What are heel spurs?
A heel spur is a bone growth that protrudes from beneath your heel. Heel spurs impact approximately 15% of the population and develops over time. Most people are unaware they have a bone spur until they seek treatment for the discomfort in their heels. Heel spurs can be removed surgically, however, Dr. Hassan advises a non-surgical treatment to alleviate the discomfort associated with heel spurs.
What are the symptoms of heel spurs?
Heel spurs can have a wide variety of causes, such as:
- Swollen heel
- Visible bony protrusion
- The affected area feels warm
What causes heel spurs?
Heel spurs are the body's reaction to strain and tension on your foot's tendons and ligaments. For example, if you get plantar fasciitis, your body's natural response to the stress is to grow a heel spur. Heel spurs can also develop if you have a gait issue (a condition or sickness that impairs your coordination or balance, making it impossible to walk normally) or if you regularly rip the lines that cover your heel bone.
How are heel spurs diagnosed?
Dr. Hassan will examine your foot and then inquire about any physical activity that may have caused heel pain. He will also ask about your medical history and whether you have any conditions that could be causing heel pain. An X-ray may be taken to rule out other causes of heel pain, such as a stress fracture or bone tumor.
How are heel spurs treated?
Reducing the strain and tension on your foot's tendons and ligaments is the first step in treating heel spurs. This can be done by:
- Resting your feet
- Wearing shoes that have good arch support and cushioning
- Stretching your calf muscles
- Applying ice to the affected area
If these non-surgical methods do not provide relief, Dr. Hassan may recommend a surgical procedure to remove the spur.
After the spur is removed, Dr. Hassan will recommend a rehabilitation program that may include:
- Stretching exercises
- Ice therapy
- Weight management
- Orthotic devices
How can I prevent heel spurs?
Preventing heel spurs requires paying special attention to your foot's overall health. You must be aware of the strains you place on your feet every day. Make sure to give your feet a break at the end of each day, and don't ignore any heel pain.
What are the possible complications of heel spurs?
Complications from heel surgery include recurrent heel pain, scarring, infection, nerve pain, and permanent numbness in the affected area.
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