If you wear poorly-fitted shoes, have an abnormal walking gait, or repetitively jump or run on hard surfaces, your risk of developing heel spurs increases. Heel spurs are bony protrusions that occur on the underside of the heel bone between the arch and the foot. They develop over time, aren't always visible, and tend to arise when early symptoms, like heel pain, are left untreated. Many of our Reading, MA, patients who have them also suffer from plantar fasciitis and aren't aware. For proper diagnosis and to discuss treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. George Abboud at our New England Foot and Ankle Specialists office.
Causes and Symptoms
Plantar fasciitis is also called heel spur syndrome. This condition results from inflammation in the band of tissue that extends from heel-to-toe. The most common cause of plantar fasciitis is faulty foot structure such as fallen arches, or overly high arches. Heel spurs don't always present symptoms, but pain can worsen over months.
You may also notice:
- Heels that ache all-day
- Swelling and inflammation
- Skin that is warm to touch
- Sharp pain in the foot upon rising
How We Can Help Your Heel Spurs
At New England Foot and Ankle Specialists, Dr. Abboud will physically examine the foot before ordering imaging tests. He'll be searching for abnormalities such as redness and tenderness. He may also test your gait to determine if it's causing the problem, which may include standing on one foot at a time or taking a brief walk around our Reading, MA, office. Treatment may consist of cold compresses to numb the area, anti-inflammatory injections, over-the-counter medications, as well as physical therapy or stretching exercises.
Heel spurs are detectable with x-rays that our podiatrist will take during your initial consultation. Most often, they are treatable with conservative measures, and surgery isn't necessary -- however, this will depend on your specific needs and the severity of the condition. For more information about heel pain, other conditions we treat, and services provided by our New England Foot and Ankle Specialists, visit our website. For appointment scheduling with Dr. George Abboud in our Reading, MA, office, please call (781) 944-4044.