What's Causing My Heel Spurs?

t’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.

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