A heel spur is a slight bony growth or a group of bony growths on the underside or back of the heel. Sometimes they cause pain and discomfort – but not always. Heel spurs are related to plantar fasciitis, but they are not the same thing. Heel spurs can be found in people of all age groups, but middle-aged men and women are most likely to have problems.
Heel Spurs can be caused by repeated stress and strain placed on ligaments and muscles in the foot, or abnormally stretching the connective tissue that spans the heel and the ball of the foot. Recurrent injury to the membrane on the heel bone can also cause heel spurs. Ill-fitting or worn-out shoes, running or walking more than usual can all be the cause.
Heel Spur Treatment, How to Get Rid of Heel Spurs
Heel spurs are closely related to plantar fasciitis and heel spur treatment is very similar. Heel spurs is a condition that is often (and successfully) addressed with conservative measures - stretching exercises, ice packs, physical therapy and orthotic devices.
Do I have to Have Heel Spur Surgery?
Hecker Sports and Regenerative Medicine Fort Collins will accurately diagnose what your injury is, avoiding unnecessary and costly surgery. Perhaps your pain is something simple like a fracture, or a more complicated torn ligament or a partial tear. We focus on the root issue and the actual nature of the problem. We involve our patients in their custom treatment plan, interacting with patients and educating them as well. This helps them increase their speed of recovery and contributes to re-injury prevention.