Heel spurs are small calcium deposits that build up underneath the heel bone. These calcaneous growths are usually painless on their own, but are frequently associated with other foot injuries like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, and Sever’s disease.
CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS FOR HEEL SPURS
Heel spurs are often a sign of overused calf and foot muscles. Strains in foot muscles or ligaments, overextension of the plantar fascia, or repeated tearing of the membrane surrounding the heel bone all contribute to the formation of heel spurs. These bony protrusions do not grow overnight, but instead grow over a period of several months.
Common risk factors for heel spurs include:
- High-impact activities such as running or jumping.
- Walking or gait abnormalities that may place more stress on the heel.
- Having flat feet or high arches.
- Increased age, especially with individuals over 40.
- Ill-fitted footwear that lacks proper arch support.
SYMPTOMS OF HEEL SPURS
While heel spurs may not directly cause pain, they are often associated with other injuries like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis, both of which cause severe foot and heel pain. Pain is most often felt while walking or running.
In general, pain from heel spurs is typically described as the feeling of a knife or pin sticking the bottom of the foot in the morning. As the day progresses, the pain usually lessens and turns into a dull ache.
TRADITIONAL TREATMENT OPTIONS FOR HEEL SPURS
Heel spurs don’t normally need invasive treatments unless they are causing pain and severely disrupting your quality of life.
Besides resting and icing the foot, traditional treatments for heel spurs may involve:
- Orthotic inserts for better shoe support
- Foot strapping
- Physical therapy
In severe cases, surgery may be recommended. Using these treatments, patients typically find relief in 9 to 12 months.
AIRROSTI CAN HELP: HEEL SPURS DIAGNOSIS, TREATMENT, AND PAIN RELIEF
At Airrosti, our skilled providers will conduct a thorough injury assessment to identify the true underlying cause of your heel 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, based on patient-reported outcomes. Our providers will also provide valuable resources and tools that will help you strengthen your body to prevent future injuries and stay pain free.
If you’ve been suffering from heel or foot pain, give us a call at (800) 404-6050, or schedule an appointment with Airrosti today.
Reviewed by Casey Crisp, Doctor of Chiropractic