Heel Spur And Pain On Top Of Foot, Also Swelling


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Heel Spur And Pain On Top Of Foot, Also Swelling


Since January of this year I have had painful swelling on the top of my left foot when I take a step, around the arch. I consulted my doctor and was referred to a podiatrist. He suggested orthotics, but the pain has remained. Finally, after more visits to my doctor, an x-ray was taken that showed no inflammation in the top of foot, but it showed a tiny heel spur under my heel. I tried special heel inserts, but again I got no relief. I will have to wait until the end of September this year to see an orthopaedic surgeon. Does anyone have any other suggestions for managing this until then?


Heel spurs are a fairly common cause of pain on the top of the foot. Some of the self treatments suggested include: • Wearing less restricting shoes (i.e., loosen laces, etc.)

• Applying ice for 10 or 15 minutes several times a day. (Try rolling your foot over a frozen water bottle or frozen can of fruit/vegetables.)

• Try doughnut-shaped heel inserts. (You can make them yourself by cutting a piece of foam rubber (about 1/4" thick) to make a doughnut-shaped pad that fits over the bone spur.) If this is the type of inserts you tried already, you might try heel risers instead.

• If these don't work, you might ask your doctor about the possibility of a corticosteroid injection to help until your September appointment with the orthopaedic surgeon.

Here are some other links that might be useful:

What Your Feet Say About Your Health

Foot Pain - Forefoot Pain

Hall of Shame: Shoes That Cause Pain

Answered by Karen Lee Richards