Heel Spurs Can become Stubborn


Heel Spurs are a common and painful condition because they effect the heel bone. Our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can treat this condition with precision and care. Please call us at 561-694-7776 EXT. 41 or visit us at our West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida locations to learn more about heel spurs. Our Patient Education library can also provide you with helpful information about this and many other foot and ankle conditions.  

Heel Spurs are sharp bony outgrowths of the heel bone and are credited to the continuing swelling of tendons. They can be found at the back of the heel or under the sole of the foot. The ones that occur on the back of the heel develop because of inflammation of the Achilles tendon, causing pain that gets worse when placing pressure on the ball of the foot. Those occurring on the sole of the foot are associated with swelling of the plantar fascia. The plantar heel spurs cause severe pain that’s made worse when bearing weight on the heel as you step down.

This condition can occur on its own or be caused by other complications such arthritis. Treatment for this condition includes eliminating an underlying condition to prevent the formation of heel spurs or the use of ice to alleviate pain and swelling. Anti-inflammatories are also helpful for the same purpose. Orthotics are useful for redistributing pressure away from the sources of pain on the heel. Heel lifts can help to reduce pressure on the Achilles tendon, helping to ease pain on the back of the heel. It’s also important to wear properly fitting shoes with cushioned soles that can be useful in lessening swelling of the tendons caused by this condition.

When these methods are not helpful, surgery may be necessary to treat chronically occurring spurs. Most importantly however, it can be very helpful to get treatment as soon as possible to prevent surgery. Therefore, please contact us so that we can treat your heel spurs and alleviate the pain in your heels.