Heel Spurs are painful and cause many problems for many people. The fact that they are outgrowths on the heel bone and are at the back of the heel or under the sole of the foot means that you cannot escape the difficulties they cause without obtaining quality and timely treatment. Heel spurs cause pain that gets worse when placing pressure on the ball of the foot. When it happens on the sole of the foot, it is usually because of inflammation of the plantar fascia. Heel spurs can cause severe pain that’s made worse when bearing weight on the heel as you walk.
Factors that make heel spurs more likely include being obese, wearing inadequately fitting shoes or arthritis. The ligament that connects the bottom of the foot to the heel becomes inflamed from frequent pulling that bothers the heel bone. As this happens, bone spurs are created as a defensive resource. The heel spurs created are protruding calcium deposits.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Try using anti-inflammatories to comfort the heel and to decrease swelling.
- Physical therapy is helpful in alleviating stress and strengthening the heel.
- Wearing shoes that fit properly and that have shoe inserts or custom orthotics that can be of great use redistributing pressure away from the heel where the bone spurs are present.
- Use ice to reduce inflammation.
- Use compression to relieve pain.
Contact us 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 will examine the exact cause of your heel spurs and develop a treatment plan that’s tailored to match the requirements of your particular feet so that your heels can feel better as soon as possible. So call our offices at any of the numbers provided above for an appointment and check out our Patient Education library also.