If the first few steps out of bed in the morning are met with an agonising pain blossoming underneath your heel you may just have a heel spur. Heel Pain is often always first thought of as a heel spur being the culprit. A heel spur is often identified by a traditional XRAY and a lot of the time your doctor may tell you that you have a heel spur and there is nothing that you can do, but is the heel spur actually the source of the pain you feel underneath your heel.
What is a Heel Spur?
A heel spur is a bony growth usually coming from underneath the heel bone, (calcaneus bone). They are often caused by excessive overuse and chronic inflammation where the connective tissue structures attach to the area of the heel bone. They can occur alone but are often related to underlying issues with other problems of the foot such as plantar fasciitis that can cause pain surrounding the heel but particularly underneath is the most common area of pain.
Often a heel spur is not directly related to the pain you are experiencing and thus there are effective treatment options that can successfully treat your problem without the need of drugs, injections and surgery.
Heel spurs are not a life sentence. We find many people that do have heel spurs do not have any problems so understanding that a heel spur is not what needs to be addressed is a shift in mindset to one of being accountable to fix the problem within your body.
What is the treatment for Heel Spurs?
Painful heel spurs are often un-common and tend to only cause pain when they are very large. Typically, treatment of pain underneath the heel is first addressed by finding the source of your pain. If it is a nerve entrapment, plantar fasciitis, or bone stress? each of these needing a specific and individualised plan of action best assisted by guidance by a podiatrist or physiotherapy with a special interest in heel pain
- Specific taping regimes to reduce inflammation and load on the tissues to facilitate heeling.
- Specific stretching and strengthening exercises to target the causes of your pain.
- Footwear modification and in-shoe modifications such as heel cushions and orthotic therapy to focus on any gait and biomechanical issues involved.
- Shock Wave Therapy to stimulate the healing response and reduce pain
- Massage and other soft tissue therapies such as joint mobilisation to improve foot, ankle and lower leg function
As heel spurs are generally not the root cause of your problem this information is for general purposes only. Only when the correct source of your pain is identified means that you can start to focus on what matters.
Heel Spur Prognosis
The good news is that heel pain is rarely permanent. Plantar fasciitis, one of the most common injuries associated with a heel spur is reversible and very successfully treated.
What to do next?
Reach out to our friendly team at the Gold Coast Heel Pain Clinic, we have helped thousands of people just like you and 100 % here to help you get back to pain-free function . Do not hesitate to seek a qualified professional in order to get a correct diagnosis and develop a specific path to recovery.plagiarism free check