Heel Spurs

Heel spurs, or calcaneal spurs, are bony protrusions that develop on the underside of the heel bone (calcaneus). While many people with heel spurs experience no symptoms, others may suffer from significant pain and discomfort that can impact daily activities and quality of life. 

Our dedicated team of experts is here to provide comprehensive information and tailored treatment options to help you understand, manage, and alleviate heel spur-related symptoms.

What Are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are calcium deposits that form over a prolonged period at the bottom of the heel bone, often where the plantar fascia (a thick band of tissue connecting the heel to the front of the foot) attaches. They can vary in size and shape, ranging from small, pointed growths to larger, more prominent protrusions. 

Heel spurs can develop gradually over time due to repetitive stress or strain on the foot, and they are commonly associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia.

Female long bare legs on a gray background. Feet standing on toes. Spurs on the heels.

Symptoms of Heel Spurs

While some individuals with heel spurs may not experience any symptoms, others may encounter:

  • Sharp or stabbing pain in the heel, particularly upon waking or after prolonged periods of standing or walking.
  • Localized tenderness or inflammation at the site of the heel spur.
  • A dull ache or throbbing sensation in the heel that may worsen with activity.
  • Difficulty walking or bearing weight on the affected foot.
  • Radiating pain that extends from the heel to the arch or ball of the foot.
      Women with leg cramps and ankles from high heels. She sat on the stairs holding her leg.

      Causes of Heel Spurs

      The exact cause of heel spurs is not always clear, but they are often associated with:

      • Foot Strain: Repetitive stress or strain on the foot due to activities such as running, jumping, or standing for extended periods.
      • Foot Mechanics: Abnormal foot mechanics or gait abnormalities that place excessive pressure or tension on the heel bone and surrounding tissues.
      • Age: As we age, the natural wear and tear on our joints and tissues can contribute to the development of heel spurs.
      • Footwear: Wearing poorly fitting shoes, high heels, or footwear that lacks adequate support or cushioning can increase the risk of developing heel spurs.

      Treatments for Heel Spurs

      At our center, we offer a range of comprehensive treatment options tailored to address the unique needs and preferences of each individual:

      Conservative Treatments

      • Rest and Activity Modification: Limiting or avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms and incorporating periods of rest to allow the affected tissues to heal.
      • Ice Therapy: Applying ice packs to the affected area to reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.
      • Pain Management: Over-the-counter or prescription medications, anti-inflammatory injections, and topical treatments to manage pain, reduce inflammation, and improve comfort.
      • Physical Therapy: Personalized exercise programs and therapeutic activities to improve flexibility, strength, and mobility.
      • Orthotic Devices and Footwear: Custom orthotic inserts are designed to provide optimal support, cushioning, and alignment to relieve pressure on the heel spur and improve foot mechanics.

      Surgical Intervention

      Comprehensive evaluation and consultation with our surgical team to discuss potential surgical options if conservative treatments fail to provide relief. Minimally invasive or traditional surgical procedures to remove the heel spur, repair damaged tissues, and optimize foot function and comfort.

      Heel spurs can be a source of significant pain and discomfort, but they are manageable with the right treatment approach. Our team of experts is dedicated to providing comprehensive care, education, and support to help you understand and effectively manage heel spurs. 

      Contact Us Today for Help with Heel Spurs

      Whether you are experiencing mild discomfort or severe symptoms, we are here to guide you through your healing journey with personalized treatment options designed to alleviate pain, improve function, and enhance your overall quality of life. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward relief and recovery from heel spurs.



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