Do You Have Heel Spurs?
Patients who drop by our office after struggling with heel pain for a long time often ask, “Do I have heel spurs?” Of course, there’s usually no way to answer that question without an X-ray. Nevertheless, we’ll try to answer that question, as well as a second and more important question. (We’ll get to that later.)
First, do you have a heel spur? There’s a good chance that the answer is “yes,” especially if you’ve been struggling with heel pain for a few months or longer. Heel spurs typically form as a secondary complication of a painful condition called plantar fasciitis, which is the most common form of heel pain among American adults. The plantar fascia tissue on the underside of the foot pulls, stretches, and tears away from the heel bone, allowing calcium deposits to slowly develop into a spur.
The longer this continues, the more likely a spur will form, and the larger it will grow. About half of all plantar fasciitis cases feature an associated heel spur, and more than ten percent of all American adults are thought to have one.
Now, the more interesting question: is your heel spur causing your heel pain? You may be surprised to learn that the answer is probably not, although there are exceptions.
You see, most of the time, even though heel spurs form as a result of plantar fasciitis, they don’t actually contribute to the pain you feel. In other words, if you’re able to treat the soft tissue injury, in 90 percent or more of cases the problem goes away even if the spur itself remains. Surgical remedies to remove the spur are only necessary if the spur itself is a contributing cause of pain, which happens in maybe five to ten percent of all cases at most.When you visit the Dallas Podiatry Works for your heel pain, our foot and ankle experts will fully evaluate your feet and draw up a custom treatment plan to help you get back on your feet as rapidly as possible. Drop us a message using our online contact form, or give us a call at (972) 566-7474.
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