What Are Heel Spurs?
A heel spur is a bony growth on the heel bone that extends toward the center, bottom of your foot (toward the arch). Sometimes you can feel this, but not always. The heel spur is simply a build-up of calcium and is often shaped like a spur or hook with a pointed end. Many heel spurs are the result of plantar fasciitis, a condition where the tendon that connects the heel bone to the toes becomes inflamed and tender.
The pain from heel spurs can vary from a dull ache and tenderness to a sharp, stabbing pain when you try to walk. For many people, heel spurs hurt worst when you first try to stand up in the morning, sending shooting pain through the foot. As you move around and loosen the fascia tendon, the pain becomes duller, but the ache may remain throughout the day. After resting and the fascia tightening again, the pain usually becomes more severe again.
Other Symptoms of Heel Spurs
Other symptoms of heel spurs may include localized swelling, a burning sensation in the heel area, difficulty walking barefoot, or a small bump or protrusion on the bottom of the foot. When an x-ray is taken, a bone spur can usually be seen growing from the heel bone.
Anyone who suffers from heel spurs on Brooklyn or Queens can call Dr. E’s office at 718-873-3174 to schedule an appointment for a consultation. Dr. E has treated heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and bunions in NY for years with impressive results and can bring relief from your heel pain.
What Causes Heel Spurs?
Dr. E’s Heel Spur Treatment Options
- Rest and taking pressure off the heel for some time
- Anti-inflammatory medications and icing of the area
- Stretching exercises to improve the function of the fascia
- Physical therapy
- Orthotics to provide support to the arch and heel
- Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (intensive shockwave
- physiotherapy used to stimulate healing and encourage
- breaking up of bone spurs)
Heel Spur Surgery in Brooklyn and Queens
Recovery will require a few weeks at home, including one to three weeks in a walking boot or splint. For the first few days, there will be pain and swelling, and you will need to keep your foot elevated. Full recovery takes up to six weeks but will depend on several factors.
Dr. E can explain what to expect from heel spur surgery in greater detail when you schedule an appointment to discuss your heel spurs with him in his Brooklyn or Queens office. Call 718-873-3174 to schedule an appointment today. In addition to heed spur surgery, Best Foot Dr. NY also offers bunion surgery in Manhattan, mallet toe surgery and many other valuable services to help bring you relief.