What Are Heel Spurs? How do you treat Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are deposits of calcium that build upon the underside of the heel bone. They are usually caused by excessive strain on the foot muscles and ligaments and are especially common among athletes. Other risk factors for developing heel spurs include being overweight or obese, wearing ill-fitting shoes, and having an abnormal gait or walking pattern.

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The most common symptom of a heel spur is a sharp or stabbing heel pain that is at its worst when you take your first few steps after a long period of rest, such as when you get out of bed in the morning. The pain may become a dull ache as you go about your day. Sometimes a heel spur can also cause intermittent or chronic pain when you walk, jog, or run. Other signs that you may have a heel spur include swelling at the front of the heel, including inflammation. If the affected area also feels warm to the touch, you may be experiencing the symptoms of a heel spur.

A heel spur may take on the form of a bony-like growth. This is due to a calcium deposit that extends between the heel bone and foot arch. They can grow up to half an inch in length; however, they may not be outwardly visible. Because heel spurs tend to grow, increasing the overall discomfort felt, you must seek professional help as soon as pain is experienced for early detection.

Are You At Risk For Heel Spurs?

There are risk factors that may make you more likely to develop heel spurs. People who have abnormal walking gait, run and jog on hard surfaces, are obese, or wear poorly fitting shoes are more likely to develop heel spurs.

One of the best ways to avoid these is by wearing well-fitting shoes with shock-absorbent soles. Another preventative technique is to choose running shoes if you plan on running, and walking shoes if you plan on walking. Shoes are made for different activities, and it is important to research a shoe before you purchase a pair.

For a proper diagnosis and recommendations for treatment, we suggest you consult with the expert podiatrists at Bayshore Podiatry located in Tampa, FL about any heel pain concerns.

Heel spurs are typically diagnosed through a physical examination and imaging studies like X-rays. Treatment recommendations may include doing certain foot stretches, modifying your footwear, wearing orthotics, or using night splints. Over-the-counter medications can be used to relieve pain and inflammation. Surgical treatment may be considered if more conservative measures have failed to alleviate your symptoms, but surgery is rarely required for heel spurs.

If you are experiencing heel pain or other symptoms of heel spurs, trust your feet with the experts at Bayshore Podiatry located in Tampa, FL.  They will provide you with a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan to get you on the path to pain-free feet!

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