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Heel Spur

North Star Foot & Ankle Associates

Podiatry located in Garland, TX

Staying active is a key component of a healthy lifestyle. But it also puts a lot of strain on your feet. Athletes, people who work on their feet, and other very active people are more likely to experience heel spurs, a bony outgrowth on the heel. And heel spurs can be painful. Fortunately, R. Jeffrey Doyle, DPM, and H. Aden Huynh, DPM, at North Star Foot & Ankle Associates, offer treatment to help you find relief. Call their Garland, Texas, office or book your appointment online to get started.

Heel Spur Q & A

What is a heel spur?

A heel spur is a calcium deposit that develops either on the back of your heel or underneath it. Some of the most common symptoms of a heel spur include:

  • Redness
  • Tenderness or pain
  • Swelling
  • Warmth to the touch

If left untreated, heel spurs can contribute to tissue and nerve damage. 

Heel spurs are only painful about half of the time, but they often contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which the band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot, connecting your heel to the ball of your foot, becomes inflamed. It’s often very painful. 

In the absence of plantar fasciitis, heel spurs can be very difficult to self-diagnose. The symptoms often don’t point to a bone abnormality. 

That’s why it’s important to see a podiatrist at North Star Foot & Ankle Associates if you’re experiencing any foot discomfort. The team can accurately diagnose your foot condition so you get the right treatment to protect your feet over time. 

Who gets heel spurs?

Heel spurs are most common in people who engage in athletic activities requiring a lot of running and jumping. That said, there are a number of other risk factors that can increase your likelihood of developing a heel spur. These include:

  • Wearing shoes that don’t offer sufficient support
  • Obesity
  • Jobs that require you to spend all day on your feet
  • Diabetes
  • High arches
  • Flat feet
  • Age
  • A walking gait that puts excess pressure on the heel

How are heel spurs treated?

The good news is that heel spurs are treatable. North Star Foot & Ankle Associates tailors a treatment plan to you based on the size of your heel spur and your level of activity.

The first step is to take an X-ray. This way, the team is able to see the bone outgrowth and accurately diagnose your heel spur. Then, you’ll start treatment. That might include:

  • Orthotic inserts to evenly spread pressure throughout your foot
  • Cold compresses and ice to reduce swelling
  • Steroid or other anti-inflammatory injections
  • Physical therapy

If none of these treatments are effective, North Star Foot & Ankle Associates also offers surgery to restore your foot health and ensure your feet can comfortably bear your weight as you work, exercise, and otherwise move through your life. 

Don’t let foot pain go unaddressed. Schedule your appointment at North Star Foot & Ankle Associates online or by calling their office.