Heel Spurs Treatment – Brooklyn and Manhattan, NYC
What Are Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are abnormal bony growths that develop at the back or under the heel as a result of ongoing soft tissue inflammation or irritation. The inflammation, more so than the heel spur, can cause significant pain.
Your heel bone is called the calcaneus. It helps to bear and distribute your body weight across your foot when you stand or walk. Soft tissues that help move and shape the foot are attached to the calcaneus. One such tissue, the plantar fascia, forms the arch in the foot.
Heel spurs develop in some people that have a condition called plantar fascitis, inflammation of the plantar fascia. Heel spurs form when the plantar fascia slightly separates from the calcaneus. An abnormal bone growth, a hook-like spur, forms from calcium deposits that grow at the site of inflammation.
Heel spurs are very common, and may or may not cause symptoms. Symptoms are usually related to the plantar fasciitis. You may experience significant pain. Your heel pain may be worse in the morning when you first wake up or during certain activities.
The majority of heel spurs are treated without surgery. Non-surgical treatments can relieve pain, but it may take some time for symptoms to resolve. Rest, icing, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory or prescription medications can help ease symptoms. Cortisone medication injections may also be used.
You may be instructed to perform stretching exercises to help relax the tissues in the heel. Your podiatrist may recommend custom orthotics or shoe inserts to position and cushion your heel. Night splints can help position the heel and arch of the foot while you sleep.
Some doctors may recommend extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT). This treatment uses energy pulses to start the repair process in the heel tissues. ESWT is recommended when other non-surgical treatments have failed.
Surgery is used a very small percentage of the time. It is usually considered after trying non-surgical treatments for at least a year. Plantar fascia release surgery is used to relax the plantar fascia. This surgery is commonly paired with tarsal tunnel release surgery. Surgery is successful for the majority of people.
Where to Find Heel Spur Injury Treatment in Brooklyn and Manhattan NYC
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