28 Nov Heel Spurs Treatment
If you have been experiencing any heel pain or tenderness but there is no obvious cause, it could be due to heel spur formation. Heel spurs may not always cause great discomfort but they are commonly associated with inflammation and pain and a condition known as plantar fasciitis.
A heel spur is often caused due to –
- excess strain on the foot muscles and ligaments
- excessive stretching of the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes)
- repeated tearing the heel bone membrane which can cause calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone
Risk factors for developing heel spurs include –
- abnormalities in walking gait
- running or jogging on hard surfaces
- wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes
- wearing shoes that lack arch support
- being overweight or obese
Heel spurs often lead to plantar fasciitis and the symptoms include chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during walking, running, or jogging.
Treatment for Heel Spurs
Treatment options for heel spurs focus on reducing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include –
- applying ice to reduce inflammation
- stretching exercises
- custom foot orthotic devices to relieve pressure off of the spur
- anti-inflammatory medications to relieve pain
- in extreme cases, surgery may be required for chronically inflamed spurs
To learn more, consult the best foot and ankle specialists and surgeons in Phoenix, Arizona, call Oasis Foot and Ankle Clinic at 602-993-2700 Now. Oasis Foot and Ankle Centers offer cutting edge surgical and nonsurgical treatments for foot and ankle conditions and injuries.