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Molly Maloof, MD

Director of Clinical Content

Surgical Question Need To Know ASAP

Hello I was wondering what would be the situation with going to school after having a bone spur removed (from foot) I will remove the spur from both feet . I was just wondering if you know if I am going to be able to go or not? Thank you for your time.
  • Female | 18 years old
  • Complaint duration: 90 days
  • Medications: None
  • Conditions: None

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I don't know where the spurs are located on your feet but I can't think of any reason you couldn't go to school. You may have to wear some clunky post operative shoes for a while but I would anticipate that you could be up and around with minimal interruption. Good luck
Gary Cramer
It depends where the bone spur is located. If you are talking about a heel spur at the bottom of the foot (plantar fasciitis related), surgery is not usually necessary. There are many conservative treatments which usually work very well. See your local foot and ankle specialist for appropriate treatment. If your doctor is forcing the issue of surgery and has not tried much conservative treatment, see another physician for a second opinion.
Where is the bone spur?
18 years of age I think it's premature to have surgery on both your feet to your heels. You have plenty of nonsurgical options including heel cups arch supports, Night splints physical therapy PRP Cortizone or stem cell injections. It perform surgically it can be done endoscopically which allows a much quicker recovery
Steven M. Stoller
Really depends on location...
Vern M. Chuba
I don't think you will need to miss the school.
Robert Talac
I would echo the answers from my colleagues. More information is necessary from you to give you accurate estimates of what to expect. Let us know and good luck!!
LIke real estate location is everything in your question. For example if these are on the bottom of your heels you will have a period of time ~2-4 weeks of difficulty walking for >15 minutes even in a surgical shoe or removable cast boot. The amount of walking, the terrain; stairs, uneven ground; the weather - wet-raining are all issues. You may want to do 1 foot at a time depending on where your spurs are and the amount of walking you need to do.

You need to discuss this issue with your surgeon to get the best advice. Always find out how long it could take, everybody heals differently so just because a person may have had the "same problem" it may be a different process for you. Best to know the "worse case" scenario for healing. Few people have a problem healing faster; but longer can be an issue.

Best to you.
Gary S. Scheinin
Location and type of procedure performed is the primary questions needed to be answered prior to giving time for recovery.
There are many factors to be considered. It depends mostly on where the Spurs are on your feet you may have to wear either a postoperative shoe or if they're small enough you may be able to get away with a flip-flop. I would not anticipate this would hold you back from school other than the fact that it is both feet and you would have to have somebody probably drive you to school
Steven T. Puccio