If you have plantar fasciitis, it’s possible that you may also have a heel spur, which is a calcium deposit on your heel. The experienced team at Nashville Podiatry, with offices in Nashville, Gallatin, and Hendersonville, Tennessee, specializes in both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, and can provide treatment to help reduce discomfort so you can get back to your usual activities. To learn more about your treatment options for heel spurs, call the office today or book online.
A heel spur in a bony deposit of calcium that develops on your heel. These spurs can extend up to a half an inch from your heel. Heel spurs are also sometimes referred to as heel spur syndrome and are often associated with plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of your plantar fascia that causes stabbing heel pain.
Strains and tearing of the membrane that covers your heel may lead to the development of a heel spur. They take months to develop and are very common in athletes, especially runners. You may also be at risk of developing a heel spur if you wear ill-fitting shoes, have a history of diabetes, or you spend too much time on your feet.
Heel spurs themselves don’t cause pain. However, you may begin to experience heel pain if your heel spur irritates your plantar fascia, leading to inflammation and discomfort. With a heel spur that’s irritating your soft tissue, you may feel a stabbing pain when you take your first steps in the morning that eventually turns into a dull ache as your day progresses.
Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry conducts a comprehensive examination when you come in with complaints of heel pain to determine the underlying cause. Your examination may include a review of your symptoms, physical exam, and evaluation of your foot. Your specialist may also palpate areas of your foot to find the source of your pain.
To confirm that a heel spur is the underlying cause of your pain, your specialist may recommend an X-ray.
Your specialist at Nashville Podiatry creates a personalized treatment plan for your heel spur to help reduce your pain. Your treatment may include:
If your heel pain fails to improve with conservative measures, your specialist at Nashville Podiatry may recommend surgery to remove the heel spur.
Heel spurs can be the underlying cause of your heel pain. For a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan, call Nashville Podiatry today or request an appointment online.