Some people may have felt an indescribable pain below the heels. Others may just think that it’s just something that would go away over time however, there’s actually a name embedded to that pain. The medical world call this type of problem a Heel Spur. Heel Spurs are calcium deposits that accumulate just under the heel bone. By looking at the X-Ray results from patients that has Heel Spurs, its protrusion can extend by as much as half an inch forward, this is a problem known as heel spur syndrome.
Some patients may not feel pain with heel spurs especially on its onset, however, over time this will cause some discomfort. Heel Spurs are also commonly associated with another type of condition called Plantar Fasciitis. Plantar Fasciitis is the inflammation of the fibrous and thick band of tissue connecting from the heel to the toe. It may sound too much, but Heel Spurs do actually have treatments. These treatments would include cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, custom made ortho support, and a good old exercise. If all of these treatments fail to work, then you may have to go through surgery.
Causes of a Heel Spur
Most of the time, people with very active lifestyles are the ones who get to experience heel spurs. Heel spurs are caused by strained muscles and ligaments on the foot, torn membrane that are covering the heel bone and overstretched plantar fascia. Another common cause for heel spurs is when excessive strain is placed on the foot due to various activities. Poor fitted shoes, Diabetes, using flat or high heeled shoes, and aging are other common causes of heel spurs.
Symptoms of Heel Spurs
There are actually no symptoms that are associated with heel spurs however, it can be associated with chronic or intermittent pain that occurs while running, jogging or walking. This is normally felt when inflammation is developing at the point of the formation of spurs. In a more general term, the pain itself is not the heel spurs, but it is the soft tissues that gets injured.
Most people would describe the pain that they feel as a pin or knife that is sticking into their feet whenever they stand up first thing in the morning. In addition, it can also be felt when standing for prolonged periods of time.
Treatment for Heel Spurs
When there is constant heel pain associated with heel spur, your doctor may recommended different treatments. The problem with this condition is even when you take rest, it may come back immediately when you start walking again. The pain will only become less when you stop walking or running. Your doctor may recommend stretching, better shoes choices, physical therapy, using shoe inserts, or ultimately surgery.