Heel spurs

Are you experiencing persistent, stabbing pain in your heel that seems to worsen with each step? Heel spurs might be the culprit behind your discomfort. At Richardson Podiatry Center, we understand the agony heel pain can cause and are here to provide you with the information and treatments you need to find relief.

What Are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are bony protrusions that develop on the underside of the heel bone (calcaneus). They typically form in response to long-term strain and inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that runs along the bottom of the foot. Contrary to popular belief, the heel spur itself is usually not the direct cause of pain; rather, it is a secondary consequence of chronic plantar fasciitis.

Heel Spur Symptoms

The most common symptom associated with heel spurs is intense pain in the heel, especially during activities that involve standing, walking, or running. The discomfort is often described as a sharp, stabbing sensation. Pain may be most severe in the morning or after long periods of rest.

Other symptoms may include:

Swelling: Inflammation in the affected area may lead to localized swelling.

Tenderness: The heel may be sensitive to touch.

Redness: In some cases, the skin over the heel spur may become red and warm to the touch.

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What Causes Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are typically caused by repetitive stress and strain on the plantar fascia, which can result from:

  • Plantar Fasciitis: Chronic inflammation and micro-tears in the plantar fascia are the primary causes of heel spurs. This condition is often associated with overuse and improper footwear.
  • Overuse: Activities that place excessive strain on the feet, such as running, jumping, or standing for long periods, can contribute to heel pain and spur formation.
  • Improper Footwear: Choosing shoes lacking proper arch support and cushioning can increase the risk of heel spurs. Ill-fitting shoes can exacerbate existing conditions.
  • Obesity: Excess body weight increases the load on the plantar fascia, putting more pressure on the heel and increasing the risk of heel spurs.

Heel Spurs Treatment

Addressing Plantar Fasciitis First: 

It’s crucial to understand that heel spurs themselves are not usually the primary source of heel pain. Instead, it’s often the accompanying plantar fasciitis that causes discomfort. Therefore, our initial focus is on treating plantar fasciitis through non-invasive methods, including:

  • Physical Therapy: A tailored physical therapy program can help alleviate strain on the plantar fascia. Stretching and strengthening exercises can promote healing and reduce pain.
  • Orthotic Inserts: Custom orthotic inserts can provide better arch support and cushioning, reducing pressure on the heel and plantar fascia. These inserts can be designed to fit comfortably in your footwear.
  • Footwear Recommendations: Properly fitted shoes with good arch support can make a significant difference. Our experts can provide recommendations on suitable footwear to support your feet.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Medications: Over-the-counter or prescription medications can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain. These medications may be recommended as part of your treatment plan.
  • Surgical Intervention for Heel Spurs: In cases where conservative treatments do not provide adequate relief and the heel spur continues to cause severe pain, surgical removal may be considered. This procedure is known as plantar fascia release, and it aims to alleviate the tension on the plantar fascia and remove the spur. However, it’s essential to explore non-surgical options first, as surgery is typically reserved for extreme cases.

Let Us Help Treat Your Heel Pain and Heel Spurs

At Richardson Podiatry Centers, our team of experienced podiatrists is dedicated to providing you with the best possible care for your heel pain and heel spurs. We understand the physical and emotional toll that persistent foot pain can take on your daily life. Our goal is to alleviate your discomfort and help you regain your mobility and quality of life.

Our comprehensive approach to heel pain includes:

  • Thorough evaluation and diagnosis to determine the cause of your heel pain.
  • Personalized treatment plans tailored to your unique needs and lifestyle.
  • Access to the latest advancements in non-invasive and surgical treatments.
  • Expert guidance on preventive measures and lifestyle modifications to prevent future heel pain.

Contact Us Today

Don’t let heel pain hold you back any longer. If you suspect you may have heel spurs or are experiencing persistent heel pain, please contact us today to schedule an appointment. Our expert team will assess your condition, discuss treatment options, and work with you to develop a personalized plan for recovery. Relief is within reach, and we’re here to help you take that first step towards a pain-free future.

At Richardson Podiatry Center, we are committed to helping you regain your comfort and mobility. Your journey to relief begins with us. Contact us today, and let’s take the first step towards a life without heel pain.