I developed a bone spur on the back of my right heel in 2009. I started experiencing arthritis in my left knee in 2005 and then in my right knee.
The past year it has gotten to the point that my heel hurts worse than my knees. I visited an orthopedic doctor, x-rays showed that I have no cartilage in my left knee and a very small amount in my right knee. Oddly enough my right knee hurts more than my left knee. I was given a steroid shot to my right knee and within a couple of hours my knee felt much better. That lasted for about 4 weeks, then when doing some stretches for my bone spur, my knee started hurting again.
A few weeks later I visited a podiatrist who examined my heel and took x-rays which show a very big bone spur on the back of my heel. He gave me instructions for stretches, wearing orthopedic sleeve over my heel, had my ice my heel daily and gave me a prescription med. A month later nothing helped, my heel was hurting worse than before. I went in to see my podiatrist for a follow-up visit and it was decided that I have the surgery done to remove the spur off my heel.
Upon reading these comments, I’m getting nervous about the surgery. With having arthritis in both knees and then the heel spur, it has been very difficult for me to move around much, hence I gained 20 lbs. over the past year.
I don’t feel that much else will help my heel but the surgery. I can only wear flat shoes with no heel around the back of my shoe, I lived in flip-flops all summer. The surgery will consist of cutting the tendon that connects to my heel, then cutting off the big bone spur and then re-attaching the tendon. I was told I’ll be off my foot for about 3 weeks, but can use crutches or a knee wheel. No way I could use the knee wheel with my knees, even the crutches will be iffy for me. The other option is a small wheel chair. My doctor said including the 3 weeks it will take 6 to 8 weeks to recuperate which will include some physical therapy.
Wish me luck!