There are some people who have heel pain, and it may be caused by a heel spur. It is defined as a bony growth that forms on the bottom of the heel bone, and it can feel like a thorn in the foot. It generally forms at the point where the Achilles tendon connects to the back of the heel bone. A heel spur can happen from putting excessive strain on the foot. It can measure up to a half inch in length, and can become inflamed. Having an X-ray taken can be successful in determining if a heel spur exists. This is often performed after confirming symptoms, which may include increased pain while walking and avoiding any weight on the heel. Many patients walk on their tiptoes and find their pain is reduced while sitting down. Additionally, it may hurt when it is pressed on, and these symptoms may indicate medical attention is needed for relief. If you have heel pain, it is suggested that you speak with a podiatrist who can confirm a heel spur diagnosis and offer correct treatment solutions.
Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Parkwood Podiatry. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.
Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.
Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.
The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.
There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.