Here is a short story about Lisa (name changed for privacy), a 38-year-old avid runner, who came to my office complaining of persistent heel pain. She had been experiencing discomfort for several months and was finding it increasingly difficult to get through her day and finish everything she needed.
Upon examination, I discovered that Lisa had developed heel spurs as a result of her running routine. After discussing her treatment options, we decided to try a combination of physical therapy and custom orthotics. Over the course of several weeks, Lisa diligently followed her treatment plan and began to notice a significant reduction in her pain.
With continued treatment and a few adjustments to her running routine, Lisa was eventually able to return to her normal activities with minimal discomfort.
Over the years, I’ve seen this same story play out countless times, with heel spurs rearing their ugly head and disrupting your everyday life. Here’s a bit more about this common problem.
What Are Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are a common foot condition that affects millions of people worldwide. This painful condition occurs when a bony growth forms on the heel bone, leading to inflammation and discomfort in the surrounding tissue. If left untreated, heel spurs can cause chronic pain and limit your ability to perform daily activities.
What Causes Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs can be caused by a variety of factors, including:
- Plantar fasciitis: This condition is a common cause of heel spurs. Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot from the heel to the toes.
- Overuse injuries: Activities that involve repetitive stress on the foot, such as running or jumping, can lead to the development of heel spurs.
- Obesity: Carrying excess weight can put extra stress on the feet, leading to the formation of heel spurs.
Treatment Options for Heel Spurs
If you are experiencing heel pain, it is important to call our office. A professional evaluation can help determine the cause of your pain and the most effective treatment options. Some common treatment options for heel spurs include:
- Physical therapy: Stretching and strengthening exercises can help improve flexibility and reduce pain in the affected area.
- Orthotics: Custom shoe inserts can provide additional support and cushioning to the foot, reducing pressure on the heel.
- Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help reduce pain and inflammation associated with heel spurs.
- Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the heel spur and repair any damage to the surrounding tissue.
If you are experiencing heel pain, don’t suffer in silence. Contact our office today to discuss your treatment options and get back on your feet!
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