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Are Heel Spurs the Cause of My Heel Pain?

Heel pain can be somewhat annoying or very debilitating. The pain can be sharp and can first surface when you get up out of bed in the morning, or when you stand up after sitting for a long time. The pain can hang around for a long time or can flare up when running, jogging or even walking.

Your heel pain may be caused by a heel spur. This calcium deposit may grow over many months to appear as a small bony protrusion on the bottom of your heel bone. This small growth – up to 1/2″ long – may not even cause pain, but it may also hurt so much that it can cause normal activities to be limited.

Heel spurs are most often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot and attaches your heel bone to your toes. When this tissue is inflamed, painful plantar fasciitis can result.

What Causes Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are caused by the over-stretching of the plantar fascia but also can result from repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone, as well as from straining foot ligaments or muscles. You may have a higher risk of heel spurs if you:

Also, as we age, the heel’s protective fat pad naturally gets thinner and the flexibility of the plantar fascia lessens.

We Can Effectively Treat Heel Spurs

It’s most important to rest your foot if you have heel pain. If rest isn’t enough, please come in to see Stavros O. Alexopoulos, DPM. Our first treatment options will be conservative including:

If conservative treatments have no effect after some time, we’ll discuss surgery with you with the goal of removing the bone spur and releasing the plantar fascia.

Author
Stavros Alexopoulos One of Chicago’s top podiatrists, Stavros Alexopoulos, DPM, treats routine to complex foot and ankle issues. Dr. Alexopoulos is currently accepting new patients at My Chicago Foot Expert located near Ravenswood, North Park, and Jefferson Park.

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