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Heel Spurs

Family Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Greenville, TX & Rockwall, TX

Heel spurs are like tiny bony hooks on the bottom of your foot. They’re a common cause of heel pain and are often associated with plantar fasciitis. The podiatric care experts at Family Foot & Ankle Specialists, Steven Brancheau, DPM; Paul Brancheau, DPM; and Ryan Pinedo, DPM, have the heel spur solutions you need for fast relief and continued good foot health. Call the Greenville or Rockwall, Texas, office or book your appointment with an expert podiatrist online now.

Heel Spurs Q & A

What is a heel spur?

A heel spur is a bony protrusion that’s caused by calcium deposits on the bottom of your heel. Heel spurs can range from tiny to large, with the biggest ones protruding half-an-inch. 

In most cases, heel spurs are painless. But, heel spurs are commonly associated with plantar fasciitis, which often causes severe heel pain. 

Am I at risk of developing heel spurs?

You’re most likely to develop heel spurs if you regularly run, jog, or do other types of exercise on hard surfaces like pavement or wood floors. Improperly fitted shoes, whether they’re too big or too small, can also contribute to heel spurs. 

If you have walking gait abnormalities, your risk for heel spurs increases. But, your Family Foot & Ankle Specialists podiatrist can tell you how to compensate for abnormal gait to reduce your risk of heel spurs and other foot problems. 

How are heel spurs diagnosed?

Heel spur diagnosis usually includes a foot exam and X-rays, since the bony protrusions are usually clear in imaging. If your podiatrist diagnoses you with plantar fasciitis, they’ll also check for heel spurs on X-ray since the two problems occur together so often. 

What is the treatment for heel spurs?

Heel spur treatment depends on whether your heel spurs are causing you pain or other issues. Treatment commonly includes conservative measures such as:

  • Rest
  • Custom orthotic shoe inserts
  • Taping or strapping your heel
  • Night splint (if you also have plantar fasciitis)
  • Physical therapy
  • Foot exercises

In rare cases, you could need heel spur surgery. During this surgery, your Family Foot & Ankle Specialists podiatrist creates a small incision on the bottom of your heel to extract the heel spur in pieces. 

How can I prevent new heel spurs?

You can prevent heel spurs by choosing shoes that fit properly and wearing shoes appropriate for the activity you’re participating in. Choose shock-absorbent soles whenever possible, as they offer great heel protection and can help prevent both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. 

Maintaining your ideal weight can also help you avoid heel spurs because it helps you avoid stress and pressure on your feet.

If you suspect that you’re dealing with a heel spur, call the Family Foot & Ankle Specialists for an evaluation at either office or use online booking to schedule your visit anytime.