The spurs that we are most familiar with is on the heel of a riding boot often worn by cowboys and designed to dig into a horse to get him to move faster. The irony here is that this heel spur is quite painful too, but doesn’t make us move any faster, in fact it slows us down.
This condition is also known as Plantar Fasciitis in the medical world and can be treated conservatively in our office to manage the pain. The most common method would be to fit you for a custom orthotic shoe to mold your foot.
What is a heel spur?
It is a calcium deposit caused by a bony protrusion under the heel bone. Although they are often painless they can still cause pain when inflamed.
What are symptoms of heel spurs?
Often there is little to no pain but when described by our patients it is usually a pin sticking pain that eventually turns to a dull ache. The sharp pain may return as you stand up after sitting for a long time and can be worse at first and eventually fade in to a tolerable ache.
What causes heel spurs?
Getting older can be the most obvious reason as our heel’s protective padding starts to thin over the years. But more prevalent causes can be spending most of your time on your feet, diabetes, frequent short bursts of physical exercise and flat feet or high arches.
How are heel spurs treated?
In extreme cases, a doctor may suggest surgery but most cases can be fixed with a combination of icing, resting and stretching. Using an orthotic shoe insert on a regular basis can also be effective. Full recovery from heel pain takes time to resolve with the right treatment. Recovery depends on your efforts as well as your doctor’s treatment. Stretching daily, using a night splint and wearing appropriate shoes can add to a speedy recovery.
If you think you may be suffering from heel spurs or any type of heel pain call Foot First Podiatry in New Albany, Indiana at 812-945-9221. Make an appointment with Zahid Ladha, D.P.M. and get the answers you need to fix your spurs!