Heel spurs are commonly associated with Plantar Fasciitis. Learn more here about these
conditions including symptoms and treatment. When you are ready to schedule an appointment,
give our Atlanta podiatrist a call. Our experience treating a variety of conditions of the foot and
ankle means you will soon be back on your feet.
A heel spur is a knot on the underside of the heel bone. This bony protrusion is actually a buildup
of calcium deposits. In most cases heel spurs do not cause pain unless pressure is applied with
walking or a similar activity.
Causes of heel spurs
- Obesity – reduce weight to reduce pressure on the heel.
- Running and walking – pressure, especially on hard surfaces can lead to heel spurs.
- Gait – physical therapy can correct foot fall that causes heel spurs.
- Ill-fitting shoes
- High arch
- Excessive standing – choose a supportive surface and shoes with adequate support to reduce the likelihood of heel spurs.
As stated earlier, heel spurs commonly occur with Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is the term
used to describe inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia extends along the bottom
of the foot and connects the heel bone with the ball of the foot. If you’re experiencing plantar
fasciitis you aren’t alone. It is the most common cause of heel pain and afflicts millions of people
Causes of Plantar Fasciitis
There are several common causes of Plantar Fasciitis. As with heel spurs these include:
- High arch
- Running and walking
- Limited flexibility in the foot
Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs may cause a sharp pain in the heel upon standing, particularly
after prolonged sitting or sleeping.
You may have noticed that Plantar Fasciitis and heel spurs share several risk factors. They also
share some treatment interventions. During the exam, our Atlanta podiatrist will press the bottom
of your foot and note your response to the pressure. Be prepared to discuss any symptoms,
including pain or discomfort, you have been experiencing. You may also be asked to walk so we
can observe your gait. In some cases, imaging may be required.
Treatment of heel spurs – Our Atlanta podiatrist may recommend physical therapy, stretching
exercises, inserts or taping to relieve pressure on muscles and tendons. An over the counter pain
reliever can also be helpful.
Treatment of plantar fasciitis – After an examination our Atlanta podiatrist may recommend
one or several non-surgical treatment options. These include:
- Modification of activities – especially if the condition is aggravated by a particular
activity, such as running.
- Exercise – tight calf muscles can affect the flexibility of the foot and lead to plantar
fasciitis. Calf stretches can bring some relief.
- Orthotics, heel pad or splints
- Cortisone injections
Most patients observing the treatment plan can expect a complete recovery within six months. In
about 10% of cases, additional intervention is required. Call us today for an appointment. We can
help you heal heel spurs and plantar fasciitis so you can get back to the business of life.