Heel Spurs Specialist

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care -  - Podiatrists

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care

Podiatrists located in Castle Rock, CO

Heel spurs that are left untreated can cause chronic pain or sudden pain that makes it difficult to walk. Non-surgical and surgical treatment options are available for these growths. Dr. Jessica Herzog and Dr. Paul Stone at Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care provide treatment for heel spurs.

Heel Spurs Q & A

What are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs refer to calcium deposits that build up over time and form a bony growth on the heel bone. This growth develops on the bottom part or the back of the heel bone, which can cause discomfort while wearing shoes, standing or putting pressure on the heel. When heel spurs cause pain and other symptoms, treatment becomes necessary. These spurs can be treated with non-surgical methods or surgical procedures.

What are the Signs of Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs don’t always cause symptoms, even when they’ve been present for years. Some individuals experience pain that comes and goes or persistent pain, especially when they put pressure on the affected foot while walking or running. The kind of pain that heel spurs cause is typically sharp at first before becoming a persistent dull ache. Sharp pain can flare up again when those who have been sitting for a long time stand up.

What Causes Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs usually take several months to form. They typically develop when there is too much strain on the ligaments and muscles in the affected foot. Other causes include having a plantar fascia that is stretched too much and tears or rips in the membrane on the heel bone. The achilles tendon can also pull at the back of the heel bone if too tight. Those who have risk factors for heel spurs are more likely to develop these growths. Risk factors include playing sports that involve running or jumping, jogging or running on concrete and other hard surfaces, wearing shoes that don’t fit right, and being overweight.

How are Heel Spurs Diagnosed?

Diagnosing heel spurs involves taking X-rays of the affected foot. These X-rays show how far heel spurs extend, which can affect the severity of this condition and the type of treatment that is needed.

What Treatments are Available for Heel Spurs?

Nonsurgical treatment options for heel spurs include stretching exercises, wearing more supportive shoes, wearing orthotics, doing physical therapy, shockwave therapy and taking over-the-counter medications to relieve pain. These types of treatments are usually enough to relieve heel spur symptoms, but surgery is sometimes recommended. Surgical procedures for heel spurs involve releasing the plantar fascia, releasing the calf muscle or removing the heel spur. These are generally considered safe, but patients should note that some risks include infection, nerve damage, and scarring.

Insurance

Major Insurance Providers Accepted. Here is a short list of them. Please contact the office if you do not see your provider listed.

AARP
Aetna
BCBS
Cigna
Medicare
Rocky Mountain Health Plans
United Healthcare