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When I saw my doctor for the pain in my heel, she did an X-ray and found a heel spur. I've been going to my physical therapist for ultrasound treatments, and the pain is going away. Is this because the ultrasound is breaking up the spur?


Most health experts agree that heel spurs are not the cause of heel pain. The pain is usually from problems of inflammation in the area of the spur. This is a challenging problem to cure due to the scarce blood supply in the bottom part of the heel. Ultrasound treatment applied by your physical therapist is not designed to remove the spur. However, it may be used to help improve the blood supply as a way to speed healing time.

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