A heel spur shows up as a bump on your heel and can cause considerable pain and discomfort. Routine activities like standing and walking can become very uncomfortable. A heel spur often forms in response to the increased pressure and stress caused to the heel by stressful physical activities, footwear choices, and lifestyle habits.
What causes heel spurs to form?
Some of the stressors that can cause heel spurs include the following:
- Tight or loose-fitting footwear—It’s important to wear shoes that are supportive and comfortable. Shoes or other footwear that cause excessive pressure and rubbing or that are loose fitting should be replaced.
- Stressful activities—High impacts from jumping and running can contribute to the formation of heel spurs.
- Obesity—Excess weight on the feet increases the pressure on the heel which contributes to the formation of heel spurs.
- Complications from diabetes—Individuals battling diabetes need to be very careful with their feet since heel spurs and other problems can lead to infection and amputation.
A minor heel spur may go undetected for years, but a more severe case requires intervention. Heel spurs can be treated with custom orthotic inserts that can correct the poor foot mechanics that may have created the pressure that caused the spur to form. Be certain that your shoes are not causing the problem, and get your feet properly measured prior to buying new shoes since your feet can expand with age. Several physical therapies including ultrasound, massage, stretching, and extracorporeal shockwave therapy can alleviate the symptoms of heel spurs.
If conservative treatments are proving to be ineffective, a surgical procedure may be necessary to remove the spur. If you are experiencing complications with a heel spur, enlisting the services of a skilled podiatrist will help you find the best solution. Schedule an appointment with the Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, IN. Our foot doctor Dr. Zahid Ladha provides excellence and comfort in caring for your feet! Contact us at (812) 945-9221 and schedule an appointment today!