Do Heel Spurs Go Away? What Causes Them & How to Get Rid of Heel Bone Spur Pain

A bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone is formed from a calcium deposit, which is known as a heel spur. The condition is sometimes known as “heel spur syndrome” without visible X-ray evidence. When looking at it on an X-ray, it can extend forward by as much as a half-inch. They can cause heel pain, but typically, heel spurs are generally painless. Heel spurs are commonly associated with plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the fibrous band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot. Exercise, anti-inflammatory medications, custom-made orthotics, and cortisone injections are generally the treatments for heel spurs. At this time, we at Belmont Anderson and Associates would like to discuss the fundamentals of heel spurs.

Causes of Bone Spurs on Back of Heel

A process that usually occurs over a period of many months, heel spurs occur when calcium deposits buildup on the underside of the heel bone. Repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone, stretching of the plantar fascia, along with strains on foot muscles and ligaments are often what causes the heel spurs to form. Heel spurs are especially among athletes whose spend a lot of time running and jumping.

Risk Factors of Heel spurs

– Running/jogging, particularly on hard surfaces.
– Poorly fitted or worn shoes, particularly with no arch support.
– Excess weight and obesity.
– Abnormal walking gait; such as excessive stress on heel bone, ligaments, and nerves near the heel.

Risk Factors in of Heel Spurs & Plantar Fasciitis

– Diabetes.
– Spending most the day on the feet.
– Increasing age that decreases plantar fascia flexibility.
– Short, but frequent bursts of physical activity.
– Flat feet or high arches.

Heel Spur Pain

There are generally no symptoms of heel spurs, but heel spurs can be associated with either chronic or intermittent pain. The pain can be especially induced while walking, jogging, or running and inflammation develops at the point of the spur formation. The cause of the pain, however, is not the heel spurs itself, but the soft-tissue injury. The pain described by patients of having heel spurs and plantar fasciitis is a knife or pin sticking into the bottom of their feet when they first stand up in the morning, which later evolves into a dull and constant ache. The sharp pain returns after they stand up after sitting for a prolonged period of time.

Natural Remedies for Heel Spurs

If you feel you have heel spurs it is important to see a medical professional as soon as possible to get treatment. The longer it goes on the harder it can become to treat. Non surgical treatment for heel spurs include:
– Taping or strapping to rest stressed muscles and tendons
– Stretching exercises
– Shoe recommendations
– Shoe inserts or orthotic devices
– Physical therapy
– Night splints
Additionally, the heel pain may respond to treatment with over-the-counter medications such as tylenol, ibuprofen or naproxen. In many cases, a functional orthotic device can correct the causes of heel and arch pain. In some cases, an injection with a corticosteroid may be done to relieve inflammation in the area. More than 905 of patients find relief with the nonsurgical treatments within 9-12 months. However, in severe cases, there are surgical methods that in clued the release of the plantar fascia and/or the removal of the spur. The doctor will perform the necessary pre-surgical exams to ensure the patient qualifies and post-surgical care for optimal recovery.

Heel Spur Prevention

You can prevent heel spurs by wearing well-fitting shoes. Ensure these shoes include features such as rigid shanks, shock-absorbent soles, and supportive heel counters. Make sure you are wearing appropriate shoes for the right activities. Always warm up with stretching exercises before engaging in the activities and if you are overweight, try a weight loss plan to prevent the heel spurs.

Heel Spur Surgery Treatment

If you suspect you may have heel spurs, call Belmont Anderson and Associates and let our specialists exam your heels and find the most optimal solutions to relieve you of the pain or discomfort you may be feeling.

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Health Professionals and Specializing Physicians Scholarship Program

