Heel Spurs are a condition that’s hard to ignore due to the lingering pain they cause. Our podiatrists, Jeffrey S. Kahn, D.P.M., Richard E. Ehle, D.P.M., Craig M. Kaufman, D.P.M. and Ayman M. Latif, D.P.M., have the required experience and successful treatments to help you with the condition. We can be reached at the Connecticut Foot Care Centers, LLC, located in Rocky Hill (860) 563-1200, Bristol (860) 582-0747, Middletown (860) 346-5226, Glastonbury (860) 633-6749, Newington (860) 666-2078 and Kensington (860) 828-9455, Connecticut. We also have a Patient Education section which you can use to learn more about this and many other foot complications.
Heel Spurs are small areas of calcifications that begin at the bottom of the heel. The severity of the heel pain it causes is at its worst when someone first gets out of their bed in the morning. This happens because the soft tissue eases during sleep and when pressure is suddenly applied to the heel after waking up in the morning, swelling starts right away. If left untreated, heel spurs can become very painful. It is therefore imperative that heel spurs are treated with care at their onset.
Preventative measures include getting plenty of rest by reducing high intensity activities so as to limit stress placed on the heels, using ice packs to reduce swelling, utilizing heel orthotics or other support devices that absorb shock or provide a soft padding for the heel, elevation for reducing inflammation, use of orthotics to redistribute pressures away from the heel when walking, wearing proper foot wear and undergoing physical therapy to assist with alleviating the pain caused by this condition and to assist with the recovery process.
Treatment options include losing weight or getting ultrasound services on the heel to reduce the pain caused by this condition. Stretching of the calves is particularly helpful with decreasing muscle stiffness in the heel. Surgery may however be required if the above methods of treatment do not improve within a year. More importantly, please contact our offices if you believe that your heels are experiencing pain so that we can diagnose the presence of heel spurs and provide you with the best treatment plan to reduce your heel pain now!