What Causes Heel Spur Syndrome?

There are many causes of heel pain. The most common being plantar fasciitis, which can lead to heel spur syndrome.

Heel spurs are calcium deposits that build up over time on the heel bone. About 50% of people with heel spurs don't experience pain. For those that do, the pain can be sharp and interfere with sports and other daily activities.

The expert foot and ankle surgeons at Lake Ridge & Stafford Foot and Ankle Centers, located in Lake Ridge & Stafford, Virginia, have extensive experience diagnosing and treating heel pain. Here's what they want you to know about heel spur syndrome. 

What is heel spur syndrome?

A heel spur is a bony protrusion on the underside of your heel bone. In the early stages of the spur development, the deposit is small and doesn't pose much of an issue. As it gets larger, it can protrude and extend forward by as much as a half-inch. When the heel spur causes pain, it's often referred to as heel spur syndrome.

Repetitive stress from activities such as running, jumping, or walking on hard surfaces can increase your risk of developing heel spurs. Additionally, the following conditions may also lead to the condition:

People with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia, often develop heel spurs. The plantar fascia is the fibrous band that runs along the foot's bottom, connecting the heel to the ball of the feet. 

Treatment options for heel spur syndrome

The first line of treatment for heel spur syndromes includes a variety of noninvasive or minimally-invasive options. Fortunately, most cases of heel spurs are resolved with one or more of the following remedies:

For those who don't find relief from their heel pain with treatments listed above, extracorporeal shock wave treatment (ESWT) may promote healing. If pain persists, surgery may be necessary to help relieve pain and restore mobility and flexibility. Surgical options include removing bone spurs or cutting the plantar fascia to ease pressure and reduce stress in the area. 

Do you have heel pain? Call Lake Ridge & Stafford Foot and Ankle Centers for an appointment with one of our highly-trained, board-certified foot and ankle surgeons for an accurate diagnosis and effective treatment plan. You can also book your appointment online.

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