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Heel Spur Surgery?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I am getting my bunionectomy Oct 14th. I found out that I also have a heel spur which explains why my heel hurts so bad! I have 3 options: get a shot of cortisone, topaz, or have the spur removed. Having the spur removed will take 3 months!! (Bunion will be 6 - 8 weeks).

At first I decided to get the spur removed since I am getting the bunion done, but after googling heel spurs, it doesn't look like a good idea.

Does anyone have any experience with bone spurs??

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INFLATED 10/3/2011 3:38AM

    If the spur is on the bottom of the foot, it is a fairly common surgery. I had spurs grow through my Achilles tendon and had to have the tendon cut, then reattached to my heel. I had the left foot done and have the same condition on the right foot. I hope I die without another surgery.

I should have sued the practice. I cannot get a shoe on the foot on many days and it is nearly a size larger than the right foot with daily swelling. I think the location of the spur is what determines having the operation.

When I had my surgery, we were to bring along crutches and were supposed to be tutored on how to use them before the surgery. They were also supposed to be adjusted to my height. Well, that didn't happen. I was sick and vomiting after surgery and was the last patient released. There were steps up to our house at all entrances and my husband dragged me by my sweat pants up the steps. I fell twice before my follow-up visit and I attribute that to the crutches being too low for my height.

After one fall, I thought I was bleeding and a nurse or receptionist didn't put me through to the doctor. She said I had a window on my cast which I did not have. I told her there was no opening to check the incision. She said if I saw blood on the outside of the cast or my foot felt warm (blood), to go the the ER.

My heel is misshapen and my foot gets stiff now and the foot is prone to swelling.

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KAREN_NY 9/30/2011 9:23PM

    I'm sorry I don't, but OW!!! I hope you find a solution that you're happy with.

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52WEEKSLAURA 9/29/2011 1:13PM

    I would try the other recommendations before surgery. I was having a problem with my heel. A burning pain every morning ( fasciitis ) it was so hard just walking to the bathroom! My doctor recommended some stretches. They made the pain go completely away. It took a few weeks of doing the stretches up to three times a day. I had gel inserts in my shoes. I had to wear my shoes almost all day. Walking was painful.

Here is a real good link!

Take care emoticon

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/29/2011 10:06AM

    Both sound painful, I wish you the best of luck!

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Thank God....

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Today we found out that my husband (age 48) is cancer free!! Because he gets a physical and blood work every year - he caught prostate cancer in the earliest stage - and had it removed robotically. It did not spread and the surgeon was able to keep his nerves in tact.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE tell all the men in your life. There is NO reason for anyone to die of this type of cancer. AND, if they catch it early, there is NO side effects.

I now get to keep tormenting my husband for at least another 40 years :)

... Oh!! Also...I am so happy I had already started running! It helped SO MUCH with stress relief (and my sanity)!

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TAMIK1964 9/28/2011 7:47PM

    That is wonderful news!!! My dad went through the same thing several years ago with the same results. It was such a relief to know they had caught it early. Enjoy the many years of tormenting him ahead of you :)

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52WEEKSLAURA 9/28/2011 12:05AM

    emoticon This is the best news I got all day!! emoticon

I'm so happy for you both and I will make sure my husband gets in there for his yearly check-up! emoticon

Gotta love technology!! emoticon

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52WEEKSLAURA 9/28/2011 12:05AM

    Awesome about your running too!!! emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/27/2011 10:58PM


I'm so happy for you both!!

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NCSUE0514 9/27/2011 8:44PM

    Great news! Thank God, indeed!

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Getting ready for the Main Street Mile Race...

Monday, September 26, 2011

Working on speed this week, I would like to run the mile in 9 mins or under. This is the first year I am running in it...I always wanted to but didn't think I would make it! My 20 year old son is running it too. When I run with him - well, actually, try to keep up with him - I always go faster. I can keep up with him for a little bit, then he is gone!

My husband and 2 friends are going to walk it. My husband usually runs with me, but can't due to his surgery. I am glad he is still going to walk.

So, my training this week consists of volleying my 5k run with an all out, very fast 1 mile run on the treadmill. It's time to KICK IT!!

Sounds like a plan...

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KAREN_NY 9/30/2011 9:24PM

    So exciting! Are you able to run with the heel pain?

