Give Heel Spurs the Boot


Heel spurs are stubborn and not comfortable for your feet at all. They are actually pointy and thin expansions of the heel bone. They happen because of inflammation at the heel and can be found at the rear or base of the heel (Achilles tendon) or under the sole of the foot (plantar fascia).

The pain from heel spurs can get worse when putting pressure on the heel and may be related to other disorders such as arthritis. Yet, it is important to know that heel spurs may not cause symptoms at the start. If there are no symptoms at first but you feel that something may be wrong, you may need to have a podiatrist examine your heels and confirm that you have heel spurs. If you have a feeling that you may be forming a heel spur, you should obtain treatment as soon as possible for the best possible scenario for your foot health.

Heel spur pain management:

  • Get a lot of rest to prevent heel pain and allow for healing.
  • Use ice packs to lessen discomfort and inflammation.
  • Take anti-inflammatories to reduce swelling.
  • Wear shoes that fit properly and which will help to reduce swelling and prevent stress on the heel. Shoes should be soft and cushioned at the heel to stop irritation of inflamed muscles caused by heel spurs.
  • Physical therapy can be helpful in upholding mobility of the foot and ankle.
  • Orthotics can also be used to decrease pressure off plantar spurs.

At Performance Foot & Ankle Specialists, LLC, located in Waterbury 203-755-0489 & Newtown 203-270-6724, Connecticut, our podiatrist, Dr. Joel S. Segalman, DPM, can help to fight off your heel spurs so that you don’t have to endure the pain they cause any longer! Therefore, please call our office at any of the two numbers listed above today!