Heel Spur Specialist Virginia Beach VA

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.

Gary Richard Siegel, MD
(804) 481-9157
1241 Southfield Pl
Virginia Beach, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1980

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Nils Siegfried Erikson, MD
(757) 953-2160
Virginia Beach, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1978

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Eric Carleton Hodeen, MD
(757) 466-5992
1221 Barn Brook Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1968

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Janice Costilow Sherwood, MD
(757) 481-9157
933 First Colonial Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Female
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Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 1991

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Dr.Michael Cannon
(757) 491-7359
933 First Colonial Rd # 100
Virginia Beach, VA
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Stephen Edward Plotnick
(757) 412-1048
3500 Virginia Beach Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA
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William Wood Gough, MD
(757) 466-5933
1120 N Inlynnview Rd
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1967
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Hospital: Sentara Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Va
Group Practice: Sentara

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Arthur R Dunnington, MD
(757) 481-9157
933 First Colonial Rd Ste 100
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1973

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Stephen Edward Plotnick, MD
(757) 412-1048
1821 Old Donation Pkwy Ste 5
Virginia Beach, VA
Specialties
Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1988
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Hospital: Sentara Bayside Hospital, Virginia Bch, Va

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Neil Michael Sullivan, MD
(757) 466-5930
850 Hempsville Road
Norfolk, VA
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Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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Male
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Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
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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