Heel Spur Specialist Farmington NM

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.

Suzanne Curtis Gray, MD
(505) 325-8881
228 N Schwartz Ave
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1986

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Pooja Banerjee, MD
1992 Lone Tree Ln
Las Cruces, NM
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Minsk Med Inst, Minsk, Belarus
Graduation Year: 1992

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Jacqueline Kim Dean, MD
1617 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1990

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Sharon Nunez
(505) 280-0404
4901 Lang Ave Ne
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Leroy Arnold Pacheco, MD
(505) 341-4148
1617 University Blvd NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1986

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Suzanne Curtis Gray
(505) 325-8881
228 N Schwartz Ave
Farmington, NM
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Rheumatology

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Wilmer Sibbitt
(505) 272-3840
5th Ambulatory Care Ctr
Albuquerque, NM
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Fredrica L Emrich Smith, MD
(505) 662-9400
3917 West Rd
Los Alamos, NM
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1971

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James B Farrell, MD
(505) 262-3223
3408 La Sala del Este NE
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1963

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Frank Xavier O'Sullivan, MD
(505) 262-3228
5400 Gibson Blvd SE 4th Fl/Elevator A
Albuquerque, NM
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1978

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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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