Foot problems are common in many individuals at a certain time in their lives. Like any other body part, they require special care to enhance proper functions and overall health. Walking exercises are ideal for your feet and your whole body as they allow blood circulation and weight control. Many foot problems arise from injuries, poor foot hygiene, work accidents, tight and uncomfortable fitting shoes, and health conditions. Proper general foot hygiene helps prevent many foot infections. Advanced Foot, Ankle, & Wound Specialists, PA specializes in providing comprehensive foot and ankle care to help people live quality lives. The Tamarac heel spurs specialists focus on providing quality and effective care to deliver the best results. Call or book online to schedule your appointment.
The practice, led by a team of highly skilled and board-certified podiatrists, offers customized care to meet patient-specific needs. They excel in serving the entire Florida community with excellent foot care services. The highly qualified team uses advanced and the latest technology to offer quality and extensive care in the various foot and ankle problems including heel spurs. Visit them today for guaranteed excellent results.
What are heel spurs?
Heel spurs occur as hard bony growths on the front underside of your heel bone. Also known as hardened calcium deposits. They can appear pointed, hooked, or shelf-like. You may not notice them with a naked eye during the early stage, but they can grow up to a half-inch after some time.
Everyone experiences heel spurs differently; to some, there is persistent pain, while there are no side effects to others.
What are the symptoms of heel spurs?
The most usual symptoms of heel spurs are pain, inflammation, and swelling at the front of your heel. The front of your heel might also feel warm and appear red.
As the heel spurs increase in size, the pain spreads to the arch of your foot. When the spur develops fully, it might be visible as a bump underneath your skin.
What causes heel spurs?
Heel spurs usually occur due to excessive damage to the feet’s muscles and ligaments. As time goes by, the muscle strain causes calcium deposit formation, leading to a bony growth or spur.
The primary cause of heel spurs is repetitive tension created by walking, running, and jumping. Other causes include:
· Worn-out or old shoes
· Excess body weight
· Walking or gait issues
· Unfitting or uncomfortable shoes
You might also experience heel spurs if you have plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition where your plantar fascia (a thick band of fibrous tissue that runs from your toes to your heel) becomes swollen and inflamed, causing pain.
What are the diagnostic techniques for heel spurs?
During the consultation at Advanced Foot, Ankle & Wound Specialists, PA your provider reviews your medical history and symptoms. He then orders an X-ray to get a closer look at your feet. The x-ray result identifies the cause of your heel spur that helps in creating effective treatment.
What are the treatments for heel spurs?
The treatment depends on the size and location of your heel spurs and your daily activities. Your provider may recommend rest, cold compressions, and over-the-counter pain medications. Other treatments include corticosteroid injections, physical therapy, stretching exercises, and custom orthotics.
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