Take Action Against Heel Spurs
Heel Spurs are injuries to the plantar fascia of the foot caused by frequent stress placed upon it from a variety of activities. The plantar fascia is a tendon at the bottom of the foot and can become swollen, which causes discomfort and stiffness. Spurs thereafter develop on the bone through calcium deposits in an effort to protect the bone. The plantar fascia is important as it supports the arch by connecting the ball of the foot with the heel. The plantar fascia tolerates pressures that are created when the heel lifts off of the ground during movement such as walking or running. When calf muscles become strained, the plantar fascia endures significantly more stress. This condition can become increasingly painful if not treated in a timely manner.
Treatment for this condition involves:
- Using ice therapy can help reduce inflammation and speed up healing.
- Getting plenty of rest will help to aid with healing.
- Physical therapy focusing on stretching the calf muscles and the plantar fascia will help to relieve tension in the heel and also strengthen it.
- Taping the heel.
- Use of support devices such as arch supports and heel pads will help to alleviate pressure on the foot and prevent heel spurs from forming again.
- Losing weight will help immensely to take pressure off of the heel. Moreover, fat that is concentrated lower on the body will cause even more stress in the area around the heel since it weights down on the feet with greater force.
Heel spurs can be a cause for concern for many reasons. This condition can cause significant discomfort with everyday activities. You should contact us to determine the extent of your heel spurs and the best strategy for removing them from your heels. Here at NOLA Sole Podiatry located in New Orleans, LA, our podiatrists, Dr. Kristina Robertson, DPM and Dr. Taylor Robertson, DPM, will use the latest advancements in podiatry to alleviate your heel pain and get those heel spurs out of your step! Make an appointment with us today by calling our office at 504-302-1586 and treat your feet right.