Is there any suggestions short of surgery that might eleviate if not eliminate the pain of an aggravating heel spur? I have had mine over two years. I have tried different shoe styles, every insert short of special made inserts.($$$$) And I have taken anti-inflammatory over the counter drugs.
I had a problem about 15 years ago with them and it still flares up from time to time. I did end up having the surgery on one foot, but that was after trying the anti-inflamatory presciption drugs, $600 non insurance covered orthotics (I hear ya!!!!!) and cortisone injections. One thing my podiatrist did tell me though that has helped a great deal, especially now at keeping it from flaring up as much, is to wear Nike walking shoes. I have tried different brands and types over the years, but still those tend to work better than anything else I have tried. Whenever I have a flare up now the first thing I do is go buy some new Nike walking shoes and it usually does the trick. I have also heard wonderful things about CROCS for many different types of foot problems, but I haven't tried them yet.
Do you actually have "spurs" or is it Plantar Fasciitis? Both hurt about the same. I have had PF for 1 1/2 years and it is better. I wear New Balance walking shoes with Dr. Scholl's Gel arch supports. The gel type really cushions the heel for me. I also take Limbrel, a new med for inflammation. Limbrel is a health food rather than a chemical concoction, made from tropical trees, is available only by prescription. Limbrel works by blocking the enzyme that causes inflammation. My stomach did not tolerate other anti-inflammatories but have no problem with Limbrel. Been on it for 3 months for inflammation all over my body and it has really helped, not a cure yet.