Heel Spur Causing Heel Pain

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Heel Spur Causing Heel Pain


A heel spur is a bony growth that forms under the heel bone, and it can cause sharp or nagging pain and inflammation in the heel and its surrounding areas. Heel spurs are often caused by overuse, wrong shoes, improper foot mechanics, and certain medical conditions such as plantar fasciitis.

Heel pain from a heel spur is typically felt in the bottom of the heel and can be accompanied by:

  • Sharp pain when standing or walking
  • Pain that is worse in the morning or after prolonged sitting
  • swelling or redness in the heel
  • bony protrusion that can be felt or seen on the heel

Treatment for heel pain from a heel spur may include:

  • Rest and ice: Applying ice to the affected area can help reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Stretching and exercises: Stretching the calf muscles and Achilles tendon and doing exercises to strengthen the muscles in the foot and leg can help improve flexibility and reduce stress on the heel.
  • Orthotics: Customised shoe insoles can help correct any improper foot mechanics that may be contributing to the heel spur.
  • Medications: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Physiotherapy: A physiotherapist can treat this using Laser, Ultrasound and Radial Shockwave therapy and exercises to improve strength, flexibility, and range of motion.
  • Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be recommended to remove the spur, but it is usually considered as a last resort.

 It is important to consult with a healthcare professional to determine the underlying cause of heel pain and the appropriate course of treatment. Additionally, some lifestyle modifications such as switching to shoes with a cushioned heel, avoiding high-impact activities, and incorporating low-impact exercises like swimming, cycling or yoga can also be beneficial in managing heel pain from heel spur.

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