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What does a heel spur feel like?

Wander

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coyotewoman
May. 16th, 2007 03:35 am (UTC)
Depends where it is. If it's on the back of your heel, it hurts when the heel hits the floor. If it's on the front part of your heel, it can irritate the tendons running up the arch of your foot so the pain will actually be there instead of in your heel.

I've got one of each. Suppose eventually I'll have the surgery to get rid of them, but right now they're not that bad.

wander
May. 23rd, 2007 04:30 am (UTC)
Front part of the heel. Just on the right foot. If I massage it a good bit, the pain diminishes. But today I walked for 4 hours on a concrete floor in a huge printing plant. My dogs were very tired after that. Guess I need to get in and see the doc. It just started within the last month.

W
decembertyger
May. 16th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC)
The one facing foward toward the toes off the heel feels like walking on hot lava or glass when it has irritated the tendons. Of course it can also be plantar faciatitis (spelling? ) Which I also had and OMG that was not fun.
wander
May. 23rd, 2007 04:31 am (UTC)
I feel it on the front of my heel and up into the arch of my foot. Walking in hard soled shoes with a good arch support feels OK, but plain ole tennis shoes irritate the fuck out of it.

W
decembertyger
May. 24th, 2007 01:13 am (UTC)
New balance walking shoes were what I wore and most of the Dr and Nurses I worked with who had feet problems. They helped alot. I still had to get a special insert from my Peoditrist though and an injection of cortozone before they wern't on fire any more. Haven't had problems since
carocrow
May. 16th, 2007 06:03 am (UTC)
It feels like you've stood on a spike. However, most people don't have heel spurs, they have plantar fascitis, which can be alleviated with stretching and massage. The symptoms are similar, but spurs usually require surgery.

If you know a good massage therapist or pain/postural therapist, go for that before resorting to the orthopedic doctors.
wander
May. 23rd, 2007 04:32 am (UTC)
I think my insurance even pays for massage so I'll go that route first. It's the front of the heel and arch sort of thing. When I massage it, it feels much better.

W
carocrow
May. 23rd, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
That sounds like a "win/win" to me. Hope everything gets better, quickly.

You might try a different pair of shoes, or insoles, also.
beautyofgrey
May. 16th, 2007 02:16 pm (UTC)
If it's in the front of the heel, it's a sharp pain when walking, other times a constant burning sensation. If it's PF (which feels a lot like a spur), then it's aggravated most first thing in the morning or when you've been sitting too long.

I have the PF and mine hurts to touch/massage, although that does help.
wander
May. 23rd, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Yeah first thing in the AM, I have a pronounced limp. If i walk around a bit or massage it, it feels better. But sitting all day at work is a real killer. I need to get up and walk more.

W
redsgoddes
May. 16th, 2007 06:15 pm (UTC)
Sorry you hurt.. hope it gets better. Everyone here has elaborated on the pain so I'll just say *hug*
wander
May. 23rd, 2007 04:34 am (UTC)
Wanna hug my foot?

W
redsgoddes
May. 23rd, 2007 04:41 am (UTC)
Umm...no thanks..but thanks for asking!
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