Heel Spurs

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Heel spurs happen, but they don’t have to sideline you for long. Our dedicated team of experienced podiatrists is here to provide you with comprehensive care and effective solutions for heel spurs. We understand the discomfort and limitations that heel spurs can cause, and we’re committed to helping you regain your mobility and quality of life.

What are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are bony growths that can develop on the underside of the heel bone, often causing pain and discomfort. These growths can vary in size and shape and are usually associated with inflammation of the nearby tissues, such as the plantar fascia – the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes.

Heel spurs can be a source of significant pain and can affect your daily activities. Understanding the symptoms, causes, and available treatments for heel spurs is essential in managing this condition effectively.

Symptoms of Heel Spurs

The most common symptom of heel spurs is intense pain in the heel, especially when standing or walking for prolonged periods. This pain can be sharp and stabbing, making daily activities a challenge. It’s important to note that not everyone with heel spurs experiences pain; some individuals may have these growths without any noticeable discomfort.

In addition to heel pain, other symptoms may include tenderness, inflammation, and a feeling of tightness in the arch of the foot. Pain associated with heel spurs is often at its worst in the morning when taking the first steps after getting out of bed. Over time, as you move and walk, the pain may subside somewhat, only to return after extended periods of activity.

What Causes Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs often develop as a by-product of a condition called plantar fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis occurs when the plantar fascia becomes inflamed or damaged due to excessive strain or pressure. Over time, this inflammation can lead to the formation of a heel spur. Other contributing factors may include poor footwear choices, repetitive activities that put stress on the feet, and obesity.

Plantar Fasciitis is typically the underlying cause of heel spurs. The plantar fascia, which acts as a shock absorber for the foot, can become overstressed due to factors such as excessive running, walking, or standing. When the plantar fascia is subjected to repeated strain, small tears can develop, leading to inflammation and eventually the development of a bony protrusion – the heel spur.

By-product of Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis is a common condition that often precedes the development of heel spurs. It is characterized by pain and discomfort in the heel or arch of the foot, particularly during the first steps taken after periods of rest. The pain associated with plantar fasciitis is caused by the inflammation of the plantar fascia and its attachment point on the heel bone.

If left untreated, plantar fasciitis can lead to chronic pain and the formation of heel spurs. The persistent pulling of the inflamed fascia on the heel bone triggers the bone to respond by developing a bony growth. This is the body’s attempt to provide additional support and stability to the area.

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Heel Spurs Treatment

Our approach to heel spurs focuses on providing effective relief and improving your overall foot health. In most cases, treatment begins with addressing the underlying cause, which is often plantar fasciitis.

Treat Plantar Fasciitis First:

We will work closely with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to alleviate the symptoms of plantar fasciitis. This may include rest, ice, physical therapy, stretching exercises, orthotic inserts, and anti-inflammatory medications.

If You Still Have Pain, The Only Way to be Rid of Heel Spurs is Surgery:

In some cases, conservative treatments may not provide the desired results. If the pain persists and significantly impacts your quality of life, surgical intervention might be considered. Our skilled podiatrists will thoroughly assess your condition and discuss surgical options if necessary.

Surgery is typically considered a last resort and is only recommended when other treatment options have been exhausted and the pain persists. During the surgical procedure, the heel spur is removed, along with any associated inflamed tissue. This can provide relief and promote the healing process.

Get Help for Heel Spurs

You don’t have to live with the discomfort of heel spurs. Our team of experienced podiatrists at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA is dedicated to helping you find relief and regain your mobility.

Our specialists understand the complexities of heel spurs and will tailor a treatment plan that suits your specific needs. We believe in a patient-centered approach, where your concerns and preferences are carefully considered as we work together to find the most suitable solutions.

Contact Us Today

If you’re experiencing heel pain or suspect you might have heel spurs, don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Our specialists are here to provide expert guidance and tailored treatment options to suit your needs. Schedule an appointment today to take the first step towards healthier, pain-free feet.

Don’t let heel spurs hold you back. Trust the experts at Foot & Ankle Specialists of Central PA to provide you with the care you deserve. Whether through conservative treatments or surgical intervention, we’re here to help you achieve optimal foot health and get back to the activities you love.

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