So what exactly is a heel spur? A heel spur is a bony growth from the calcaneus, the underside of the front part of the heel bone. The growth looks like a hook. Again, there may or may not be pain associated with a heel spur. People who are not experiencing heel pain often discover by accident they have a heel spur. For example, an individual may have broken their foot, get an x-ray, and there on the x-ray is a heel spur!
So remember this: Not all patients who have plantar fasciitis have heels spurs, and not all patients who have heel spurs have plantar fasciitis. Make sense? There will be a test later!
However, if a patient is experiencing pain associated with a heel spur, the treatment is the same as plantar fasciitis. Rest, cryotherapy, nighttime stretching splints, insoles, and anti-inflammatory medication can be used to treat heel pain.
If you or a loved one are experiencing heel pain or are looking for a podiatrist in the Bradenton-Sarasota area,please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.