Heel Spurs Specialist

Hoosier Foot & Ankle

Podiatrists & Foot & Ankle Surgeons located in Carmel, Fishers, Franklin, Greenwood, Indianapolis, and Zionsville, IN

Bone spurs are outgrowths of bone that most commonly occur in the heels of your feet. Because heel spurs are known for being unbearably painful, you need to meet with a dedicated podiatrist at Hoosier Foot & Ankle before your condition worsens. Book your heel spur evaluation at any of the five convenient locations throughout the Greater Indianapolis area either online or over the phone.

Heel Spurs Q & A

What causes heel spurs?

Heel spurs develop along outer edges of bones, usually in areas subjected to the most continuous pressure. They’re the result of calcium deposits that form over time in areas where your bones try to protect themselves against pressure from running, jumping, or other activities that put constant strain on your bones.

While athletes most commonly struggle with pain from heel spurs, they can certainly affect anyone at any point in life. You may develop heel spurs because of:

  • Standing on your feet all day for work
  • Wearing snug or tight-fitting shoes
  • A family history of bone spurs
  • Bone damage from osteoarthritis

While heel spurs don’t always cause symptoms, once they do, you’re probably going to feel discomfort.

How do I know if I have heel spurs?

Typically, the leading sign that you have a heel spur is pain along the bottom of your heel or arch. Because the protruding bone can start rubbing up against soft tissues in your foot, it’s common to experience:

  • Swelling or inflammation
  • Tenderness or sharp pain
  • Pain after (not during) exercise
  • Difficulty bearing weight on the affected foot

Heel spurs are found in about half of plantar fasciitis cases. So if you have plantar fasciitis, heel spurs could be the cause.

Is there treatment for heel spurs?

Yes. The focus of heel spur treatment at Hoosier Foot & Ankle is to help support your feet and take pressure off your heels. Getting fitted for custom orthotic inserts is one of the best ways to resolve heel spur pain. Your heel spur treatment could also include:

  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Specialized stretches
  • Supportive footwear

Your dedicated podiatry team at Hoosier Foot & Ankle also spends time teaching you stretches and exercises that can decrease inflammation. They stress the importance of warming up before exercise and cooling down after exercise, to minimize heel spur inflammation.

If your condition worsens or if you’re not getting any better after several months of trying conservative therapies, the team could recommend surgery. Heel spur surgery involves removing the affected portion of your bone or repairing damaged tissues — sometimes both.

Schedule your heel spur evaluation and get started on treatment today at Hoosier Foot & Ankle. Click on the online booking feature, or call your closest clinic to schedule.

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