Custom orthotics are made specifically in order to address a patient’s particular needs. Only a podiatrist can let a patient know whether or not custom shoe orthotics are going to help them. These common shoe inserts are devices that can correct any abnormal foot movements you make. Custom orthotics can fully support the way a…
FAQ About Heel Spurs
Anyone who is suffering from heel spurs should call our office and schedule an appointment to speak with a foot doctor as soon as possible. This condition can be terribly painful but it also can be treated. Find out how by visiting our clinic.
What is a heel spur?
This is a calcium deposit in the heel. It generally occurs in the bottom of the heel and by doing so, makes it painful to walk, run or place pressure on the foot. The calcium deposit can be smooth or sharp but always leads to intense discomfort and additional pressure on the natural heel.
Diagnosing the problem
Some people have bad heel pain but are unsure why. Since you cannot see a heel spur from the outside of the foot, it may be impossible to tell that one is there without an X-ray. Once we take an X-ray, it will be easy for the foot doctor to diagnose the heel spur. Sometimes, these bony protrusions can be as long as half an inch. In other words, they are obvious on an X-ray even though they cannot be self-diagnosed.
Heel spurs may be accompanied by plantar fascia
Many people who suffer from heel spurs also have plantar fascitis. This is where the plantar fascia becomes inflamed. The plantar fascia is the connective tissue that runs along the base of the foot. It does the job of connecting the heel and ball of the foot to make it possible to walk and move. When it becomes inflamed, it can cause intense pain and discomfort along with a lack of mobility.
Ways to treat heel spurs
There are several ways to treat this uncomfortable condition. At home, patients can start by icing the area if there is a chance that plantar fasciitis is accompanying the heel spur. Also, certain exercises and stretches can be helpful. When visiting our clinic, we can let patients know which exercises to try and how to prevent an injury when doing them.
We may also provide patients with a pair of orthotics that can be inserted into the shoes, or special shoes altogether. When these are worn in combination with taking ibuprofen, it can help to reduce the symptoms greatly. Cortisone shots can also be highly effective and are sometimes only necessary once every year or two.
Finally, if none of this works, surgery will be necessary to remove the calcium deposit.
Speak with a doctor about your heel pain
As a foot doctor, we can perform the surgery and help patients to be comfortable during the process. Afterwards, we can also help with the recovery to ensure that patients regain full mobility of their feet without the complications caused by not undergoing rehabilitation.
To learn more or to find out if a heel spur is causing your foot pain, call and schedule an appointment today. While here, we will conduct an examination, take x-rays and discuss various treatment options with you.