Heel Spurs occur at the bottom of the foot, at the heel, whereby the ligament that attaches the foot to the heel becomes inflamed. This can happen from frequent stress to that ligament. A bony growth occurs to counteract the tension with the ligament at the site of the heel bone, causing variable levels of pain. These bony areas are known as “heel spurs” and arise due to calcium deposits that protrude outwards at the location of the junction between the ligament and foot bone. The most common symptom associated with this condition is a stark pain felt when taking first steps when waking up in the morning.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Rest is paramount in slowing down heel pain.
- Cold wrapping the heel to reduce inflammation.
- Use of anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling in and around the heel bone.
- Use of shoe inserts and orthotics to move friction away from the injured ligaments of the foot.
- Physical therapy to strengthen muscles of the foot and ankle by stretching the plantar fascia. This will aid in reducing stress on the heel when in motion.
- Heel splints can help with impeding the muscles in the heel from becoming rigid.
- Steroid injections may also be utilized to assist with reducing joint pain by lowering the amount of swelling around the joint.
Heel spurs can cause a nagging pain that can become a source of frustration during normal routines. The combination of using support devices and stretching can be highly effective in combating this condition. Please contact us to learn how we can treat this condition. Here at Benenati Foot & Ankle Care Centers, located in Saint Clair Shores (586) 779-6140, Warren (586) 756-3338 and Macomb (586) 416-3668., MI, our team of foot doctors, Anthony Benenati, DPM, Neil Shaw, DPM, Julie Mrozek, DPM and Adam Thompson, DPM, can provide your heels with reduced pain by tackling your spurs head on. Take the time to make an appointment today by calling our office at any of the numbers provided above and review our Patient Education section for more helpful information.