Heel Spurs
Heel Spurs
(see “plantar fasciitis” for related information)

 

Description

 

Most often associated with plantar fasciitis, heel spurs can develop where the plantar fascia connects to the heel bone (calcaneus) near where the arch meets the heel on the inside of the foot. Excessive and repeated “pulling” stress on the connecting tissue in this area can result in inflammation, small tears, calcification and eventually, a bony spur can develop.
Symptoms
  • Spurs can cause intense pain in the area they form.
  • The area may be tender to the touch, feel hot and be very painful when standing and walking. *See a licensed health care professional to distinguish this condition from others that can produce similar symptoms. Spurs are typically diagnosed via an XRAY.
Pedorthic Management
  • Custom orthotics or over-the-counter insoles to maintain proper alignment of the bones in the feet help to decrease the “pulling” stress on the plantar fascia.
  • A soft accommodation zone directly under the painful site can help to reduce the pain associated with pressure
  • Heel lifts and “heel spur pads” can help reduce pressure on the plantar fascia
  • Supportive footwear that is torsionally stable (can’t be folded or twisted easily) with firm heel counters
Other Treatments
  • Physical therapy modalities include icing, taping and stretching programs targeting the calf muscles and plantar fascia