Heel spurs are calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel bone. Although these spurs are often painless, they can cause associated heel pain. They are also frequently associated with plantar fasciitis — the inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia along the bottom of the foot.
Heel spurs typically develop over a period of many months. They are often caused by strains in foot muscles or ligaments, overextension of the plantar fascia, or repeated tearing of the membrane surrounding the heel bone. Running and jumping can also cause heel spurs, making them more common in athletes. Although it can occur at any age, it is most common among individuals 40 years or older.
While heel spurs don’t cause direct pain, they can be associated with intermittent or chronic pain if inflammation develops. This means that pain can occur while walking, jogging, or running.
Since heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are so closely related, they are often described similarly. Patients may describe the pain as the feeling of a knife or pin sticking the bottom of their foot in the morning. As the day progresses, the pain usually turns into a dull ache.
Traditional treatment for heel spurs can involve shoe inserts, strapping, physical therapy, and, in severe cases, surgery. Using these treatments, patients typically find relief in 9 to 12 months.
Airrosti is different. Our providers conduct a thorough injury assessment to identify the true underlying cause of the pain rather than just treating the symptoms. By combining highly specific and targeted manual treatment with at-home active rehab exercises, patients are typically pain free in an average of just three visits over a couple of weeks (based on patient-reported outcomes).
If you’ve been suffering from heel or foot pain, schedule an appointment with Airrosti today.