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Heel Spurs

A heel spur refers to heel pain caused by a fragment of bone that protrudes from the heel bone or Calcaneus either at the back of the heel or under. Although the abnormal protrusion in itself is not painful, it does inflame the plantar fascia tissues making the area tender and painful especially when stepping on the heel. Because of this symptom heel spurs are often confused with plantar fasciitis. Individuals with heel spurs profess the same symptoms of pain as those suffering from plantar fasciitis. A common complaint is chronic pain which is usually more prominent in the mornings or after a time when the foot has rested. The pain also lessens as the day begins but worsens after a long period of stress and overuse. While heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are different conditions, they are closely associated since heel spurs often develop in patients with plantar fasciitis thus attributing to the confusion in diagnosis. X-rays are usually necessary in properly diagnosing the condition of heel spurs.

For the treatment of heel spurs, patients undergo the same basic steps as with the treatment of plantar fasciitis. Rest, application of ice packs, anti-inflammatory medications and shoe inserts are often enough to cure heel spurs in most patients. However, if basic treatment is unsuccessful after a period of one year, surgery is a last option.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of heel spurs or plantar fasciitis, see Dr. Belmont Anderson for a prompt diagnosis and proper treatment.