Need Advice! How do other ppl cope with heel spurs and tendonitis?

Friday, April 06, 2012

My foot dr. was not much help...I have lost 47lbs mostly by walking with my little dog...But every step is so painful...more painful now than it was a few months ago. I have tendonitis in my right heel and the xrays showed 2 bone spurs on the same heel.
He said, no going barefoot at home, no wearing flip flops, and buy something to put in the heel of my shoes...
How do people cope with this pain, when you need to exercise, but each step is painful? I'm discouraged!
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    Good info.

    2170 days ago
    The stretches the other suggested will help immensely, as will ice. Add some non-impact exercize in a few times a week. Make sure you are wearing good, supportive shoes. The main thing that has helped me has been inserts - I use an insert for my shoe called Powerstep Pinnacle orthotics - they are only around $20 on Amazon and they have helped a ton. Good luck - and congratulations on your progress!
    2207 days ago
    I have a severe case of achilles tendonitis in both heels. I did 6 physical therapy sessions and well there was some relief from the medication they applied, but it was so short lived it wasn't worth it (a matter of a couple hours). Consider different shoes. I was wearing Reebok's and switched to Nike's. Add a heel cup to your shoes. A little lift and cushion helps a lot. Consider buying a split to wear at night so that you can not point your toes, but keeps the foot flexed all night. STRETCH!!! I stand with my toes on the edge of the steps and let my heel hang off and stretch the tendon OR I put my toes on a chair again letting my heels hang off and put my hands on my knee and gentle push down with consistent force so that I can feel the tendon stretching. I use an elliptical. It stretches out the tendon and doesn't have that constant pain of your heels striking off the pavement. After I am finished I ice my heels. In the last few weeks, I have been doing more and more walking and the pain is less and less.. I am up to about 45-60 minutes daily.
    2207 days ago
    How about swimming? Would that help? I also had heel spurs but no tendonitis problems.

    Maybe a sports orthapedic doctor would be more help? They might deal with this stuff more
    2208 days ago
  • BEEJAY49
    I don't have heel spurs, but I do have plantar faciitis. Icing the area and the exercise that Stubbskid mentioned should help and also try either the gel heel insert or an arch support. I use the arch support and it helps so much.
    No tendonitis here, but I know many who have and they say the only thing that really helps that is a cortizone shot. I won't guarantee it though. I hope you get some relief soon. Hugs!
    2208 days ago
    I'm sorry that you are in pain. I can totally relate to that. I broke my left ankle twice growing up and it never healed properly. I have really bad arthritis in that ankle, tendonitis and a bone spur. Having super large flat feet also doesn't help.

    I love my foot doctor and he has suggested several things that have really helped. I bought a good ankle brace from his office. It wraps around your foot, laces up like roller skates and also has velcro for extra support around my ankle. I wore that until my ankle could heal. I haven't needed to wear it for a long time.

    He also suggested doing stretching exercises on my ankles BEFORE I get out of bed in the morning. The ligaments tighten up while you are sleeping. Stretching them out will help with the pain. Rotate your ankle in both directions while you are laying down. Bend forward and back very gentle and slowly. Repeat this when you first sit up and your feet are hanging over the side of the bed.

    I know you said you like to walk with your dog but swimming or water aerobics is a great form of exercise for people with feet problems. I also have a brace for my ankle that I use in the pool.

    Good luck and I really hope you find some relief.
    2208 days ago
    ESWT, a non-surgical treatment. I was in terrible pain for 2 years. I had this treatment on both feet 3-4 times. That was 5 years ago, NO pain since. A miracle! Check it out, on the web, and lots of foot specialists do it now.
    2208 days ago
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