A heel spur is an outgrowth of bone in the heel and causes swelling as well as other complications. It can be a painful and irritating condition that can develop rather quickly. To deal with this condition, our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, at the Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, can provide you with the necessary treatment to alleviate your pain. 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 this condition. Additionally, don’t forget to view our Patient Education section to learn about preventative care for your general foot and ankle health.
Heel spurs are generally located on the back or bottom of the heel and the sole of the foot and can be a contributing cause of Achilles tendinitis and cause severe pain. X-rays are especially helpful in detecting this condition due to the extended bone that’s pointed outward. Heel spurs that develop on the sole can contribute to plantar fasciitis whereas those that form on the back of the heel can cause Achilles tendinitis. This condition can occur on its own or through a heredity disease.
As for treatment, getting plenty of rest is primary as it can prevent aggravating the heel and stop pain from continuing. Generally, cold wraps are used to reduce pain and swelling. Anti-Inflammatories combined with proper foot wear can help reduce inflammation and prevent stress on the heel. Exercises are also helpful in maintaining mobility of the foot and ankle. The plantar fascia can be stretched until the foot and leg muscles are strengthened, helping to reduce pressure on the heel when walking. Splints are another helpful treatment tool that stops tissues around the heel from stiffening. The combination of the splint and stretching is highly efficient in reducing heel pain in the long term.
Heel spurs may start out as a minor occurrence but can quickly turn into a more serious situation that can hinder your movement. Please contact our offices today for a chance to reduce your pain caused by heel spurs and to make sure they don’t ever return again.