Heel Spurs Specialist

Newtown Foot & Ankle Specialists

Podiatry located in Newtown, PA & Bristol, PA

Heel spurs are one of the leading causes of pain and swelling in the heels, and they’re quite difficult to detect without help. The highly skilled podiatrists at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists in Newtown and Bristol, Pennsylvania, can provide both expert diagnosis and efficient heel spur treatment, all in one location. Use the online appointment tool or call the closest location to you to arrange your appointment now.

Heel Spurs Q & A

What are heel spurs?

Heel spurs are small bony growths on your heel. Heel spurs usually form a small hook with a super-sharp end. When you've got a heel spur, it can be painful to walk or even just to stand upright. Many heel spur sufferers find it especially painful to go barefoot because there's almost no padding between the bony growth and the floor.

Why do heel spurs happen?

Heel spurs develop when calcium deposits build up on your heel. It's usually a slow process, with the calcium buildup continuing until the growth extends out from your heel considerably.

The exact reason for the calcium deposit buildup isn't always known, but it's often connected to other conditions or injuries such as:

  • Sports injuries
  • Arthritis or other inflammatory diseases
  • Plantar fasciitis
  • Tendonitis

When your body builds up calcium deposits, it's trying to heal damage but simply goes too far.

How are plantar fasciitis and heel spurs connected?

Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are often connected, and they also tend to have the same symptoms. Although heel spurs aren't a cause of plantar fasciitis, it's quite common for plantar fasciitis sufferers to develop heel spurs as well. Your podiatrist can determine whether you have heel spurs, plantar fasciitis, or both so that you can start an effective treatment plan.

How are heel spurs diagnosed?

Heel spur diagnosis starts with a discussion of your symptoms. Your podiatrist does a gentle hands-on examination of your heel and foot. Often, your podiatrist uses X-rays (available on site at the Newtown location) to see the heel spurs in detail before determining which treatments to pursue.

What is the treatment for heel spurs?

Treatment depends on your symptoms, needs, and preferences. At Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists, treatments can include:

  • Orthotics, including custom orthotics and VionicĀ® orthotic sandals
  • Physical therapy
  • EPAT
  • Prescription medication for short-term relief

You'll work together with your Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists to find the treatment that works best for you.

Do your heel spurs hurt? Reach out to the podiatry experts at Newtown Foot and Ankle Specialists for help. Book online or via phone today.