Heel Spurs

Heel pain is a very common issue treated by Foot and Ankle specialists. A heel spur (extra bone formation) is a general term that can encompass and involve several different types of conditions such: plantar fasciitis, heel pain, Achilles tendonitis, arthritis, or a Haglund’s deformity. The heel bone is called the Calcaneus. There are numerous soft tissues (muscles, tendons, ligaments) that connect with this bone. It is important seek evaluation from a specialist to determine the location of your spurs and whether they are the cause of your pain.

Some patients may complain of pain underneath the foot and present with X-Rays that show a spur in that area. Often times, the spur is a result of a condition called plantar fasciitis and not directly responsible for the pain you are experiencing.

When bone enlarges on top of the calcaneal bone, it is often termed a Haglund’s deformity. This is an important distinction because the Achilles Tendon inserts into this area of the calcaneus. This can result in significant pain and discomfort and may be associated with bursitis, tendinitis, tendinosis or loose bone fragments. Typically, patients exhibit the inability to tolerate shoes with rigid backs and may also have trouble with activity. You may notice redness, swelling and warmth on the back of heel. Diagnosis usually starts with X-rays and clinical examination. Once a diagnosis is confirmed, there are various options for treatment. Come see our specialists today for evaluation and a recommended treatment plan.

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