For most of my life I had no foot problems at all, but then I suddenly began to experience pain in my right foot – between the arch and the heel. After a few weeks I spoke to my family physician about the problem, and he referred me to a podiatrist.
The podiatrist examined my foot, asked me a few questions, had my foot x-rayed, and then diagnosed the problem as a heel spur. Evidently it is a very common foot ailment. He injected my foot with cortisone and had an assistant use ultrasound and apply an arch-supporting bandage. I was asked to come back in two weeks. During the second visit I received the same treatment, except there was no x-ray. There was no improvement in my foot.
A week or so after my second visit to the podiatrist, I encountered a former co-worker whom I remembered having foot problems, and I asked him about it. He said that his problem was also diagnosed as a heel spur. After several visits to a foot specialist, with no improvement in his condition, he had started wearing arch supports. The problem had gone away.
I immediately headed for the local pharmacy and purchased some arch supports, and my foot began to feel much better. That is, it was feeling better until I received a bill from the podiatrist. At that point I felt bad all over.
P.S. I do not wish to disparage podiatrists. The incident I described happened a number of years ago. I see a podiatrist regularly now, and I have the highest respect for him and his skill