Quick Facts on Foot and Ankle Care in Our Podiatry FAQ
How can you tell if there is a bone spur in your heel? When should patients consider surgery for torn ligaments? Our FAQ page explores a variety of foot and ankle questions to help patients get the care they need. Search through our FAQ to get answers on your condition.
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How can I get rid of a heel spur?
Heel spurs are calcium deposits the bone makes on the calcaneus (heel bone) that build up over time, until they can potentially cause issues. This process happens in response to stress, friction, or pressure, and sometimes in conjunction with plantar fasciitis – a common source of heel pain.
By itself, a spur can go unnoticed. Issues arise, though, when a spur digs into soft tissues around it. In such an instance, you will likely want to undergo heel spur treatment. We will first attempt to address the issue with noninvasive methods. If these fail to provide sufficient relief, we may need to perform surgery on the affected plantar fascia.
Heel pain treatment is one of the services we provide here at Massapequa Podiatry Associates, but we offer many others to cover the full spectrum of foot and ankle issues that can arise. If you are having problems in your lower limbs, come see us at our Massapequa, NY office. We will provide the care and treatment you need to relieve painful symptoms and allow you to return to normal activities. Give us a call at (516) 541-9000 for additional information or take advantage of our online form to connect with us today!
What is a heel spur?
A heel spur is a bony prominence that forms along the base of your heel bone, facing the front of your foot and pointing forward. The prominence is formed by calcium, which deposits on the heel bone (also known as the calcaneus) as a response to tearing and swelling in the plantar fascia (a band of fibrous tissue that runs along the arch). Some heel spurs can even reach half an inch in length.
Despite this, you won’t notice any outward bump (the spur only shows up on X-rays), and the heel spur itself usually doesn’t cause any pain. The pain is from the tearing and stretching in the plantar fascia, and should subside once the soft tissues heal.
Heel pain that is severe or chronic should be examined by Dr. Corey Fox of Massapequa Podiatry Associates and the Long Island Heel Pain Center. We’ll get you a proper diagnosis, and can offer the best treatment tools and training to get you back on your feet. Give us a call today at (516) 541-9000.