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Posted by: leila (Guest), Friday, June 23, 2006, 5:23pm
My apologies if I've missed info on this question, but a friend of mine who's a "B" blood type has been diagnosed to have "heel spur" and is deeply in pain. She's doing her best to follow the BTD but is presently overweight. Any ideas?

Leila
Posted by: KimonoKat, Friday, June 23, 2006, 5:39pm; Reply: 1
I know this problem personally.  They take some time to form; they will take time to disolve.

Custom made insoles.  For temporary relief, she can get those small cushion heel pads that have a hole in the center.  Those helped quite a bit until I finally bit the bullet and got custom insoles made.

Posted by: northernstars, Saturday, June 24, 2006, 1:57am; Reply: 2
This may sound a bit weird, but I got irritated with being in pain and really stomped my foot.  That really hurt, but apparently, that broke the spur.  I've not had it return.  I also started the BTD a few months later and I'm sure that has been a help.
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Saturday, June 24, 2006, 6:33am; Reply: 3
From what I've read, the "spur" isn't generally the actual problem.  The pain is due to inflammation of the tendon in your arch, but that doesn't show up on xrays, and the calcification does, so it gets blamed.  The actual name of the condition is plantar fasciitis.

I had this problem last year, and it turned out to be due to walking on gravel.  I went back to doing my "walks" on a smooth surface, and the pain went away, starting within a day or two.

Edna had a thread recently where she described having the same problem and cleared it up by getting a new pair of shoes -- Crocs in her case, but presumably any shoe with a good, resiliant sole would have done the job.

The key is to figure out what you're doing that irritates the tendon, and then stop doing it!
Posted by: KimonoKat, Saturday, June 24, 2006, 4:00pm; Reply: 4
I dunno.  My chiropractor said that heel spurs and plantar fascitis are two different things.
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Sunday, June 25, 2006, 7:12am; Reply: 5
They're two different symptoms (calcification vs. inflammation), but all of the web sites I checked last year seemed to consider them two facets of the same syndrome.  And they were quite adamant that it's generally the inflammation that causes the pain.

In any case, it can't hurt to make your feet as happy as possible and see if the pain clears up.  My own experience and Edna's report both imply that it's important to avoid "punishing" your feet by walking on uneven surfaces and/or wearing inadequate shoes.  A good (i.e., not cheap!) pair of athletic-type walking shoes (Nike, Adidas, New Balance, etc.) is a good start.  My personal guess is that orthotics wouldn't often be necessary if people just wore good-quality off-the-shelf shoes.

It's worth a try.
Posted by: leila (Guest), Sunday, June 25, 2006, 5:50pm; Reply: 6
Thanks to all of you for sharing your experiences and ideas...  :D

I passed on all the info you've given to my friend. The strange thing is, having tried a variety of shoes, she's most comfortable when she wears high heels. Never before did she wear them but these days she says she's got to wear high heels to avoid pain.

Bestist,
Leila
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, June 25, 2006, 5:56pm; Reply: 7
I tried everything.  Tried treating the plantar faciatis (sp?), tried treating the heel spurs, nothing worked.  I felt the best when I walked on my tip toes.  The little cushions with the hole helped quite a bit but the pain never went away completely until I got the custom insoles.

The Health Series Arthritis program helped a lot, too.

Posted by: leila (Guest), Sunday, June 25, 2006, 6:17pm; Reply: 8
Quoted from KimonoKat
 I felt the best when I walked on my tip toes.  


In that case, did it help you to wear high heel shoes, too?

Bestist,
Leila
Posted by: KimonoKat, Sunday, June 25, 2006, 7:35pm; Reply: 9
There's no way I could get my foot into a high heel, lol!  The reason it feels good to her, is she is shifting more of her weight to the balls of her feet and off her heels.
Posted by: Brighid45, Monday, June 26, 2006, 12:43am; Reply: 10
I have heel spurs so big I gained an inch in height over ten years, and this was well past my last growth spurt. Honest. My podiatrist took my x-rays with him to a convention because he said they were the biggest spurs he'd ever seen in 20 years of working with patients. Everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame, mine is for heel spurs *lol*

I got mine from being obese and standing on concrete floors with inadequate shoes and bad floor mats. The calcification from the constant tearing of the muscle built up till the spurs began to break off. I have to be very careful about putting my heels down too hard or I end up off my feet for a couple of days due to the swelling and pain. I have a lot of loose fragments in my heels.

Since I started following the BTD however, the problem is slowly subsiding. I still have big spurs, but they don't bother me nearly as much.

I second the vote for good shoes as well. Get someone who knows shoes to help you choose a good pair. Use inserts as well, they do help. I walk for exercise and if I didn't wear New Balance sneaks and use inserts, I would be in some discomfort.

I have also noticed that if I eat a lot of starch or sugar, my heels ache.
Posted by: leila (Guest), Monday, June 26, 2006, 5:53am; Reply: 11
Quoted from Brighid45
I have heel spurs so big I gained an inch in height over ten years, and this was well past my last growth spurt. Honest.

Since I started following the BTD however, the problem is slowly subsiding. I still have big spurs, but they don't bother me nearly as much.

I have also noticed that if I eat a lot of starch or sugar, my heels ache.


Oh, I felt for you as I read about your pain. I'm so glad you've found ways to subside the pain.
How long ago did you start the BTD, btw?

When I passed on all the info I got from this forum on to my friend, she told me about this home made drink she's been having and she thinks it's helping. I don't have a clue how this helps but I'll write you the recipe:

1 lt water
1 kg raisins
25 gr black pepper

Put water & raisins in a pan and bring to a boil
When raisins are tender, add black pepper.
Get the water into a jar by squashing the raisins with a spoon through a sieve

Drink one spoonful of this liquid 3 times a day (morning-noon-evening)

Bestist,










Posted by: leila (Guest), Monday, June 26, 2006, 5:55am; Reply: 12
Quoted from KimonoKat
 The reason it feels good to her, is she is shifting more of her weight to the balls of her feet and off her heels.[/b]


I think so too.
Posted by: leila (Guest), Monday, June 26, 2006, 6:15am; Reply: 13
Quoted from northernstars
This may sound a bit weird, but I got irritated with being in pain and really stomped my foot.  That really hurt, but apparently, that broke the spur.  I've not had it return.  I also started the BTD a few months later and I'm sure that has been a help.


Each time I scan the mails in this thread, this amazes me. How extraordinary and lucky! I'm happy for you...  :D
Posted by: Carol the Dabbler, Monday, June 26, 2006, 8:01pm; Reply: 14

But don't try this at home, kids!
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