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HEEL SPURS

Located in Sutherland and also proudly servicing Kirrawee, Engadine, Menai and Bangor, Sutherland Podiatry Centre offers care for heel spurs.

What are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are bony growths that occur on the underside of the heel bone (calcaneus).  Often heel spurs and Plantar fasciitis are related, they are not the same. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia – the thick fibrous tissue that inserts into the heel bone, and helps form the arch of the foot- this is often very painful.   Whereas heel spur is a hook of bone that has formed on the calcaneus, it is associated with plantar fasciitis, but is often not painful.

About 70% of people with plantar fasciitis have a heel spur that can be seen on an xray. However, many people without symptoms of pain can have a heel spur.  I have a spurs on my heel bones that a very large, but they do not cause me any pain!

 

Diagnosis

The only way to properly diagnose a heel spur is with an xray.  On an xray, the spur looks like a bony protrusion, and it can vary in size.  However, as a heel spur only indicates an increased load on the calcaneus, and not pain, an ultrasound may be required to see if another cause of the heel pain, such as the plantar fascia, to see if it is inflamed or degenerated.

How do you treat heel spurs?

Treatment for heel spurs is almost identical to plantar fasciitis. So this will involve a combination of:

  • Rest
  • Ice
  • Massage
  • Stretching
  • Padding
  • Taping
  • Proper footwear
  • Orthotic therapy

Tips

  • Be patient, consistent and diligent with your treatment plan.  Orthotics and stretching are effective sometimes over several months.  Consider, that it has taken years for your heel spurs to develop
  • Don’t walk barefoot when you are suffering from heel spurs.  Wear supportive shoes, even around the house
  • Taping or splinting the foot is sometimes effective, especially if you are to participate in sporting activities
  • Overweight people are more prone to heel spurs.  Lose weight to avoid heel spurs in the future or to help in your treatment

HEEL SPURS

What are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are bony growths that occur on the underside of the heel bone (calcaneus).Often heel spurs and Plantar fasciitis are related, they are not the same. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia – the thick fibrous tissue that inserts into the heel bone, and helps form the arch of the foot- this is often very painful.Whereas heel spur is a hook of bone that has formed on the calcaneus, it is associated with plantar fasciitis, but is often not painful.

About 70% of people with plantar fasciitis have a heel spur that can be seen on an xray. However, many people without symptoms of pain can have a heel spur.I have a spurs on my heel bones that a very large, but they do not cause me any pain!

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Diagnosis

The only way to properly diagnose a heel spur is with an xray.On an xray, the spur looks like a bony protrusion, and it can vary in size.However, as a heel spur only indicates an increased load on the calcaneus, and not pain, an ultrasound may be required to see if another cause of the heel pain, such as the plantar fascia, to see if it is inflamed or degenerated.

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How do you treat heel spurs?

Treatment for heel spurs is almost identical to plantar fasciitis. So this will involve a combination of:

·Rest

·Ice

·Massage

·Stretching

·Padding

·Taping

·Proper footwear

·Orthotic therapy

Tips

·Be patient, consistent and diligent with your treatment plan.Orthotics and stretching are effective sometimes over several months.Consider, that it has taken years for your heel spurs to develop

·Don’t walk barefoot when you are suffering from heel spurs.Wear supportive shoes, even around the house

·Taping or splinting the foot is sometimes effective, especially if you are to participate in sporting activities

·Overweight people are more prone to heel spurs.Lose weight to avoid heel spurs in the future or to help in your treatment

We have HICAPS available in our clinic, which means that our patients can claim from their private health fund straight away

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Shop 2/17-19 East Parade
Sutherland, NSW 2232

Tel: 02 9542 3491
Email: info@sutherlandpodiatry.com.au