Heel Pain & Heel Spurs: Comprehensive Treatment

What are Heel Pain & Heel Spurs?

At Sole Focus Foot and Ankle, Dr. Dalal specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of heel pain and heel spurs, two closely related yet distinct foot conditions that are common among patients.

Heel Pain:

Heel pain typically manifests as discomfort in the heel area, which can range from a sharp pain to a dull ache. The most prevalent cause of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia—a fibrous tissue band connecting the heel to the toes. Other causes might include Achilles tendinitis, heel pad atrophy, or stress fractures, making comprehensive diagnosis crucial.

Heel Spurs:

Heel spurs are calcified growths on the underside of the heel bone. They often develop from chronic muscle and ligament strain, excessive stretching of the plantar fascia, or continuous tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone. While not always painful, heel spurs can exacerbate discomfort in the heel, particularly during activities.

Signs and Symptoms of Heel Pain & Heel Spurs:

Patients experiencing heel pain and/or heel spurs may notice:

  • Sharp Pain: Intense, localized pain in the heel, especially noticeable during the first steps in the morning.
  • Dull Ache or Tenderness: Persistent discomfort throughout the day.
  • Swelling and Redness: Visible signs of inflammation in the heel.
  • Stiffness: Reduced flexibility in the heel, affecting walking and standing.
  • Tingling or Burning Sensation: Often indicates nerve involvement.
  • Painful Bumps: Specifically associated with heel spurs.

Effective Treatments for Heel Pain & Heel Spurs:

Dr. Dalal and our team at Sole Focus Foot and Ankle in Marlton, new Jersey, offer a wide range of treatment options tailored to each individual’s condition and severity, including:

  • Conservative Measures: Such as over-the-counter pain relievers, ice application, rest, and activity modifications.
  • Rehabilitative Exercises: Stretching and strengthening exercises to alleviate tension in the plantar fascia.
  • Orthotic Devices and Night Splints: To provide support and reduce strain during movement or rest.
  • Advanced Therapies: Corticosteroid injections for inflammation and extracorporeal shock wave therapy to stimulate healing.
  • Surgical Interventions: Considered for persistent cases where conservative treatments have failed.

Personalized Care for Optimal Recovery:

Dr. Dalal and our staff recognize that every patient’s experience with heel pain and/or heel spurs is unique. That’s why we’re dedicated to crafting a personalized treatment plan tailored specifically to your needs and circumstances.

What are some treatments for Heel Pain & Heel Spurs?

Treatments for heel pain and heel spurs include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Ice application
  • Rest and activity modification
  • Stretching exercises
  • Physical therapy
  • Orthotic devices
  • Night splints
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Extracorporeal shock wave therapy
  • Surgery (in rare cases)
  • Weight management