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/27/2011 1:59PM

    What a wonderful family activity! Best of luck to all of you.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/27/2011 12:14AM

    That sounds very exciting! I can't wait to hear/read how it turns out! I hope you have a great week of training!

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TAMIK1964 9/26/2011 9:31PM

    Good luck!!! I need to try sometime to see how fast I can do a mile. I know I can't come close to 9 minutes. You rock!!!!

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AVROIEN 9/26/2011 8:45PM

  Good Luck on your run. It sounds like you have a good goal. emoticon

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WooHoo Moment...One Big Goal Completed...Yayyy!!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Tonight, despite suffering from a cold, lack of sleep, and a week of hell -- I completed my goal of running five 5k's this running season. Now that it is over (during the race I didn't feel this way), I can say I am glad that I made myself pre-register for the race three days ago. I made myself sign-up so that I would go, no matter what was going on. Knowing that it was coming up gave me no excuses not to practice and run ahead of time.

I must also say that this was, by far, the most competitive race I have been in to date. It was a pink, breast cancer research fundraiser and an all female race. There was close to 400 women in the race. Several women -- all different age groups -- came in at 21 minutes! I ran it in 30.06 and came in tenth for my age group. What a workout it was!

Next year I am going to keep five 5ks as my annual goal, but I am going to work on speed. I am also going to add a half marathon in. I should be able to do this once I heal from my foot surgery this Fall.
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KAREN_NY 9/24/2011 2:12PM

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Congratulations! This means you need to update the other goal on your page, because now you've smacked it down at 9.39mph. emoticon
Keep rockin' it!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/23/2011 7:22PM

    Way to go! That is an awesome yearly goal.

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BABIE_JANE 9/23/2011 6:20PM

    I'm training for the virtual 5k on here. Maybe someday I'll do a real one, sure would like to sometime.

Congrats to you!

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INFLATED 9/23/2011 1:56AM

    That's great! My daughter has a friend that runs a 50-mile race every year. Last year it was so cold, they watched her for hypothermia.

You asked if I plan to run. I would like to at some point, but I have so much weight on the front of me, that it flops when I run. I don't have good balance any more either. I think I need to lose more weight and then try to work running in as part of my daily exercise.

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    emoticon job! I'm really impressed that you pushed through and did it despite the week that you've had. You are definitely a no-excuses kind of woman, huh?? emoticon

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Last night's set back...

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Actually, it was 1:45 this morning. My husband woke me to go to the emergency room, after a set back in his recovery. He didn't tell me he was having a problem until it was bad - very bad. Said he was looking up what to do on the internet as I slept! Anyway, I sped to the hospital (not the closest but better one). Wouldn't you know they were working on I-95 and the hospital exit was closed! No sign ahead of time, so we had to drive all the way to Wilmington, DE, turn around and head back to get to the hospital. Not a good thing when the person you love is in a ton of pain. I have never seen him hurting so bad -- it was awful and very upsetting.

This afternoon he is doing better, home again. I squeezed a 1 1/2 hour nap in today. I have a VERY hard time functioning without 8 hours of sleep. Trying to get it together to run when my son gets home...supposed to run my last 5k of the season tomorrow night. It's a women's race for the pink ribbon 5k, we are all getting pink shirts & make-up bags -- too cool.

I am going to try to complete two of my goals, one of which is to run five 5ks this summer, the other to beat my 5k time of 29.47

Thanks for all of your support - you guys are awesome!


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KAREN_NY 9/24/2011 2:14PM

    How scary. Sorry I'm late in catching the news, but I hope his recovery is now taking a turn for the better. :) Here are some "HEALium" balloons for him!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 9/22/2011 4:34PM

    Wow! I hope you get rested before the race or take it slower if you are not. I can only imagine what you are going through, but I will be sending prayers to you and your family.

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RIVADERCHI 9/22/2011 12:14AM

    Hi R.'s Mom, so sorry to hear about your hubby's setback... did they let him out too soon or did he overdo on the honey do list? Anyway, all's well that ends well. Hope your run went well and you beat your time! Hang in there, and try and catch up on your beauty sleep.... I'm the same way... a good night's sleep is the basis of good health and looks! Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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    I'm glad he's ok. That sounds very stressful. I can't believe you're still going to go out and do a run on such little sleep. You must be super motivated! I can't wait to hear how you do on your run tomorrow night. emoticon

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