Heel Spur Specialist Gadsden AL

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.

Carlos Ganuza Masferrer, MD
(256) 492-1525
1026 Goodyear Ave Ste 100B
Gadsden, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De El Salvador, Fac De Med, San Salvador, El Salvador
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Riverview Reg Med Ctr, Gadsden, Al
Group Practice: Orthopedic Center

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Warren D Blackburn
(256) 734-3202
408 Clark St Ne
Cullman, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Thomas Bryant Traylor, MD
(205) 933-0320
2145 Highland Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1974

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Warren D Blackburn Jr, MD
(205) 934-4212
312 Ridge Rd
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: University Of Alabama Hosp, Birmingham, Al

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David Andrew Mc Lain, MD
(205) 877-2555
2022 Brookwood Medical Ctr Dr
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Brookwood Med Ctr, Birmingham, Al
Group Practice: Birmingham Rheumatology

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Daniel Scott Prince, MD
(205) 355-8821
1502 Sibert Dr
Glencoe, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1970

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Teresa Jean Oglesby
(251) 633-8880
6701 Airport Blvd
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Parks Winfield Pratt
(334) 793-9564
4300 W Main St
Dothan, AL
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Larry Wayne Moreland, MD
(205) 934-2130
1717 6th Ave S,
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1983

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Peter B Sinks
(251) 660-5787
3301 Knollwood Dr
Mobile, AL
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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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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