Heel Spurs & Heel Pain

A common cause of heel pain is the heel spur, a bony growth on the underside of the heel bone. The spur visible by x-ray, appears as a protrusion that can extend forward as much as half an inch. When there is no indication of bone enlargement, the condition is sometimes referred to as “heel spur syndrome.” Heel spurs result from strain on the muscles of the foot, by stretching of the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot, and by repeated tearing away of the lining of the membrane that covers the heel bone.

Plantar Fasciitis

Both heel pain and heel spurs are frequently associated with an inflammation of the bands of fibrous connective tissues (fascia) running along the bottom (plantar surface) of the foot, from the heel to the ball of the foot. The inflammation is called plantar fasciitis. The condition occurs when the plantar fascia flattens out and elongates beyond its normal extension, causing the soft tissue fibers to tear or stretch at various points along its length, including at the heel bone. A gap occurs, which between the fascia and the heel bone may be filled in with the growth of new bone.
It is common among athletes who run and jump and can be quite painful. The inflammation may be aggravated by shoes that lack appropriate support, especially in the arch area, and by the chronic irritation that sometimes accompanies an athletic lifestyle.

Treating Heel Spurs

In all likelihood, 20% of our patients come to our office for treatment of this problem. Heel pain can be the result of many different problems including heel spurs, biomechanical imbalances, direct trauma, overuse and systemic diseases. 85% however our mechanical in nature. We have an entire protocol dedicated to treating this problem and an extremely effective, minimally invasive surgical treatment if necessary.

To learn more about the options available to you call the professionals at Alameda Family Podiatry today: 1-510-521-3410