Heel spurs are bony protrusions on the heel of your foot that can lead to pain and inflammation. At the Family Podiatry Center in the Mission District of San Francisco, California, and San Leandro, California, Dr. William Lehrich serves patients of all ages and offers a range of effective treatments for heel spurs, including medications and custom orthotics to help you walk better. Dr. Lehrich diagnoses heel spurs with state-of-the-art X-ray technology. Your feet are the base of your framework; take care of them with the assistance of a trained podiatrist. Call one of the two offices or book online today.
A heel spur is a calcium deposit underneath your heel that causes small bone pieces to protrude. A piece of bone forms on the heel bone, typically beginning on the front of your heel bone, and points toward the arch of your foot.
Pain from bone spurs is usually associated with inflammation or irritation of nearby ligaments, such as the plantar fascia ligament (the thick tissue band that supports your arch).
You might have a heel spur without knowing it since they aren’t always painful. That’s why an annual foot exam is a good idea as part of your overall preventive care program, especially when you have concerns about your feet.
If you have a heel spur, you might experience inflammation, pain, and swelling at the front of your heel. The area might also feel warm, and depending on the size and shape, you might be able to see the bony protrusion.
If your heel pain persists for more than a few weeks, visit a podiatrist like Dr. Lehrich to rule out heel spurs and other foot and ankle complications.
Heel spurs can only be properly detected and diagnosed by viewing the bone through an X-ray.
This podiatric condition develops over months and can often occur due to excess long-term inflammation, strain, pressure, and stress on your muscles and ligaments. Other contributing factors and causes of heel spurs include:
Most treatments center on relieving pain. Treatments for heel spurs include:
Heel spurs are permanent unless surgically removed. When necessary, heel spur surgery can reduce pain and boost the overall mobility of your foot.
Call or click to book online to discuss your treatment options and foot care with Dr. Lehrich.