Heel spurs are pointed and bony extensions of the heel bone. They occur because of swelling at the heel and can be found at the back or bottom of the heel, or under the sole of the foot. The ones that occur at the back of the heel normally happen because of swelling of the Achilles tendon, which causes pain at the back of the heel. Heel spurs that occur under the sole of the foot happen because of inflammation of the plantar fascia. Plantar heel spurs tend to be painful but can get worse when putting pressure on the heel. This condition can be related to other diseases such as arthritis. However, it is significant that heel spurs could cause no symptoms. If no symptoms are exhibited, then it may take a random event like an X-ray exam to determine if they are forming. If you have any inclination that you may be developing a heel spur, please contact us to make an appointment as soon as possible.
Heel spurs can be treated by decreasing the swelling around the injured heel with ice applications. The reduction in swelling will in turn cause a reduction in pain. Anti-inflammatories are also very helpful in reducing swelling. Orthotics can also be used to reduce pressure off plantar spurs. Heel lifts are another method of relieving stress on the Achilles tendon to combat spurs located at the back of the heel. Shoes should be soft and cushioned at the heel to prevent irritation of swollen muscles due to heel spurs. Surgery may be required if the spurs are routinely inflamed, although it should not be necessary if pressure reduction techniques are utilized.
Dr. Daniel Drapacz, DPM, podiatrist at the New York Foot Experts, can help to develop a plan for your heel spurs that can mitigate any potential complications. Call us at 212-385-0801 or come in for a consultation if you may be suffering from heel spurs at one of our three locations: 65 Broadway Suite 1103, New York, NY 10006, 360 West 125th St Suite 7, New York, NY 10027 or 469 7th Ave Suite 601, New York, NY 10018.