Heel Spur Specialist Chicago IL

Acupuncture can effectively treat these conditions and the symptoms that arise from them, but you can also do a lot at home. First, go right to the root of the problem by implementing dietary changes and stress reduction techniques. Reduce damp heat and liver depression by avoiding foods that are fried, greasy, spicy, overly sweet, or generally heavy and hard to digest.

Neal Richard Nygard, MD
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1981

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Shiva Arami, MD
(847) 297-0709
1801 West Taylor Street 3s F13
Chicago, IL
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1996

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Najia Shakoor
(312) 942-6641
1725 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
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Rheumatology

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Bruce C McLeod
(312) 942-5254
1653 W Congress Pkwy
Chicago, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Huan J Chang
(866) 600-2273
1740 W Taylor St
Chicago, IL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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John Lyle Skosey, MD
(708) 795-3975
135 S La Salle St
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1961
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Illinois At Chic, Chicago, Il
Group Practice: Illinois Bone & Joint

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Augustine Manadan
(312) 942-6641
1725 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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William I Swedler, MD
(312) 413-3910
1801 West Taylor South 3rd Floor
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1978

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Rohit Aggarwal
(312) 563-2800
1725 W Harrison St
Chicago, IL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Amjad Ali, MD
(606) 878-6520
1725 W Harrison St Ste 120
Chicago, IL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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Battling Bone Spurs

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By Robert Keller, CA

Q. My feet hurt when I get up in the morning and after I stand for a long time. My doctor says I have a heel spur. What causes this and what can I do about it?

In Chinese medicine, bone spurs develop from a number of different imbalances, most commonly a combination of damp heat (resulting from improper diet and compromised digestion) and liver depression (stagnation in the body’s flow of qi energy and blood caused by stress and frustration). These underlying factors allow spurs to grow but the swelling and inflammation that result from these imbalances—not the spur itself—cause the pain. In fact, a number of disorders of the feet arise from these same imbalances and can cause similar symptoms. These include plantar fasciitis (inflammation of the connective tissue of the feet), Morton’s neuroma (a nodule that grows on the nerves between the toes), and even bunions and hammer toes.

Acupuncture can effectively treat these conditions and the symptoms that arise from them, but you can also do a lot at home. First, go right to the root of the problem by implementing dietary changes and stress reduction techniques. Reduce damp heat and liver depression by avoiding foods that are fried, greasy, spicy, overly sweet, or generally heavy and hard to digest. Dairy falls into the last category, so try to minimize your intake. Coffee (including decaf) also strongly aggravates these imbalances, so consider eliminating it until the problem resolves. You can reduce stress through purposeful practices such as meditation, yoga, t’ai chi, and qigong. Even as little as 20 minutes a day can have a dramatic impact.

Try massaging the bafeng (eight wind) acupuncture points. They are located just in front of the webbing between each of the toes and can be massaged with your thumb for 30 seconds on each point, twice a day. Massage any tender points on the heel or foot with a Chinese rubbing oil such as Po Sum On, or cover the entire foot with a liniment such as Tieh Ta Yao Jiu. You can find these at Asian grocery stores, martial arts supply centers, acupuncture clinics, or online. A small towel looped around the foot will allow you to gently stretch your foot side to side and back toward your body, which can also make a difference. With proper treatment and self-care, eight weeks is generally enough time to resolve the pain. The spur itself will take longer to treat.

Author: Robert Keller, CA

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