What is a heel spur syndrome?
A heel spur is a calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. Heel spurs are often caused by strains on foot muscles and ligaments, stretching of the plantar fascia, and repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone.
What are the symptoms and possible treatments?
Symptoms of heel spurs may include pain, inflammation, and swelling at the front of your heel. The affected area may also feel warm to the touch. The symptoms may spread to the arch of your foot.
Treatment options for heel spurs can include one or more of the following:
- Cold compresses. Using ice packs after exercising and walking.
- Injections of anti-inflammatory medications. These help to ease both pain and inflammation throughout the heel and arch of the foot.
- Physical therapy exercises and stretching exercises. These can be performed at any time of the day, but stretches can be especially helpful at night before bedtime.
- Rest. It’s especially important to rest the feet after long periods of standing and other activities.
- Orthotic shoe inserts. These can help by providing arch support