Topic of the day: heel spur pain

A heel spur is a bony growth that forms on the heel bone, usually as a result of excessive stress or strain on the heel. Heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, a common condition that causes pain and inflammation in the plantar fascia, the thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot.

The most common symptom of a heel spur is pain in the heel, particularly when standing or walking. The pain can be dull or sharp and may be worse in the morning or after sitting for a long period of time. Heel spurs can also cause inflammation and swelling in the heel.

Heel spurs can be caused by a number of factors, including:

  • Overuse or repetitive stress from activities such as running or walking
  • Being overweight or obese
  • Having high arches or flat feet
  • Wearing shoes with poor arch support or worn-out soles
  • Having a tight Achilles tendon

Treatment for heel spurs usually starts with conservative measures such as rest, ice, and physical therapy. Stretching exercises, orthotics, and shoe inserts can also be helpful. In some cases, a night splint worn while sleeping can help to stretch the plantar fascia and alleviate pain. In more severe cases, a corticosteroid injection or extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT) may be used to reduce inflammation. Surgery is a very rare option and is recommended only if other treatments have failed.

It’s important to see a medical professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan as heel pain can be caused by other conditions as well.

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