Your Guide to Heel Spur Syndrome

A foot pain is a common problem, however very few people know that there are different reasons for the occurrence of same type of foot pain and the conditions vary as per the individuals’ body condition. A heel spur is also a type of foot pain that shows calcium deposit on the heel bone’s underside when taken under an X-ray. X-ray evidence shows the protrusion of the heel spur extended forward by half an inch. Most of the heel spurs do not cause any pain; however, in some cases they do cause pain to the heel if the condition is also associated to plantar fasciitis that is a painful inflammation of the foot. Here we are discussing the causes, symptoms and related treatments for the heel spurs. 

Heel spur causes

The process of calcium deposition underside of heel bone leads to formation of heel spur condition. This deposition slowly accumulates and takes many months to form the heel spur condition. The foot complaints start when the heel starts paining. Major reason behind the formation of spur is too much strain on ligaments and muscles of the foot, plantar fascia stretching, and when the heel bone covering membrane is tears off repeatedly. This type of problem is mostly common in athletes who are involved more in jumping and running activities. There are certain risk factors associated with heel spur such as running or jumping on hard surfaces, walking gain abnormalities due to which excess stress is placed on the heel bone leading to damage to nearby ligaments and muscles, excess weight, wearing badly fitted shoes and lack of proper arch support. Some other factors that are also associated with plantar fasciitis include diabetes, increasing age, having high arches or flat feet and standing on feet for long time.

Symptoms of heel spurs

Usually heel spurs cause no symptoms. But at times they may be associated with chronic pain that arises intermittently. This pain doubles when you are jogging, walking or running, more so if inflammation has developed at the spur formation point. Generally, the pain is not due to heel spur but because the soft tissue associated with it is injured. The pain feels like sticking of pin or knife and makes it difficult for a person to stand up first time in the morning. As the day progresses, the pain becomes dull. Most of the heel spurs are treatable but due to lack of proper information, many people keep on bearing the pain for years together.

Non-invasive heel spur treatments

Although initially, doctors advise rest to the feet, the pain may come back once you resume your regular activities. The pain will go off after you walk extensively. After you stop to give rest to your tired feet and then want to stand again, the pain will come back again with the same intensity. That is why; if you are suffering from such type of pain for more than a month, you should immediately contact your caregiver. Most probably, the doctor will recommend different shoes, stretching exercises, physical therapy, orthotic devices or shoe inserts, strapping or taping the stressed tendons or muscles to rest and more. Some of the common medications that might be prescribed include naproxen, ibuprofen or acetaminophen. 

Surgical treatment for heel spurs

Surgery is the last resort, as almost 90 percent patients feel better after the nonsurgical treatments. In case, these treatments fail to ease the pain of heel spurs, and continues for more than nine months then, doctors may recommend surgery to restore mobility and relieve pain. Removal of spur or release of plantar fascia is some of the surgical techniques that are used. The after surgery care should be carried out according to Footlogics. These include rest, ice compressions, keeping the foot in elevated position and placing weight on the foot after the surgery. In many cases, patients are advised to use surgical shoes, canes, crutches, casts or splints. 

How to prevent heel spurs?

The best way to prevent pain in the heel is by wearing shoes with good fitting that have rigid shanks, shock-absorbent soles, supportive heel counters. You should use different shoes for different purposes such as doing stretching exercises, running or jogging and jumping. It is better to lose weight to prevent such problems and avoid wearing high-heeled shoes or sandals excessively.

Now, that you have all the information regarding the causes, symptoms, treatments and preventive measures for heel spurs, you should take care that you do not suffer from such problem. And if you at all are having such symptoms, you surely know the cause behind it and the way to treat it.

   

 

 

 

 

 

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