Heel spurs occur when there is stress and strain on your foot ligaments and tendons. Most people don’t notice heel spurs, and they are not usually visible. However, heel spurs can sometimes cause pain in your heels, making it difficult to walk or do other activities you love.
If you are experiencing heel pain, your doctor will do an exam on your foot. Most commonly, an X-ray is used to help diagnose a heel spur, and an X-ray can show the bony growth on your heel. Your doctor will always consider conservative, nonsurgical methods before considering surgery.
Nonsurgical treatment options can include:
- Resting your heel
- Starting physical therapy
- Taking anti-inflammatory medications
- Using ice
- Using steroid injections
- Wearing footwear to support your arch and cushion your heel
Typically, nonsurgical options will help ease your heel pain, but if these options do not provide adequate relief, surgery may be considered. Your doctor will work with you to determine the best treatment option for you and your needs.
If you have heel pain or think you may have a heel spur, request an appointment online with one of our foot doctors at Appalachian Orthopedics or call (423) 434-6300.