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Can I Remove My Heel Spur?

Can I Remove My Heel Spur?

I hate to break it to you, but you will not be ditching your heel spur and there’s no reason to! It is a common misconception among patients that heel spurs are causing their heel pain. Here’s the good news, heel spurs don’t cause any pain. They are a byproduct of conditions such as plantar fasciitis and ankle contracture. The formation of a heel spur is an indication that your muscles and tendons are extremely tight. Removing a heel spur can be extremely painful and not resolve your heel pain.

You Don’t Have to Live With Heel Pain!

If you’re experiencing heel pain, you’re not alone. People often give up hope and think they have to live with heel pain for the rest of their lives, but there is hope. Heel pain is a very common condition caused by various factors. It’s one of the most common conditions I treat, and most patients are 95% better in a month.  This blog post will discuss the causes of heel pain and treatment and prevention methods. We’ll also provide some helpful tips on how to reduce your risk of developing heel pain in the future. So, if you’re suffering from this condition, be sure to read on!


Several different factors can contribute to heel pain. One of the most common causes is overuse. If you’re constantly putting strain on your feet, whether through exercise or simply by standing for long periods of time, you may eventually develop heel pain. Some of the most common patients we have that experience heel pain are Toyota employees, teachers, nurses, and any other profession that spends large amounts of time standing on concrete or other hard surfaces. The concrete surfaces combined with the long hours are the perfect storm for heel pain to develop.

Shoe Gear

Additionally, footwear plays a role in this condition. If you’re wearing shoes that don’t fit properly, don’t provide enough support, or that are extremely flexible, this can also lead to heel pain. For example, if you can roll your shoe up like a burrito, then it is not a good, supportive shoe. Brooks, Asics and New Balance are great examples of supportive shoes. You can also watch a video of Dr. Freels providing tips for shoe shopping here.

Going Barefoot

Going barefoot can also cause heel pain. Your foot doesn’t know whether it is in the house or at the grocery store. So, during high impact times such as cooking, cleaning and doing laundry, you should also be wearing your supportive shoes. I like to have a pair of tennis shoes I only wear in the house to do chores. Golden rule: If I’m standing for longer than 20 minutes in the house, I put on my tennis shoes.

High Arches

If you have high arches, you may be more susceptible to developing heel pain. People with high arches supinate, or roll their foot outwards when they walk, which strains the tendons in your foot and can cause heel pain.


One of the most effective treatments for heel pain is to receive a steroid injection. However, many people do not want an injection in their foot, so we offer laser therapy as an alternative. Our FDA-Cleared Class IV MLS Laser uses concentrated light energy to stimulate the body’s own healing process to minimize pain, inflammation and promote healing. The MLS laser is a cold laser, which uses specific wavelengths and a patented delivery system to speed up the process of relieving inflammation, pain and repairing damaged tissue. Most patients feel a 75% reduction in pain after just six laser treatments performed in two weeks.

Other treatments include rest, ice, anti-inflammatories and, in severe cases, wearing an immobilizing boot.


Stretching regularly will also prevent future flare ups. If your muscles and tendons become too tight, it will cause heel pain to occur. Be sure to stretch for about 15 minutes a day to keep your muscles loose. You can watch this video of Dr. Barko demonstrating proper stretches.


Orthotics are another great way to prevent heel pain. As previously mentioned, heel pain is often caused by lack of proper support. A custom orthotic will be designed to the specifics of your foot to correct the alignment of your foot and provide you with the proper amount of support. To read more about orthotics, check out our other blog post.

If you’re experiencing heel pain, don’t worry, we can help. Our team is considered heel pain experts and it is the most common condition I treat. We will work to determine the cause of your heel pain and provide a treatment plan that will have you back on your feet in no time. Contact our office today at 859-264-1141 or schedule an appointment online. We look forward to helping you get back to living life without heel pain.

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