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Posted by Ron, edited on September 11, 2000 at 02:52:00:

In Reply to: Re: HELP!! Heel Spur (Plantar Fascitis)Reply to Corjack from posted by Ron on September 10, 2000 at 02:42:45:

: : Hi! For the past 3 weeks I have had pain in my heel and ankles (both feet). I have been browsing this website and it seems I have the symptoms of a heel spur. I have not seen a doctor yet, but plan on doing so fast. Would it be better to see my own doctor, or a podiatrist, orthopedic doctor? What is the main cause of heel spurs? I work on my feet 6-8 hours a day, and admit that my shoes are wearing out. I plan on going on a trip to Mexico in February 2001,so I would like to get help soon! Is surgery the best method? I guess it depends on the individual, but just wondering if it takes many months to heal after surgery. Any help will be appreciated!! Thanks!

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: Hi Corjack,

: Please see my reply to JC . Dont even think of having the surgery until you have tried all the
: easy things first. Stretching exercises a couple of time each day, Night Splints, shoes that
: are not too large and have proper support, stay off high heels, avoid working in a position
: where you are kneeling and are balanced on the balls of your feet, which stretches the
: achilles tendon but also tears the Fascia on the bottom of your feet.

: The only good thing about the surgery is the time you will spend in a cast which allows the
: Fascia time to heal. The surgery does nothing to promote healing of the bone spur, only rest
: is beneficial.

: Good luck........ Ron

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