Heel Spur Specialist Ewa Beach HI

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.

Jakob Ulfarsson
(808) 432-0000
3288 Moanalua Rd
Honolulu, HI
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Rheumatology

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Martin Ira Leftik, MD
(808) 834-5333
1467 Ala Paumula Street
Honolulu, HI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1966

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(808) 433-6709
1 Jarrett White Rd
Tamc, HI
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Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1963
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Denny Akira Nakayama, MD
(808) 545-4660
321 N Kuakini St Ste 814
Honolulu, HI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1976

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(808) 595-6987
3373 Niolopua Dr
Honolulu, HI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
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2828 Paa St
Honolulu, HI
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(808) 432-0000
3288 Moanalua Rd
Honolulu, HI
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Ken Chas Arakawa, MD
(808) 528-3888
1329 Lusitana St Ste 206
Honolulu, HI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hi John A Burns Sch Of Med, Honolulu Hi 96822
Graduation Year: 1982

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(808) 586-7460
1356 Lusitana St Fl 7
Honolulu, HI
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1970

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321 N Kuakini St
Honolulu, HI
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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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