A heel spur is a calcium deposit that causes small pieces of bone to protrude from the heel. Pain associated with heel spurs is often confused with another condition called plantar fasciitis, which refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament.
Typically, heel spurs don't cause any symptoms, but there are cases where heel spurs are associated with intermittent or chronic pain; while the heel spur itself isn't necessarily the root of the pain, it's attributable to the inflammation or irritation of the plantar fascia ligament.
Excess pressure on the ligaments in the foot is the most common reason people develop heel spurs. Other causes include:
Heel spurs are common in runners or joggers who frequently exercise on hard surfaces. People with high arches or flat feet may also be prone to developing them.
Plantar fasciitis can develop for the same reasons, so it’s essential to get a proper diagnosis from an experienced podiatrist.
To accurately diagnose heel spurs, Dr. Hetman performs an X-ray to identify the growth. Once you receive a diagnosis, treatment options for heel spurs include:
In some cases, Dr. Hetman may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation and manage your pain. For soft tissue injuries, InterfylTM injections can speed up the healing process, and shock wave therapy is another nonsurgical treatment that stimulates your body’s natural healing process and relieves pain.
If you’re experiencing heel pain, call Foot Specialists of Memorial, PA today, or schedule your appointment online.
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