Heel Spurs of the Moment

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Heel spurs are not just a pain to your feet, but also cause an unexpected pain in your stride. This happens because they are sharp extensions of bone at the heel formed from inflammation in that area, most likely the Achilles tendon.  As the ligament becomes more and more swollen, the bone of your heel will form calcium deposits in response, leading to painful spurs located on the heel or sole of the foot. The pain heel spurs cause can be severe and cause a significant disruption into your mobility.

Factors that increase the likelihood of spurs:

  • Obesity

  • Poorly-fitting shoes

  • Heel imbalances

  • Foot deformities

Treatment for this condition includes:

  • Cold therapy is very helpful for alleviating swelling. It can also assist with healing.

  • Resting your heel will help to counteract the pain.

  • Exercising will assist your surrounding muscles to discharge tension in the heel.  

  • Orthotics are very helpful in reducing friction put on your heels. They can help to alleviate pressure by stopping pain caused by heel spurs.

  • Reducing your body weight can work wonders for alleviating pressure from your heel. The amount of weight that your heels have to bear can have a direct correlation with the formation of spurs. By reducing the stress placed on your feet, the heel can potentially begin to heel when also following the methods discussed above.

Here at Palm Beach Orthopaedic Institute, our podiatrist, John Schilero, DPM, can help stop your heel pain caused by spurs by using treatment methods that your feet will respond to. Please contact us for an appointment now! We have four offices conveniently located in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Wellington and Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. Don’t forget to look over our Patient Education section to learn more about heel spurs and what you can do to prevent them from becoming a bigger problem than they have to be!