Heel Spurs

If you think heel spurs are little silver jangly things cowboys wear on their boots, this page is for you.

Heel spurs are bone outgrowths on the heel that can cause a considerable amount of discomfort and heel pain when it rubs on tendons and nerves.

While bone spurs can occur on just about any bone, they’re quite common on the heels because of the constant friction and pressure.

Causes Of Heel Spurs

Heel spurs and bone spurs are the body’s way of trying to repair itself by building extra bone.

They can occur with age, in response to overly tight ligaments, as a result of sports or dancing, from ill-fitting and high-heeled shoes (known as a “pump bump”), and from added pressure caused by obesity.

Heel spurs are also somewhat common in patients with plantar fasciitis, when the ligament attaching the calf muscles to the foot becomes tight and pulls on the heel.

Patients with heel spurs often complain of heel pain and swelling, and may lead to painful corns and calluses which will worsen over time if left untreated.

Call Lexington Podiatry right away if you are experiencing any of these symptoms.

Heel Spur Examination

We will conduct a thorough examination of your feet, including an in-office diagnostic ultrasound, digital X-rays, and a comprehensive gait analysis.

We will examine the kind of shoes you typically wear and discuss your lifestyle and level of activity, which helps us determine the root cause of the problem and rule out any other potential conditions.

Heel Spur Treatments

If you have a condition such as plantar fasciitis that is causing bone spurs, we will take steps to treat that first.

Treatment options for bone spurs can include rest, elevation, icing, stretches, anti-inflammatory medications, shoe padding, orthotics, a change of shoes, and corticosteroid injections to decrease pain and swelling.

They can also be surgically removed, but this is only done as a last resort after other more conservative treatments have been used.

If you are experiencing foot pain, call our office or make an online appointment


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It took some work, and patience, but my feet are much better now. Dr. Freels worked with me to find exercises, and more importantly, the right shoe to wear. So nice not to dread going into work, for the pain of simply walking. Despite what another review here says, they've never tried to sell me any shoes there, have always left the choice up to me.

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