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Heel pain?

My left heel hurts when I stand or walk a lot. Anyone ever had heel spurs?

Sat. Sep 29, 9:39am

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I had plantar fasciitis. That might be your issue, too. It's treatable but it took me months of exercises, taping my feet, and occasional cortisone shots. I still wear orthotics but it never came back.

Saturday, September 29, 2007, 9:44 AM

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It's a little like walking with a nail in your heel...yes, it is miserable. I had both heel spurs and plantar fascitis. The orthopedic surgeon I saw recommended going a non surgery route (the surgery is MISERABLE, takes long recovery and the spurs may return).

Exercises, wearing shoes around the house and GOOD shoes did the trick for me. Also, I have lost 85 pounds in the last 5 years and that has made a tremendous difference. I rarely feel them.

So toss the silly cute shoes for a while and get active and you will start to feel better. Orthotics are great too but guess what? I don't use them anymore!

Saturday, September 29, 2007, 11:18 AM

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Ah yes, I too never go barefoot in the house -- my Birkenstocks are now my "slippers"! (I'm the 9:44 PP)

Saturday, September 29, 2007, 5:18 PM

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Couple of ideas...

A friend of mine had bone spurs on his heel and, as it turns out, a touch of plantar fasciitis, but all the pain was in his heel. I'm a massage therapist with some interesting tricks up my sleeve -- I fixed the pain with 30 minutes of pressure point work (try Chinese or Thai foot rubs/reflexology if you can find such a thing where you live) and now he keeps it healthy on his own by rolling one of those spiky balls under his socked foot while at work. Another friend of mine found relief in what she calls an "old-school arch strap" that costs about $12. She was in tremendous pain all the time, and now she's at the point where she doesn't wear the strap every waking hour.

Saturday, September 29, 2007, 9:35 PM

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I developed planter fasciitis when I first started Peertrainer and still having problems 18 months later. I've had physical therapy, tape, ice, stretching and it took it all to finally get better, not well but better. The orthopedic doctor didn't recommend surgery but I've found wearing Brooks Ariel shoes and Powerstep insoles are by far the best treatment for me. Good luck to you.

Saturday, September 29, 2007, 9:39 PM

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