Heel spurs are not something you want on your feet for a variety of reasons.
- They often develop from calcification of the heel bone and cause a painful bump at the back of the heel. The spurs that happen at the back of the heel generally occur from swelling of other tendons.
- They can form when the heel becomes swollen and are often associated with swelling from plantar fasciitis. Plantar heel spurs tend to be throbbing but can get worse when putting pressure on the heel.
- They can be associated with arthritis. Heel spurs can form at the back below the Achilles tendon or on the bottom of the heel. They can be detected via X-rays since areas of the bone of the heel will stick out in an unnatural manner. Heel spurs that develop on the sole can form from plantar fasciitis whereas those that form on the back of the heel can form from Achilles tendinitis.
Treatment for this condition includes:
- Physical therapy for stretching of the plantar fascia.
- Using custom-fitted orthotics to give the arch plenty of support.
- Losing weight to help reduce pressure off of your heel.
- Using padding in shoes to absorb shock.
- Keeping your foot elevated when the heel is inflamed to counteract it.
- Surgery if the pain proceeds to get worse. During surgery, the podiatrist will remove the heel spur or release the plantar fascia muscle, which will help remove pain and increase mobility.
At Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM located in Chicago, Illinois, our expert foot doctor Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM can provide relief to your heel by giving you the best chance of overcoming heel spurs for the long run. Please make an appointment by calling our office at (773) 561-8100 and check out our Patient Education Library to read deeper into what you can do to extend the longevity of your foot and ankle health!