What you have above is an X-ray I took about two weeks ago. My left foot has been bothering me for about two months (maybe longer). The pain is on the bottom of my heel. When I was at my doctor for a routine visit, I asked her to give me a referral for an X-ray since I was going to that building for routine bloodwork anyway. I knew if I went to see the orthopedist he would send me for an X-ray. My appointment is later today and I'll be ready with a CD of my foot (the technician just handed it over when I was done). Now I had already self-diagnosed myself and the X-ray confirmed my suspicion: a heel spur. You see that little chupchick sticking out?--it's not supposed to be there. Once I had diagnosed myself (before confirmation via radiation) I also self-treated with specific exercises (G-d, I love the internet). Treatment has been semi-successful until I started Trep's Walking Program on Sunday. Now I think more aggressive treatment is warranted. I'll consult with Dr. Sugar (really his name. Well, its Sucar, which in Hebrew is sugar) and we'll decide on a plan of action together. Or he'll tell me what to do and I'll nod my head in agreement.
I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, I don't mind any free advice you happen to have.