The foot is made up of a network of 33 joints and 26 bones and more than a hundred ligaments, tendons and muscles. Of these bones, the heel bone is the largest. It can be affected by outside factors which can have an effect on the way that we stand and walk. Heel pain which can occur at the back, bottom and front of the heel can be severe enough to disable a person suffering from it.
When To Get A Heel Spur Treatment
One of the conditions of the heel that can cause a lot of inconveniences is the development of heel spurs. A heel spur is the growth of calcium deposit on the heel bone. This deposit can become a bony protrusion and may cause a great deal of discomfort and pain when standing or walking.
Bone and heel spurs are a body's response to natural wear and tear. When soft tissues rub against heel spurs, it can be painful, and this includes the Achilles tendon. Movement may be restricted when it occurs. Spurs can also develop in other joints like under the toenail, eventually becoming painful and lead to nail deformation.
Causes of Heel Spurs
Several things can cause heel spurs. Any part of the body that causes to restore itself can become a bone spur. The body's normal response of building an extra bone correcting a flaw results in a heel spur.
Wearing tight shoes is a well-known cause for developing heel spurs. This is why a lot of women experience heel spurs than of men. Overweight people who tend to apply more pressure to the lower extremities, the elderly, and athletes who often put stress to their feet has a higher chance to suffer from heel spurs.
Heel Spur Treatment
We can provide treatment for heel spurs. Assessment is the first part of the treatment so we can determine the amount of damage that the condition has caused initially and decide on the best treatment for you.
There are many ways of treating heel or toe spurs. The first thing that we would do is to determine is which of your activities is causing the pain and decide whether you have to stop it or how you can go on with it without making your condition worse. Here are some of the other treatment methods that we use:
- To reduce the immediate pain and swelling
- Teach you certain exercises that can reduce the symptoms
- If needed we can prescribe some medication
- Design special orthotics to reduce the abnormal movement
- The use of night splints can sometimes help
The use of surgery is an option, but that is rarely needed. Don't put up with the inconvenience caused by heel spurs. Heel Spur treatment in Jackson, TN at Podiatry Clinic of Jackson is handled by caring staff that can get you back on your feet in no time. Fill up our patient form or call us today for more information