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Has anyone ever had a heel spur?

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I've been doing a bit of weight training and wanted to get some cardio exercise so I started playing b-ball recently. My cheap p.o.s. 5 year old sneakers were pretty worn out and I was running non-stop during the games to get a max workout. I could hardly walk when I woke up in the middle of the night to take a whiz.

Since then I stopped playing but it was still bothering me so I went to a podiatrist last weekend. He took an x-ray and there is a nasty looking spur on my heel, it looks like a vampire fang. The doc gave me a prescription for 600 mg ibuprofen and told me to ice it and it put Aspercreme on it 3x/day, which ain't happening at work.

I plan on going skiing Tuesday and he said he could give me a shot (cortisone?) and it should be okay. I'm kinda worried that even though it might not hurt to ski, it would be maiking it worse. Anyone have any experience with this?
post #2 of 9
Bone spurs are the body's response to a continuing irritation. If the ski boot doesn't irritate the area of your heel where the projection is, it shouldn't cause any problem to use. If I understand the function of cortisone, it helps reduce inflammation, but it won't reduce the bone spur. Has your podiatrist ever had a ski boot on? I'd check with an orthopedic surgeon.
post #3 of 9

Oh Yeah

I have two whoppers on my heels...one each side. They are from a while back and I really aggravated them last season.

I was supposed to have them removed (which I hear is really painfull) last August but couldn't fit it into my schedule.

I ground my boots slightly and lowered my heel a bit by reducing the footbed. I also padded the outside of the liner and now am using moleskin (donuts) I fashioned stuck right to my heels. I went to a thinner sock too. So far they feel pretty good.

Your doctor is only treating the sympton...If they are there....you have them ...end of story. The only option to correct is surgery. Try to avoid aggravating them and pad your heel if you feel any discomfort (at all) in your boots. It will feel worse in warmer weather.

They do reduce in size ever so slightly over time and if your condition is minimal and you don't further aggravate it you may be off the hook, if not.....time to get cut.
post #4 of 9
There is also a relativly new therapy that uses sonic waves (!) to break up the bone..sorry I don't hvae any toher details on that.

But having gone through a similar surgery -- you do *not* want to do it unless absolutly neccessary. Don't let it go thinking it will get better. And don't do anything to aggravate it -- it doesn't seem to take much to go from a little problem to a big one. OTOH, if it is *not* hurting, then no worries, as someone else mentioned, it is the irritation itself that is causing the problems.

First thing I'd do is get that area of your boot worked on -- either blown out or cutting an area out of the liner. If it still hurts, stop skiing -- don't ski through the pain -- advice I wish I'd listened to myself on two occasions! The most important thing is that you find a good podiatrist (this guy doesn't sound so hot on first blush but wwho knows) and the best bootfitter you cn find. Good luck!
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Originally Posted by Lodro
There is also a relativly new therapy that uses sonic waves (!)
Now that you mention it, I did hear something about this a while back, but it was dismissed by the ortho here. (not that...that really says anything, given where I am)

Anybody know about this...if so post it or PM me...PLEASE..
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Originally Posted by northeasterner
I've been doing a bit of weight training and wanted to get some cardio exercise so I started playing b-ball recently. My cheap p.o.s. 5 year old sneakers were pretty worn out and I was running non-stop during the games to get a max workout. I could hardly walk when I woke up in the middle of the night to take a whiz.

Since then I stopped playing but it was still bothering me so I went to a podiatrist last weekend. He took an x-ray and there is a nasty looking spur on my heel, it looks like a vampire fang. The doc gave me a prescription for 600 mg ibuprofen and told me to ice it and it put Aspercreme on it 3x/day, which ain't happening at work.

I plan on going skiing Tuesday and he said he could give me a shot (cortisone?) and it should be okay. I'm kinda worried that even though it might not hurt to ski, it would be maiking it worse. Anyone have any experience with this?
I have heel spurs as well. Not as bad as yours sound to be, but noticibable after a day or two of skiing... Never have gone to a doc for it and use this remedy: I found that lightly tapping the bone spur for 15-20 minutes with a hammer works to keep it down. Call me crazy, its okay. From what i have found, spurs are calcium deposits and can be broken up; so it makes sense that tapping on them cause it to break down and go away... of course only to come back again! Anyways, give it a try and cut a doughnut out of moleskin or some padding from your local ski shop and place it on your liner or better yet your skin for extra relieve (putting it on your skin however, runs the risk of irritation and a blister).

Anyone else out there do this? Any othopedic surgeons want to weigh in and reccommend surgery? I have good insurance...
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Originally Posted by kerky
Never have gone to a doc for it and use this remedy: I found that lightly tapping the bone spur for 15-20 minutes with a hammer works to keep it down. Call me crazy, its okay. From what i have found, spurs are calcium deposits and can be broken up; so it makes sense that tapping on them cause it to break down and go away... of course only to come back again!
Okay, I'll call you crazy . Not for doing that, but for thinking about it: You have to have big kohonas to hammer your sore heel. If I get desperate I'll give it a try.
post #8 of 9
the treatment is shockwave therapy, an alternative after failed pt, orthotics etc.
I do the treatment before I suggest open surgery
post #9 of 9

Hit it with a hammer ?????- no you are  not crazy.  I tried and it worked - but I did not lightly tap - gave it a couple of good hits and have not had a problem for 10 years plus.  Told a friend, he tired and worked for him.  Now my wife is a different story.  What is it about a man with a hammer in hand moving steadily toward his bride's  heel, with a bone spur, not intent on causing pain (he he),  smiling as he says "this won't hurt a bit" ...."you'll be good as new", "you know I love you...what part  does she not get????  Well lets just say my wife is on the mend and so far the Doc has charged only $210.00.  for the first visit.  and to think I was trying to save money.

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