A heel spur is a calcium deposit that forms a bony growth. Sticking out from beneath the heel bone, a heel spur builds up over many months until symptoms occur. Heel spurs are so common that roughly one in 10 people have them on their feet and don’t even realize it. Those who do experience pain from their heel spurs describe the pain as something sharp sticking in the bottom of their foot. Heel spurs also cause painful plantar fasciitis symptoms to flare.
As a condition, heel spurs can come from a variety of different sources. Such sources include:
The pain and symptoms of a heel spur are similar to other foot conditions. If plantar fasciitis is also present, getting out of bed first thing in the morning and walking can be quite uncomfortable. You may also experience swelling, redness, and warmth in the area. It can sometimes be difficult to determine on your own if you have a heel spur. Visiting a skilled, knowledgeable podiatrist who can take X-rays and perform a comprehensive exam is the best way to determine if heel spurs are present.
Dr. Gary M. Kazmer, DPM, is a board-certified podiatrist with over 24 years of experience alleviating foot and ankle conditions, as well as heel pain. Dr. Kazmer’s personalized treatment plan may include:
Though surgery is also an option, it’s rarely used as a treatment for heel spurs. Dr. Kazmer believes in a conservative approach to foot care, only utilizing his surgical skills if there are no other options or when necessary.
If you are suffering from heel pain and suspect a bone spur, call Kazmer Foot & Ankle Centers at one of our convenient locations, or schedule your appointment online today.
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