and now I have aches occasionally from working on my feet but nothing like the spur pain. I am having the new spur on my other foot removed in September. To me, the only way is to have it removed or it will continue to grow and cut into the tissues. Good luck.

Comment from: Ricker, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: July 03

Try rolling a golf ball for your plantar fasciitis. It worked for me!

Comment from: Lapopessa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

I first got heel spurs in my 20s. The plantar fasciitis caused it seemed by walking to work (2 miles) each morning in Birkenstocks. Tons of Advil later, they went away. Fast forward, I'm in my 50s now and felt confident enough they had gone to spend last 3 summers daily in Birkenstocks, although walk to work much shorter now, just blocks. But it was apparently enough. This September my right heel spur reappeared in intense pain. Unfortunately I also now have atrial fibrillation off and on, which means I'm on blood thinners and can't take Advil. So I'm just painfully trying to not walk on it too much and praying it goes away. So far, nothing.

Comment from: Dale, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

I had a spur on heel of right foot in 2007; I was learning to walk again. The therapist did ultra sound and ice for ten minutes a day, for three days. Within three days, the plantar fasciitis pain was gone and I've never had another flare up since.

Comment from: 3katie3, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 11

I’ve had Achilles tendonitis and then plantar fasciitis starting about 15 years ago. I tried all the usual home remedies and many kinds of inserts and shoes. I did find good inserts, but still had some pain, and my walking was limited to less than half hour, or I would suffer greatly that evening. My only good lasting results for dealing with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, have been with the ancient practice of castor oil hot packs daily for several days. I use a clean thick white cotton sock, and soak only the heel area with castor oil, heat it a bit in microwave when I take it out of freezer storage, put it on, and wrap in 2 plastic bags, and another larger sock. Then wrap and secure a heat pad around the heel, with low heat for 45 minutes or more. I don’t wash any oil off but rather, rub it in. Use castor oil hot pack for 3 days or more, then only as needed. It’s been a life-changing tool for me. I have seen many videos on You Tube about castor oil packs, but I’ve never seen one for tendonitis, fasciitis pain.

Comment from: AMM, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: March 04

After 2 steroid injections with no effect I had a platelet rich plasma injection for plantar fasciitis. It took 6 to 8 weeks but now I am pain free.

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Comment from: WhatNext?, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 02

About 15 years ago I had heel spurs in both feet. I tried cortisone injections, massage, alternating hot and cold water applications and wearing an orthotic. Nothing helped. Then a friend with the same problem told me she could wear sandals as long as they were Birkenstocks. So I tried a pair and instantly got relief and I am pain free to this day. I now have a closet full of Birkenstocks.

Comment from: GW, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 29

I am a 65 year old male and an avid hiker here in Arizona. I would hike almost daily and the length would be anywhere from 4 miles to 9 miles. About 6 months ago I started to get pain in my heel after/during hikes. It became worse and worse so finally I went to a pain/sports physician who diagnosed it as plantar fasciitis. Using an ultrasound I received a cortisone shot in the heel. This really had no effect upon it. Last Monday (June 20, 2016) I had the PRP (platelet rich plasma) injection into the right heel. It has been seven days and the pain seems worse (of course I am not to take pain medications for 2 weeks). The physician did indeed tell me that the pain would feel worse, that I would feel like cursing at him, and believe the injection was not working at all! Well, all this is true. He also said the pain relief actually starts 3 or 4 weeks after the injection. I am trying to stay positive!

Comment from: buster, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: December 29

This is a generic approach to plantar fasciitis. Calf muscle is the problem. Put high heat pad to it to relieve it for 30 minutes, stretch it for 20 minutes and repeat 3 times. Walk 1 mile, and take 1 Aleve. Repeat 2 days for cure. Start procedure on first onset.

Comment from: kmw, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I have a bad case of insertional Achilles tendonitis with a bursa at the bone spur site. I've had physical therapy, cortisone injection, orthotics, systemic anti-inflammatories, ice, and even tried acupuncture for plantar fasciitis. Nothing seems to relieve the pain. Now I'm faced with surgery so I can get back to normal physical exercise.

Comment from: jdukedog, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 06

I have had two cortisone in the last 2 months, but the pain is still really bad.

Comment from: Tpguy, 55-64 Male Published: August 20

As a runner I sometimes get plantar fasciitis, but the symptoms are relieved with appropriate trigger point massage and stretching.

Comment from: Magnua, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 19

Nothing has relieved my plantar fascitis. Have had 3 cortisone injections in one year and shoe inserts. Ice and Advil is only temporary. Stretching is OK, but temporary also. Any other ideas?

Comment from: Footsore, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 03

My diagnosis of plantar fasciitis was confirmed with an x-ray and sonar scans. There are spurs on both heels. There is also pain in the tendon from my ankle to my tibia and my ankle ligament on the outside of my foot. Physio, a cortisone injection, immobilization, wearing a boot and a night splint all helped to treat the problem to the point where there is no pain. The pain returns within minutes of exercising (walking, cycling or swimming).

Comment from: Delraye, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: November 29

Eight years ago I had a heel spur in my left foot. I had s cortisone shot and it made it worse. A different doctor told me wear a cam walker 24/7 unless in the shower. It took 6 months, but it worked. I have it now in my right foot.

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