Heel Spurs and Treatment

iStock_000024843536MediumMany people have bone spurs without ever knowing it, because most bone spurs cause no symptoms.  But if the bone spurs are pressing on other bones or tissues or are causing a muscle or tendon to rub, they can break that tissue down over time, causing swelling, pain, and tearing.  Bone spurs in the foot can also cause corns and calluses when tissue builds up to provide added padding over the bone spur.  These are more commonly known as heel spurs.

Heel spurs are bony growths from the bottom of the ‘heel bone’ in the foot.  X-rays are necessary to diagnose heel spurs because all heel pain may not be associated with heel spurs.  Heel spurs become painful when inflammation develops where the spur is forming.  Heel spurs may even develop without pain.  Treatment may include a change of shoe gear, orthotics, anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone shots or a through a non-invasive treatment using ultrasonic sound waves to promote healing.  The majority of heel pain is successfully treated conservatively however, if all treatments fail, surgery may be necessary.

Contact us if you think you may have heel spurs.  Early detection and diagnosis mean less pain and better treatment!

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