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By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: Heel Pain   Heel Spurs  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.

By Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC
May 07, 2015
Category: Podiatry
Tags: Heel Spurs  

Heel SpursIt’s estimated that 75% of Americans will struggle with a foot-related problem in their lifetime. Heel spurs are a common foot problem that often affects people who spend a lot of time on their feet. The podiatrists at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC in Stafford often diagnose and treat this condition. Learn what could be causing your heel spurs to form and how you can prevent them from developing further.

What Are Heel Spurs?
A heel spur is an unnatural growth on the heel bone. It’s also located either on the back of the heel or underneath it. Many people don’t know that they have heel spurs because they aren’t always painful. However, spurs can become painful over time as you continually push off from the heel when walking or running. Heel spurs are sometimes associated with plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendinitis.

What Is Causing Your Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are caused by an inflammation of the tissue and tendons that are connected to the heel bone. As the tissue becomes more and more inflamed, the growth becomes a more persistent problem. The reason for the inflammation could be arthritis, damage to the Achilles tendon or a number of other conditions. It can also be caused by wearing poorly designed shoes that put a strain on the tendons and ligaments in your feet. Your Stafford podiatrist uses X-rays and a hands-on exam to diagnose heel spurs

What Are the Best Treatments Available?
Thankfully, there are effective solutions available for patients who struggle with heel spurs. The first course of treatment is to relieve undue pressure on the feet. That may include physical therapy, stretching exercises and icing the area to stop the inflammation. Cortisone injections can also relieve inflammation that causes heel spurs. Your podiatrist will also likely recommend orthotic shoes or heel lifts that give your feet a break. In rare cases, a surgical procedure may be necessary.

Call Dr. Stabile
Regardless of what may be causing your heel spurs, you can find solutions by consulting with the doctors at Associated Foot & Ankle Centers of Northern Virginia, PC. Call 540-720-0700 to set up a date and time to visit their Stafford podiatrist office and decide on the best course of treatment for your unique case