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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Heel Spur (Overview)

A true heel spur is the projection of bone from the main body of the calcaneous (heel bone).


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What causes heel spurs?

What causes heel spurs?

Wolff's Law...: Paraphrased, bone grows in relation to stress. When an abnormal "pull" is placed on the bone, it will grow in that direction over time. After enough time, a "heel spur" can be visualized. It's more the sign of a chronic condition that the source of the pain. ...Read more

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Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Heel Spur (Overview)

A true heel spur is the projection of bone from the main body of the calcaneous (heel bone).


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If I have pain on the bottom of my heel, can that be the result of a heel spur?

If I have pain on the bottom of my heel, can that be the result of a heel spur?

Plantar fasciitis is: More likely. Spurs are the calcification of the attachment of the plantar fascia to the heel. And cause pain maybe 1% of the time. You can have a large spur with no pain or a great deal of pain without any spur. ...Read more

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Managing Bone Spurs (Checklist)

Wear comfortable shoes
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Use heel cushions
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Ask your podiatrist if you'd benefit from prescription orthotics
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Ask your podiatrist about steroid injections
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What are the different ways to treat heel spurs?

First of all,: Most of the time, spurs are not what us painful. Rather it is plantar fasciitis. Treatment usually starts with a combination of orthotics, icing, stretching, night splints and oral or injectable medication. Surgery is infrequently done and shouldn't be a first line treatment. ...Read more

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My heel has become painful and I am having pain. I'm guessing it's a heel spur. Please advise how i can treat this and will it get better?

Heel spurs don't : Hurt. Millions of people have them and don't know it. There are many causes for heel pain, with plantar fasciitis being the most common. It's important you get diagnosed properly before you attempt any treatment. See a podiatrist, get an x-ray, and only then will any treatment be effective. It's ill-advised to take guesses or spend money on inserts without first knowing what's causing your pain. ...Read more

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How are heel spurs treated?

Don't treat them: Heel spurs don't hurt. They are a byproduct of plantar fasciitis. If you reduce the inflammation of the fascia with support, antiinflammatories, stretching, icing, etc and continue to support with good shoes and possibly orthotics, there is little need to do anything to the spur. If all else fails, they can be removed, but it is the cutting of the attached plantar fascia that helps the pain. ...Read more

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Does anybody know a good treatment for heel spurs at home?

OTC arch supports: you can try the thick gel heel pads but you will probably do better with an otc arch support- in sporting good stores- not drug stores. If not successful, you may need a cortisone injections or custom orthotics. Don't waste time with frozen rollers, or other gadgets- they do nothing. ...Read more

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How do you cure heel spur?

No cure: There's not a "cure" for heel spurs but treatments to decrease the swelling and pain around the spur. Typically a heel spur is the sign for plantar fasciitis. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of heel spurs?

Surgery: The only way to get rid of a spur is surgery but most heel pain can be handled with out surgery. ...Read more