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I have heel spur syndrome. How long should I expect this pain to last?


Heel spur syndrome--a condition brought on by bony growths on the heel--usually runs its course within 12 to 18 months. But you needn't be in pain for that long. You can speed your recovery by resting and icing your sore foot, and by having physical therapy. Physical therapy, along with medication, heel cushions, and possibly even steroid injections in the sore heel, usually helps patients feel better within a few months. If these treatments aren't working for you, your doctor may suggest surgery as an option to remove the spur. Talk with your doctor to learn about other ways to help manage your symptoms.

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