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By Foot First Podiatry Center
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   heel spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.

By Foot First Podiatry
May 04, 2017
Category: Foot Conditions

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!

According to a study conducted by scientists at Guangzhou Dongsheng Hospital and Guangzhou Social Welfare House, acupuncture is an effective treatment for heel pain. Sixty-six patients with some developed form of heel pain were used as a part of the experiment directed by researcher Xu Xuemeng and his team. The control group was compromised of participants that were given experiment drugs and the rest of the patients were given a filiform acupuncture needle treatment.

Within six months, the participants that had received acupuncture had an effectiveness rating of 97% while the effectiveness rating of the control group was just 76%. Acupuncture has been especially effective for those suffering from Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis.

Heel pain can become troublesome and debilitating after time. If you are suffering from heel pain, see podiatrist Dr. Zahid Ladha of Foot First Podiatry. Dr. Ladha will attend to all of your foot and ankle needs and provide you with quality treatment.   

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                 
- Wearing non-supportive shoes
- Weight change          
- Excessive running

Treatments

Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office, located in New Albany, IN. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all of your foot ankle injuries.

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