Our podiatrist, Dr. Joel S. Segalman, DPM at the Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, has the medical know-how and experience to treat heel spurs. Please call or visit us at our Waterbury 203-755-0489 & Newtown 203-270-6724, Connecticut locations today so that we can diagnose any heel spurs that may be causing you discomfort and loss of routine mobility.
Heel Spurs form in the bottom of the heel and can become extremely painful due to a bony development at that location. In this situation, the ligament that attaches the bottom of the foot to the heel becomes swollen from repeated irregular pulling that thereafter disturbs the heel bone. When this happens, bone spurs are created as a defensive means. The spurs formed are calcium deposits that stick out where ligaments connect to bones. Severe pain is felt in the morning during the initial steps and then later in the day after walking or running.
This condition’s contributing factors include being obese, wearing poorly fitting shoes, a misaligned heel or arthritis. Treatment can include the use of anti-inflammatories when pain radiates from the bottom of the foot which helps to reduce swelling and pain. However, these medications should not be taken by those with diabetes. Ice, compression, exercising, padding and heel cushions are very helpful in reducing pain and promoting healing. However, wearing properly fitting shoes is the foremost top technique for combating heel spurs. Utilizing the correct fitted orthotics is another action to take in conjunction with the proper foot wear to maximize healing. Physical therapy can also help to stimulate muscles in the foot. Yet, when these methods do not produce the desired results, surgery will be required. But, there are novel surgical methods that involve less invasiveness and can be just as helpful as traditional surgeries. After this minimally invasive surgery is done, the foot will need to remain in a cast for proper healing.
As it seems, heel spurs can lead to severe and annoying pain. Please contact our offices now and stop the pain your heel spurs are bringing to your routine.