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Heel spurs are calcium deposits that create a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. They normally form over time and are best identified by an X-ray.
Heel spurs are commonly linked with plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the bottom of the foot. Common symptoms of heel spurs include pain in the affected area, inflammation, and swelling on the sole at the front of the heel bone.
Heel spurs have many different causes including ill-fitting shoes, excess weight or obesity, repetitive stress from running or jogging on hard surfaces, and arthritis.
Treating a heel spur often requires a lifestyle change as well as getting plenty of rest. Cold compresses are another way to help alleviate the discomfort of a heel spur. To prevent further problems, shoe inserts or custom orthotics can be quite helpful.
Practicing different exercises can help reduce the pain of heel spurs as well as decrease any inflammation you may experience. Some of these helpful exercises include calf stretches performed either against a wall or on steps, rolling a golf or tennis ball under your foot, seated foot flexes, and pinching or grabbing a towel on the floor with your toes.
Heel spur prevention starts by understanding the everyday stresses put on your feet and knowing when to let your feet rest. It’s also important to not let heel pain go untreated. Once you notice something is not quite right, take action instead of waiting to see if it will just go away.
If you or someone you know think you’re suffering from heel spurs, we can help.
A Physicians Footcare podiatrist will thoroughly examine your feet to provide a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Request your appointment now.
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