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Pain in the -- Foot

Jul 19, 2005
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As you get older your body starts to fall apart. This is acceptable in theory and even funny when it is happening to someone else. Who of you has secretly laughed at the woman in the LifeAlert commercial from the 80ís that says "I've fallen and canít get up".

But now I get to a serious problem (serious because it's happening to me). Heel Spur.

Iíve never even heard of this thing. Iím an average overweight aging guy and a problem with my foot would never even occur to me that it could even happen. Iíve never done serious exercise, I donít run marathons or anything Ė WHERE DOES THIS COME FROM!

Doing a little research on Google (google is the new family doctor) states...

Heel spurs are commonly seen in patients who have a history of foot pain and are most often seen in middle-aged men and women

The heel spur itself is not thought to be the primary cause of pain, rather inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia is thought to be the primary problem. The diagnosis of a heel spur is made when an X-ray shows a hook of bone protruding from the bottom of the foot at the point where the plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone.

Ok, the real question though is "HOW DO I MAKE IT GO AWAY"Ö

There were numerous treatments I found...

  • Rest
    Just resting usually helps to eliminate the most severe pain, and will allow the inflammation to begin to cool down.
    This is good, I sleep a lot.

  • Apply Ice Packs
    Icing will help to diminish some of the symptoms and control the heel pain.
    No good, too much work

  • Exercises and Stretches
    Designed to relax the tissues that surround the heel bone.
    No, really, I think Iíve covered my thoughts on exercise

  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications
    Over-the-counter medications are usually sufficient, but prescription options are also available.
    Getting up and going to the store, hmm, probably a way to go though.

  • Shoe Inserts
    The shoe inserts often permit patients to continue their routine activities without pain.
    This is what Iím trying, so far not a total success.

    Shoe inserts seem to reduce some of the pain, Iíve also tried changing my shoes. The thing to know about the inserts is it makes one foot higher than the other, making the caliph muscles in the other leg a bit tighter.

    My second choice is medication, which might be the way to go since Iím generally lazy and my foot hurts.

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