Heel Spurs

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc. -  - Podiatry

Foot & Ankle Concepts, Inc.

Podiatry & Foot & Ankle Surgery located in Oxnard, Ventura, Santa Barbara, Camarillo, Palmdale, & Westlake Village, CA

Heel spurs are a common cause of heel pain but respond well to conservative treatment from the podiatry team at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. With dedicated treatment strategies and locations in Oxnard, Palmdale, Westlake Village, Santa Barbara, Ventura, and Camarillo, California, the podiatrists can help you effectively. Schedule a visit online or by phone today to learn about heel spur treatment and get relief.

Achilles Tendon Q & A

What is a heel spur?

A heel spur is a bony growth on the underside of the heel. Heel spurs typically form as a projection from your heel bone into the sole of your foot and can become as large as half an inch long. This can cause pain in the heel and discomfort throughout the sole of the foot — similar to plantar fasciitis.

Since heel spurs are thin projections of bone, they can fracture when impacted by direct trauma. If you suspect a heel spur, it is best to visit Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. for an exam and X-rays.

What causes a heel spur?

Heel spurs are caused by strain on the muscles and ligaments of the foot, stretching of the plantar fascia, and repeated tearing away of the lining of tissue that covers the heel bone. Biomechanical issues, running or jogging, improperly fitted or excessively worn shoes, and obesity can aggravate these issues.

To decrease your risk of developing a heel spur, visit your podiatrist for a foot exam. Your podiatrist can help you improve your biomechanics — especially if you walk or run a lot  — help you choose supportive shoes and orthotics, and recommend rehabilitation exercises if you have tight calves or plantar fasciitis.

How is a heel spur diagnosed?

A heel spur is diagnosed based on a foot exam and X-ray. Your podiatrist gently presses into the heel of your foot, assessing for signs of a heel spur or associated pain. You’ll also likely have a limited range of motion when the sole of your foot is stretched.

Your doctor takes X-rays in the office and analyzes them to check for the presence of a heel spur below your heel bone. In some cases, a heel spur can easily be seen on X-ray if it is large. However, you may also have heel spur syndrome in which no heel spur is present but you still experience symptoms.

Based on your exam and X-ray findings, your doctor recommends treatment to relieve your pain.

What is the treatment for a heel spur?

At Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc., the team has a dedicated protocol, which they can customize to treat heel pain based on your needs. Treatment includes a combination of orthotics, injections, and stretching exercises aimed at relieving pressure on the heel spur and reducing the inflammation that causes heel pain.

Only about 5% of cases require surgery to remove the heel spur, especially if it is very large or irritating nerves or other structures in the area.

Relieve your heel pain with treatment from the expert team at Foot & Ankle Concepts Inc. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to get started.