Heel Spurs Specialist

William  Lehrich, DPM -  - Foot and Ankle Surgeon

Family Podiatry Center

William Lehrich, DPM

Foot and Ankle Surgeon & Podiatrist located in Mission District, San Franciso, CA & East Bay, San Leandro, CA

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.

Heel Spurs Q & A

What is a heel spur?

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.

What causes a heel spur?

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:

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Poor-fitting shoes
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Bruising of the heel
  • Improper weight distribution
  • Excessive walking on hard surfaces
  • Physical activities that irritate your feet
  • Mechanical defects and gait abnormalities
  • Repeated tearing of the membrane covering the heel bone

What are the treatments for a heel spur?

Most treatments center on relieving pain. Treatments for heel spurs include:

  • Ice and heat
  • Physical therapy
  • Medications to manage pain
  • Various stretching exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving medications or injections
  • Proper-fitting shoes, padding, inserts, arch supports, and custom orthotics

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.