Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis

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The plantar fascia is a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of your foot between the heel bone and the toe bones. It helps to support the arch of the foot and absorbs all the stress and pressure of your daily exercises and activities. When this tissue becomes inflamed, irritated or torn, the result is debilitating heel stiffness and pain. A condition that often accompanies plantar fasciitis but is not caused by it is the formation of a growth on the heel called a spur. This small calcium deposit forms on the bottom of the heel bone but rarely causes pain in plantar fasciitis sufferers. Therefore, in many cases, removing the spur is not required to treat the plantar fasciitis.

A sharp stabbing pain in the bottom of the heel that is more pronounced in the morning when you arise is an indication of plantar fasciitis.

Non-invasive treatments for the heel pain of bone spurs and plantar fasciitis include:                         

  • Footwear adjustments—Shoes with more cushioning that remove the pressure from the heel area can help relieve pain and discomfort.
  • Strength and flexibility exercises—Stretching and strengthening the calf muscle and Achilles tendon will provide some relief.
  • Custom fitted orthotic insertsSpecially made inserts that fit the contours of your feet can help stabilize and add cushioning to the heels.

If you are suffering with heel pain, Dr. Scott Nelson of Foot and Ankle Medical Clinic in Garland, TX, is a board-certified and highly experienced podiatrist who has helped people suffering from all types of foot and ankle injuries and deformities. From bunions, to diabetic foot problems, sports injuries and fungal nails, you can trust that Dr. Nelson and his staff are wholeheartedly devoted to your foot health. Please contact our office with any questions you may have or to schedule an appointment by calling 972-414-9800.