Healing your Heel Spurs
- Posted on: Jun 15 2018
Are you an avid runner or jogger? Do you have diabetes or flat feet? These and other factors put you at risk of developing heel spurs. A heel spur develops on the underside of the foot over many months. If the foot muscles and ligaments are strained or the membrane that shields the heel bone is consistently torn, calcium deposits can develop. This buildup creates a bony protrusion beneath the heel. Heel spurs can be painless or create excessive discomfort. Heel spurs are especially common among those whose activities include high amounts of jumping and running. We will address the risk factors of heel spurs and how to seek healing.
Are you at risk?
Risk factors associated with developing heal spurs cover a wide range. These include:
- Running or jogging, particularly on hard surfaces
- Badly fitting or worn out shoes, shoes that lack sufficient arch support
- eing overweight or obese
- Flat feet or high arches
- Having an occupation that keeps you standing on your feet for most of the day
- Abnormalities in walking posture
Non surgical treatment
Heel spurs sometimes do not cause symptoms, but they are connected to chronic pain while jogging or running. Non surgical treatments include stretching exercises, a better fitting shoe, taping to rest stressed muscles, shoe orthotic devices, splints, or physical therapy. If you are experiencing heel pain, seek over the counter medications such as Tylenol, Advil, or Aleve. Often, a proper orthotic device can alleviate the cause of heel pain. In other situations, a corticosteroid might relieve inflammation.
Fortunately, 90% of people impacted by heel spurs can improve without surgical treatment. If you are pursuing non surgical methods but see no improvement after one year, surgery may be the next step for you in order to alleviate your pain. Surgical methods include: spur removal or release of the plantar fascia.
Arrange a consultation
If you are suffering from heel pain or inflammation and think you may have heel spurs, contact the Foot & Ankle Specialty Group today. You can reach our office located in Beverly Hills, California by calling 310.651.2366. Feel free to compete our online form as well. We look forward to helping you live pain free.
Posted in: Heel Pain