Heel Spur Specialist Grand Junction CO

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.

D Bruce Faber, DO
(563) 388-8101
1060 Orchard Ave Unit C
Grand Junction, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1982

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Peter Yamamura Shane, MD
1160 Patterson Rd
Grand Junction, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1997

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James William Levine, DO
(802) 288-9521
4757 Valley Oak Dr
Loveland, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Nova Se Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Ft Lauderdale Fl 33328
Graduation Year: 1998

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David Harris Collier, MD
(303) 436-6909
777 Bannock St # 4001
Denver, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1977

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Dave Marc Nordstrom, MD
(719) 471-1069
1725 E Boulder St Ste 204
Colorado Springs, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1981

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David Bruce Faber
(970) 257-1411
1060 Orchard Ave
Grand Junction, CO
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Rheumatology

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Sandra A Horvath-Dori
(970) 242-3535
627 25 1/2 Rd
Grand Junction, CO
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Dr.James Day
(303) 233-7600
1805 Kipling St # 105
Denver, CO
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M
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1967
Speciality
Rheumatologist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Aryeh Fischer
(303) 398-1703
1400 Jackson St
Denver, CO
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology

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Robert Baer Gibbons, MD
(303) 837-7836
1835 Franklin St
Denver, CO
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Denver Health Med Ctr, Denver, Co; St Joseph Hosp, Denver, Co; University Hosp, Denver, Co
Group Practice: St Joseph Hospital

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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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