Heel Pain / Spurs Calcaneal Spur

Heel pain can be described as an irritation of the ligament running along the bottom of the foot and attaching to the heel,sometimes disabling, can occur in the front, back, or bottom of the heel. Heel pain is generally the result of faulty biomechanics (walking gait abnormalities) that place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissues that attach to it. The stress may also result from injury, or a bruise incurred while walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces; wearing poorly constructed footwear; or being overweight. A heel spur is a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. On an X-ray, a heel spur protrusion can extend forward by as much as a half-inch. Without visible X-ray evidence, the condition is sometimes known as “heel spur syndrome.” The heel pain associated with heel spurs and plantar fasciitis may not respond well to rest. If you walk after a night’s sleep, the pain may feel worse as the plantar fascia suddenly elongates, which stretches and pulls on the heel.

Heel Pain Treatment & Relief:

If you have heel pain that persists for more than one month, consult a podiatrist. He or she may recommend conservative treatments such as: stretching exercises and physical therapy, A podiatrist can also evaluate arch and heel pain and may prescribe customized shoe inserts called orthoses to aid in heel pain treatment. A variety of heel cushions and pads may also be recommended. Wearing cushioned shoes with an elevated heel may decrease pressure and alleviate some pain and provide heel pain relief. Dr. Hurless highly recommends the 3/4 length Powerstep supports to his patients and customers. He finds that many patients find this as an affordable solution to custom orthotics.

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