Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care -  - Podiatrists

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care

Podiatrists located in Castle Rock, CO

Heel Spurs Specialist

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

Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care

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.


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

Rocky Mountain Health Plans
United Healthcare

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    "Definitely a premier foot & ankle operation and I would highly suggest Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care to anyone who needs to get back on their feet."

    Max H.
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    " I highly recommend Castle Rock Foot and Ankle Care to everyone! I will be taking my parents there for their foot care as well!"

    Steve J.
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    "My experience with Dr. Herzog and all the staff was an extremely good one! I highly recommend Dr. Herzog!"

    Gary L.
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    "My experience with Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care has been exceptional and I would highly recommend them for everything from orthotics to surgery."

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    "My feet issues will require lifelong care and I'm finally confident and stress free in knowing I have someone I can trust to do that. Thx Dr. Herzog."

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    "The office staff is all very nice to deal with. I've been very happy with him and would highly recommend this practice."

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    "The staff at Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care are as nice and caring and competent as I've seen and together, they made a nasty ordeal as good as it could possibly be."

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    "Definitely a premier foot & ankle operation and I would highly suggest Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care to anyone who needs to get back on their feet."

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Castle Rock Foot & Ankle Care
2352 Meadows Boulevard, Suite 270
Castle Rock, CO 80109
Phone: 720-336-2142
Fax: (303) 814-0020
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