Heel spurs, tiny calcium growths on the heel, are often connected to plantar fasciitis. While heel pain can be severe or even overwhelming, the podiatric physicians at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York offer both diagnosis and treatment for heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, and other pain-causing foot issues. From medication to orthotics to surgery, there's a solution that will end the pain. Use the contact form now to take the first step to being pain free.
A heel spur is an extra bony growth on the bottom of your heel, or less commonly on the back of your heel. Your podiatrist can identify heel spurs using X-ray imaging. Heel spurs often develop in plantar fasciitis sufferers.
Heel spurs usually happen due to stress on the foot. When you regularly put an unusual amount of pressure on the foot, you may develop calcium deposits at the bottom of your heel. These deposits form a tiny hook, which is the heel spur.
Many sufferers are athletes, especially those who put pressure on the heels by doing a lot of running and jumping. However, anyone can get heel spurs. Some other potential causes include:
Heel spurs don't typically cause pain on their own. However, they're quite often connected to plantar fasciitis — and that can cause severe heel pain. The pain is often worse first thing in the morning, but it typically recedes after a few minutes of movement. If you suffer from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, you might also experience severe heel pain whenever you stand up from a sitting position.
The podiatrists at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine treat heel spurs and plantar fasciitis based on how severe your condition is and on what caused the problem. Most have success with the conservative approach, including:
If your symptoms are more severe, your podiatrist may recommend additional treatments including:
If you have severe plantar fasciitis and heel spurs, your podiatrist can do a surgical procedure that releases the plantar fascia or removes the bone spurs.
Correcting the controllable factors is important. You may need to modify sports routines, eating habits, and footwear according to your podiatrist's recommendations. This is often enough to help you avoid bone spurs in the future.
Worried about bone spurs or plantar fasciitis? Make an appointment now to get diagnosed and treated as soon as possible by the highly trained experts at the Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine.