Heel spurs are a common cause of heel pain, stemming from a calcium deposit that over the span of several months, can end up causing a bony protrusion underneath the heel bone. This may occur if you have an abnormal walking gait, if you run or jog on hard surfaces, if you wear ill-fitting shoes with little arch support, or if you’re overweight.
Heel spurs are often painless, but they can cause sharp, shooting heel pain similar to that experienced by those with plantar fasciitis.
If you’re experiencing heel pain and are uncertain as to the cause, call Dr. Del Monte for an appointment. He will conduct a physical examination, and will check for any areas of tenderness in your foot. After this examination, he may order an X-ray to pinpoint the source of your pain.
If you have heel pain that persists for more than a month, Dr. Del Monte can recommend a number of remedies for you to engage in at home, including stretching exercises, special footwear, taping or strapping of the foot, shoe inserts, and physical therapy. Over-the-counter pain medication can also help, in addition to cortisone injections.
If symptoms continue to persist for as long as a year, you may require surgical treatment. Dr. Del Monte can conduct a procedure either to release the plantar fascia or to remove the spur entirely. After surgery, it’s recommended that you rest, ice, elevate, and compress your foot. In some cases, bandages, splints, casts, surgical shoes, crutches, or canes may be necessary during the post-surgery recovery period.
You can prevent heel spurs by wearing shoes that are not overly constrictive, and have shock-absorbent soles and strong arch support. Athletes should always warm up and do stretching exercises before engaging in physical activity, and pace yourself during these activities. If overweight, weight loss may help prevent future heel spurs.
Any foot pain can have serious effects. If you believe you have heel spurs, call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Del Monte at Del Monte Podiatry
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