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Heel spurs are essentially a hook of bone that forms at the back
of the foot, at the base of the ankle. Heel spurs are also
described as a calcium deposit that covers the tendons and
ligaments of the ankle. Heel spurs cause extreme pain, and can
prevent someone from walking or being physically active at a
Heel spurs are more common than people expect them to be.
They are most common in people age forty and over, although
heel spurs can occur in people younger than forty, and
frequently affect athletes or people who are very physically
active. Heel spurs are also common in those with poor
circulation and degenerative diseases. People who suffer from
arthritis may suffer from heel spurs as well.
The symptoms of heel spurs are pain in the lower ankle, which
increase when walking.
Treatment of heel spurs can be treated many ways and most
often times is very effective. If someone suspects that they have
heel spurs, they should contact their physician. Their physician
will recommend that they perform an x-ray on the patient's
ankles. The physician may also perform a physical on the
patient to ensure that there are no underlying conditions, and of
course if heel spurs are discovered a physician can recommend
Orthopedic shoes are specially designed footwear for people
who suffer with foot problems. Orthopedics offer a rubber sole,
which cushions the heel and adds comfort to those who suffer
from heel spurs. Another simple way to help the pain of heel
spurs is to elevate the ankle to diminish the pain. When
elevating the ankle, the blood is not focused on that area of the
foot and can bring some relief. When all these options have been
attempted, and there is still no relief from heel spurs, or the
heel spurs return, surgery can be the more dramatic and
permanent way to rid patient of heel spurs.
There are less conventional ways that are becoming more
popular ways to treat heel spurs. One option would be to use a
night splint which reduces the pain caused from heel spurs if
worn overnight. Other alternative treatment methods that can be
used are ultrasound, or acupressure. There are also other tolls
that can be used are heel cups, heel seats, heel pads, arch
supports, and insoles.
Exercise is also another powerful tool to help alleviate pain from
heel spurs and can help in dealing with some of the symptoms,
although exercising incorrectly and forgetting to protect your
feet can lead to further pain. It is important to remember the
correct way to place the feet when exercising so as to avoid
making the problems worse, or creating problems. When
exercising to alleviate heel spurs, exercising strengthens muscles
around the surrounding tissue around the ankle. Stretching will
also keep the tendons around the ankle flexible.
Kelly N. May, DPM, FACFAS
Board Certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery®
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