Heel spurs are one of the most common conditions you can run across, especially if you like to stay active by jogging. Constant pressure and pounding on your feet can create a protrusion at the bottom of your heel bone, which brings about pain, discomfort, and swelling. While most people don’t experience severe heel spurs, if you don’t catch it soon enough or leave the problem to fester, it can result in chronic pain.
What Causes Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs occur when the ligaments and muscles in your feet become strained. The plantar fascia, a fibrous tissue that connects your heel to your toes, stretches membranes that cover your heel bone tear. Repeated pressure put on the bottom of your heel bone can form a protrusion that becomes inflamed, leading to pain and discomfort. Heel spurs commonly occur in athletes, but you can develop this condition if you…
- Wear ill-fitting shoes
- Have gait abnormalities
- Have flat feet or high arches
- Spend a lot of time standing
- Are a senior
- Have diabetes
- Are obese or carry extra weight
- Run or jog daily
Do You Have Heel Spurs?
If you experience any of the following, you likely have a heel spur:
- Pain around the arch and heel of your foot
- A bony protrusion, even if it’s small
- Swelling around your arch and heel
- Inflammation around the ball of your heel
Treating Heel Spurs
At the first sign of a heel spur, it’s important that you contact your podiatrist and go in for a visit. You can never fully diagnose and treat your condition without the help of a professional. Here are some of the treatment options your podiatrist will likely suggest:
- Icing your foot
- Limiting exercise and walking
- Cortisone injections
- Resting and elevating your feet
- Physical therapy
- Stretching your feet before bed
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Custom orthotics
Taking care of your feet and managing your pain is crucial. At Advanced Foot Care of NJ, LLC, Dr. Anant Joshi and his staff treat a range of conditions and are committed to providing results. To schedule an appointment, contact his office in Woodland Park, NJ, at 973-256-000.