Heel Spurs don’t come on lightly if not treated timely. They can cause immense pain since the heel of the foot is very important to day to day activities. Our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can assist you with treating this condition at the Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers at one of three locations: Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668. It’s also a good idea to check out our Patient Education library to dive further into how to care for your feet.
Heel Spurs usually form on the back or bottom of the heel and the sole of the foot and can be a contributing cause of Achilles tendinitis and other severe pain. Heel spurs that develop on the sole can contribute to plantar fasciitis whereas those that form on the back of the heel can cause Achilles tendinitis. This condition can occur on its own or through a heredity disease. This condition can be related to other diseases such as arthritis. However, it is significant that heel spurs could cause no symptoms. If no symptoms are exhibited, then it may take a random event like an X-ray exam to determine if they are forming.
Treatment includes rest as the initial method to thwart aggravating the heel and stop pain from continuing. Generally, cold wraps are used to reduce pain and swelling. Anti-Inflammatories combined with proper foot wear can help reduce inflammation and prevent stress on the heel. Exercises are also helpful in maintaining mobility of the foot and ankle. Orthotics can also be used to reduce pressure off plantar spurs. Heel lifts are another method of relieving stress on the Achilles tendon to combat spurs located at the back of the heel. Shoes should be soft and cushioned at the heel to prevent irritation of swollen muscles due to heel spurs
Since this condition can cause significant pain, please contact us today to help treat your heel spurs so that your heel can get on the road to recovery sooner than later.