Heel Spur Specialist Livonia MI

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.

Dipti Gunjan Shah, MD
(734) 779-2143
15134 Levan Rd
Livonia, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1983

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Joseph Jacob Weiss
(248) 478-7860
18829 Farmington Rd
Livonia, MI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Paul E Wenig, DO
28100 Grand River Ave Ste 202S
Farmington Hills, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1966

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Inocencio Antonio Cuesta, MD
(248) 477-1549
28100 Grand River Ave Ste 206
Farmington Hills, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Tech De Santiago (Utesa), Esc De Med, Santiago
Graduation Year: 1986

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Irving Harvey Fox, MD
(248) 477-0100
28100 Grand River Ave Ste 314
Farmington Hills, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1967

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Sarmad Almansour, MD
8816 Norwich St
Livonia, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Baghdad, Coll Of Med, Baghdad, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1982

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Paul E Wenig
(248) 471-1549
28100 Grand River Ave
Farmington Hills, MI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Inocencio A Cuesta
(248) 471-1549
28100 Grand River Ave
Farmington Hills, MI
Specialty
Rheumatology

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Paul E Wenig, DO
28100 Grand River Ave
Farmington Hills, MI
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1966

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Joyce M Mitchell, MD
(734) 844-5330
1051 N Canton Center Rd
Canton, MI
Specialties
Pediatrics, Pediatric Rheumatology
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1988

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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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