Question:I have heel spurs. What are my treatment options?
For starters, heel spur syndrome--the condition brought on by bony growths on the heel--usually requires that you rest the sore foot. Physical therapy is also a good option. A physical therapist uses heat and cold, heel cushions, and special exercises to get you back on your feet. Your doctor may also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs to ease your recovery. When pain still won't go away, your doctor may suggest injecting steroid medicine into the sore area.
A small percentage of patients don't get relief after trying these treatments for several months. If you're one of them, you may want to find out about surgery to remove the spur. So far, patients have had good results from a new endoscopic procedure, which uses a small camera-like device to find and remove bone spurs. This procedure may be an option for you further down the road.
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