After the wear-and-tear of years of use, your feet may develop a heel spur. Heel spurs cause painful bumps on your feet alongside chronic irritation. At Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic, the experienced team headed by Dr. Darren Silvester and Dr. Boyd Bills diagnose and provide expert treatment for heel spurs. Schedule your appointment online or by calling either of the clinic’s San Antonio area locations in Universal City or Pleasanton, Texas.
Heel spurs are calcium deposits on your heel bone. While spurs occur on any bone in your body, heel spurs grow in the backs or bottoms of your feet. Heel spurs on the bottom of your feet are associated with plantar fasciitis, while spurs at the back of your feet aggravate your Achilles tendon.
Years of using your feet on an everyday basis signal your body to protect itself in the form of calcium deposits. The heel spur protects your heel, but causes pain from the extra growth underneath your skin.
Tight, unsupportive shoes and repetitive movements such as running and jumping increase your chances of heel spurs. Spending long hours standing also worsens irritation on your feet.
You won’t know a heel spur is forming until after it starts causing discomfort. When your heel spur grows large enough, it irritates the soft tissue in your heel, causing inflammation and pain. The pain you feel is typically worsened if you also have plantar fasciitis.
Resting may sound like a great way to help your aching feet, but with heel spurs, you might be making it worse. The expert team at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic suggest simple treatments such as:
In some cases, pain also responds with over-the-counter medication.
In more than 90% of people with bone spurs, simple stretching and orthotics correct the problem. If you’re still suffering from acute pain after 9-12 months of treatment, your doctor may suggest removing the spur.
Your doctor explains any complications and the entire surgery process during your appointment, and answers any concerns or questions you may have.
One way to prevent heel spurs is wearing the correct shoes for your feet. Warming up before physical activity helps stretch your muscles to avoid injury. Losing weight can also help relieve added pressure to your feet.
If you find yourself in pain when you walk or run, speak with the professionals at Next Step Foot & Ankle Clinic in the San Antonio area offices in Universal City and Pleasanton, Texas. Call today for your appointment or book online now.