Dr. Belmont Anderson DPM understands that dreams of becoming a medical professional and specializing in a field of training cannot come true without financial resources. Luckily for Dr. Anderson, college was paid for by his incredible ability to dribble, pass and shoot a basketball. We are all born with gifts and talents, but some of these are less obvious methods for paying for school! Through hard work, diligence, and by using scholarship opportunities like this, Dr. Anderson was able to become the Podiatrist he is today. After receiving his education and training form notable institutions such as Scholl College of Podiatric Medicine and specializing in advanced techniques for treating diseases of the foot and ankle, Dr. Anderson envisioned ways that he could give back to the community and assist young students achieve their dreams of becoming a medical professional. “The best part about being a doctor is working with people and genuinely helping them live a more fulfilling and comfortable life. I help relieve my patients’ pain and suffering in their feet and ankles. But, more than this, I help them in a small way to walk, play, travel, work and live a happier life. Each specialist gives value in each of his or her focused area of practice, and that is what keeps us enjoying what we do.” Dr. Anderson said. The Health Professionals and Specializing Physicians Scholarship Program will award $500 each year to a student striving to achieve their dream of studying to become a medical professional. To apply, submit a 300 – 850 word essay along with your contact information to Official Rules and Terms The essay should cover topics such as (it is not required to address all below suggestions):
  • The student’s passion and commitment to entering the podiatry or health professional medical field
  • Challenges they have overcome in pursuing their dream
  • The type of physician the student wants to be and why
  • A fun and interesting story related to the above
  • Goals in the next 5-10 years related to the medical field
  • How you plan to give back
Timeline: Submission Opens October 15, 2022 Submission Closes October 14, 2023 If your essay is selected as the winner, we will contact you to receive: Supporting Documents Required of Potential Winners:
  • One copy of Official High School or College Transcripts
  • Publicity/Liability Release
  • Copyright Assignment
  • IRS Form W-9
  • Copy of United States Driver’s License
  • Headshot photograph in high-resolution, digitally as a JPEG or TIFF file
FAQs: When does the submission process begin and end? Essays may be submitted between 12:00 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on October 15, 2022 and 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on October 15, 2023. The scholarship recipients will be notified by email on or about October 16, 2023. Who is eligible to apply? Any student currently attending a college, university, medical school, or specialization school, or will be attending within 1 year, and hopes to enter the medical field in the future. How are essays judged? Essays are judged by creativity, specificity, and basic grammar. We are looking for future physicians, or other medical professionals with a vision to help others and the medical community. How is my personal information used? A minimum amount of personal information is needed to verify your submission and provide us with a means of contact should you become a scholarship recipient. This personal information is used for our internal records only and we will not share your personal information with any third-parties. What scholarship awards are available? How do I redeem a scholarship? The winner will receive a $500 scholarship that will be paid directly to the scholarship recipient’s college or university. Belmont Anderson’s Future Physician Scholarship Program Rules SPONSOR: Anderson and Associates Podiatry (“Sponsor”) Timeline: October 15, 2022 Submission Opens October 15, 2023 Submission Closes Requirements:
  • Submit an Essay
  • Official Transcript will be request from the selected winner.
Supporting Documentation that the Potential Winner Must Provide:
  • Official Transcripts (copy)
  • Publicity/Liability Release
  • Copyright Assignment
  • IRS Form W-9
  • Copy of United States Driver’s License
  • Digital picture
  • ELIGIBILITY: The Health Professionals and Specializing Physicians Scholarship Program essay contest is open only to those legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are eighteen (18) years of age or older at the time of submission and who are currently enrolled in an accredited college or university or who will be enrolled by March 1, 2023 and aspire to a career in the medical field. Current employees, officers, directors and agents of Sponsor and its related companies and members of their immediate families (defined as spouse, parents, siblings and children) and persons residing at the same address are not eligible to be awarded this scholarship. Void where prohibited.
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  • SELECTION OF POTENTIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS: By November 15, 2023, a judge designated by Sponsor will select one winner from all of the submissions that meet the requirements listed in section one (1). Writing ability, creativity, originality, and overall excellence will be taken into account. The potential winner will be notified by e-mail, at which time they will be required to sign further documentation as explained below. Sponsor shall have no liability for any potential winner notification that is lost, intercepted or not received by the potential winner for any reason. Sponsor reserves the right to choose different Scholarship Prize Recipients if initial recipients do not respond to accept Scholarship Prize within 7 days of notification. Sponsor reserves the right to extend the call for submissions if, in its sole discretion, it does not receive a sufficient number of eligible and qualified submissions. Portions of the Prize Winning submission may be posted on the Sponsor’s Website, and may be used in other marketing materials, without further compensation or notice to the winner.
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  • PUBLICITY: Except where prohibited, by accepting a Scholarship Prize, the Scholarship Prize Recipients agree that Sponsor may, without any limitation or further compensation or notice, use his or her name, voice and/or likeness in any and all media, worldwide, for the purpose of advertising and promoting the Website, the Sponsor, the Scholarship Program, or any other promotion sponsored by
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  • REPRESENTATIONS AND WARRANTIES/INDEMNIFICATION. Each person who enters this Scholarship Program represents and warrants to Sponsor as follows: (i) the submission, including the essay, is the Applicant’s own original, previously unpublished, and previously unproduced work; (ii) the written response submission neither infringes upon nor violates the intellectual property rights or other rights of any other person or entity; (iii) the written response submission does not and will not violate any applicable laws, and meets the Submission Requirements set forth above. Each Applicant hereby agrees to indemnify and hold the Sponsor harmless from and against any and all third party claims, actions or proceedings of any kind and from any and all damages, liabilities, costs and expenses relating to or arising out of any breach or alleged breach of any of the warranties, representations or agreements of Applicant hereunder.
  • SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION: Upon notification of being the Scholarship Prize Recipient the winner will be required to complete and return an (a) Affidavit of Eligibility, (b) Publicity/Liability Release, and (c) Copyright Assignment, (e) IRS W-9, and to submit (f) a copy of their United States Driver’s License, (g) Headshot photograph in high-resolution, digitally as a JPEG or TIFF file no later than three weeks after notification, or the Applicant with the submission with the next highest score will become an alternate potential Scholarship Prize Recipient. If notification to a potential Scholarship Prize Recipient is returned as undeliverable, the Applicant with the submission with the next highest score may become an alternate potential Scholarship Prize Recipient.
  • NO OBLIGATION TO USE: Sponsor shall have no obligation (expressed or implied) to use any winning submission or continue the development, production or distribution thereof, and Sponsor may at any time abandon the use of the winning submission for any reason, and the Scholarship Prize Recipients shall not be entitled to any damages or other relief by reason thereof.
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  • SPONSOR’S RIGHT TO MODIFY, SUSPEND OR TERMINATE. In the event Sponsor is prevented from continuing with the Scholarship Program by any event beyond its reasonable control, then Sponsor shall have the right in its sole discretion to modify, suspend, or terminate the Scholarship Program.
  • GENERAL PROVISIONS. Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any individual who is found to be tampering with the application process or the operation of the Scholarship Program or the Website, to be acting in violation of these Official Rules, to be submitting responses dishonestly or inaccurately, or to be acting in an unsportsmanlike or disruptive manner. In the event of a dispute as to the identity of any entrant, the authorized account holder of the email address used to enter will be deemed to be the entrant. The “authorized account holder” is the natural person assigned an email address by an Internet access provider, online service provider or other organization responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted address. If a submission is confirmed by Sponsor to have been erroneously deleted, lost or destroyed, the entrant’s sole remedy shall be another submission, if time permits. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that or of any other provision.
  • GLIST OF SCHOLARSHIP PRIZE RECIPIENTS: The names of the Scholarship Prize Recipients of this Scholarship Program will be posted on the website.
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