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By Idaho Foot & Ankle Associates
October 05, 2018
Category: Foot Care
Tags: heel spurs   Heel Pain  

Have you been experiencing any heel pain or bothersome tenderness without any obvious cause? Although heel spurs themselves sometimes do not cause acute discomfort, they are frequently associated with the painful inflammation known as plantar fasciitis, a condition commonly described as feeling like a knife is wrenching through your foot. Read below for more information on the typical causes, symptoms, and treatments of heel spurs.

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is often the result of overstraining foot muscles and ligaments, overstretching the plantar fascia (the thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes), and repeatedly tearing the heel bone membrane. From these actions arises a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Risk factor for developing the condition include:

  • Possessing any walking gait abnormalities

  • Regularly running or jogging on hard surfaces

  • Wearing poorly fitted or overly worn shoes

  • Wearing shoes that lack arch support

  • Being excessively overweight or obese

What are The Symptoms?

Heel spurs do not carry many symptoms by themselves. However, they are often related to other afflictions, most typically plantar fasciitis. The most common sign of this combo of conditions is a feeling of chronic pain along the bottom or back of the heel, especially during periods of walking, running, or jogging. If you are experiencing this recurring inflammation, it is a good idea to visit your local podiatrist's office and inquire about undergoing an x-ray or ultrasound examination of the foot.

What are the Treatment Options?

The solutions to heel spurs are generally centered around decreasing inflammation and avoiding re-injury. They include:

  • Applying ice on the inflammation

  • Performing stretch exercises

  • Wearing orthotic devices or shoe inserts to relieve pressure off of the spur

  • Taking anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen to relieve pain

  • In extreme cases, surgery can be performed on chronically inflamed spurs

If you are dealing with symptoms of heel spurs or pain in your feet, turn to a podiatrist so that we can get you back on your feet. Don't ignore your pain.

By Idaho Foot and Ankle Associates
November 20, 2014
Category: Uncategorized

There are twenty-six bones in the human foot, and the heel bone is the largest. It’s no surprise, then, that foot pain usually affects the heel in one way or another. Although any kind of pain in the foot should be reported to your podiatrist, the following conditions can be particularly difficult.

Heel Spurs

Heel spurs are calcium deposits that build up on the underside of the heel bone. They’re common among athletes whose sport involves excessive running and jumping, but other factors can also contribute to the development of heel spurs, such as the following:

  • Gait abnormalities
  • Poorly-fitted shoes
  • Obesity

Heel spurs are often painless, but when they become inflamed, they can actually be very painful. People will heel spurs have reported that they can sometimes feel a “pins-and-needles” sensation in the bottom of their feet when they first wake up in the morning. If you’re experiencing this kind of sensation, call your podiatrist.

Plantar Fasciitis

The plantar fascia is shock-absorbing tissue that runs along the bottom of your feet from the toes to the heel. When this tissue becomes torn or inflamed, it can cause a condition called plantar fasciitis.

Much like heel spurs, plantar fasciitis pain usually presents in the morning, during a person’s first steps of the day. The pain can subside throughout the day, but for some, it persists until they head back to bed at night. If you feel tightness or pain in on the underside of your foot, it could be due to plantar fasciitis. Call your podiatrist immediately if you begin to experience this symptom.

Achilles Tendonitis

The infamous Achilles tendon connects the calf muscle to the heel bone. Inflammation of this tendon is called Achilles tendonitis, and is usually caused by overuse. Tension, aching, and soreness in the tendon, heel, and ankle are the symptoms that accompany Achilles tendonitis—all signs that you should visit the podiatrist.

To learn more about treatment for heel pain in the Boise, ID area, call (208) 327-0627 today!