According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, approximately one in ten Americans have heel spurs. While heel spurs are typically painful and cause discomfort, they can also be asymptomatic so many people are not aware of the problem. Heel spurs sometimes develop with plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is another common foot problem that results from inflammation to the long tissue that runs the length of the foot from the ankle to the base of the toes. Dr. Brian Doerr, a podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL, offers diagnosis and treatment for foot and ankle problems and injuries.
Heel Pain Diagnosis and Treatment in Fort Myers, FL
Q: What are Heel Spurs?
A: A heel spur is a bony protrusion caused by calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel.
Q: What Causes Heel Spurs?
A: There are a few potential causes for heel spurs. Approximately half of all cases of heel spurs occur with plantar fasciitis, but other potential causes include:
- Gait problems
- Being excessively overweight, which places additional strain and pressure on the heels
- Wearing shoes that do not fit properly or provide adequate support
Q: What are the Signs and Symptoms?
A: Many people with heel spurs do not experience symptoms, however, the most common symptom is sharp shooting pain in the heel, especially after long periods of inactivity like sleeping or sitting. Bone spurs can also cause inflammation, tenderness, and bony protrusions on the bottom of the heel.
Q: How do you Prevent Heel Spurs?
A: The best way to prevent heel spurs is to wear shoes that provide adequate support and shock absorption for your foot type. Replace athletic shoes at regular intervals, and make sure to stretch and warm up before and after work outs and intensive physical activity with adequate periods of rest and recovery in between. Maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding excess pressure on the joints is also important to prevent injuries and strains.
Q: How are Heel Spurs Treated?
A: Like plantar fasciitis, heel spurs can usually be treated conservatively with rest, orthotics, and lifestyle modifications if needed. However, in some cases, surgery may be an option if conservative treatments are insufficient.
Find a Podiatrist in Fort Myers, FL
For more information about heel spurs and other foot and ankle injuries and conditions, contact our Fort Myers, FL, office by calling 239-931-3668 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Doerr today!