Philadelphia Podiatry Associates
Podiatrists located in Philadelphia, PA
Dr. David Geltzer and Dr. Neil Rapoport at Philadelphia Podiatry Associates help many patients from in and around Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who suffer from heel spurs. This condition causes heel pain, which can lead to mobility issues. Call or schedule a consultation online today for effective care.
Heel Spur Q & A
What is a heel spur?
A heel spur is an extra shelf of bone that develops on the heel bone. Heel spurs typically build up over time, usually as a reaction to inflammation in the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that extends along the bottom of your foot. Although anyone can develop heel spurs, they’re more common in athletes who spend a lot of time running and jumping. Heels spurs are also a common complication of plantar fasciitis.
What is plantar fasciitis?
Plantar fasciitis is a painful podiatric condition caused by tightness and inflammation in the connective tissue on the bottom of your foot. Plantar fasciitis is characterized by a sharp, stabbing pain in the heel that is typically worse first thing in the morning or after long periods of inactivity. The pain usually subsides after a short period of gentle activity.
If you experience plantar fasciitis, stretching and massage can help to alleviate your symptoms. The condition is often linked to tightness in the calves and Achilles’ tendon, so taking extra care to stretch and using a foam roller on your lower legs can also help. Dr. Geltzer and Dr. Rapoport may also suggest anti-inflammatory medications and the RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) method. In some cases, you may benefit from cortisone injections if other treatments aren’t effective. Custom orthotics also provide effective relief for many sufferers of plantar fasciitis.
How are heel spurs treated?
Dr. Geltzer and Dr. Rapoport use Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT) to treat pain caused by heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. This non-surgical treatment uses acoustic energy waves to cause microtrauma in the tissue in your foot. Your body responds to the microtrauma by stimulating a healing response that floods the area with blood, oxygen, and nutrients to repair the damaged tissue.
What can I do to prevent heel spurs?
You should make sure to wear supportive footwear, especially for athletic activities and anytime you will have to spend long periods of time standing or walking. You should also make sure to stretch out your legs and feet following any intense physical activity, like running or jumping.