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By Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC
December 29, 2017

A heel spur is a small, bony growth that extends from the bottom of the heel bone. It is formed over many months from the deposit of calcium and is often associated with another condition called plantar fasciitis. These conditions are created by excess stress and strain to the tendons and ligaments of the foot and are frequently seen in athletes who do a lot of running and jumping with quick starts and stops. A heel spur may not always be painful, but the protrusion can sometimes extend out a half an inch.

Other contributing factors to developing heel spurs include:

Poorly fitting shoes—Proper arch support is essential to avoiding some of the tendon and ligament stress and damage that can lead to the growth of a heel spur. Always have your feet measured when getting new footwear, and make sure you know your foot type to know what kind of arch support to use. This is also extremely important to address the possible gait abnormalities that can put excessive pressure on the heel.

Aging and weight gain—As you age and possibly put on a few pounds, the flexibility of the plantar fascia lessens and the protective layer of fat on the heel diminishes, increasing the occurrence of heel spurs.

Treatment for heel spurs includes:

Heel spurs will often respond well to conservative measures including properly fitted shoes with extra cushioning in the heel area; physical therapy to increase strength and to relax the inflamed tissue; corticosteroid injections; and custom fitted orthotics for stabilization and additional heel cushioning.

If you are experiencing heel pain, the podiatrists at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, in New York City, NY, are experts in providing the best care for any problems you may be having with your feet and ankles. Sorelis Jimenez, DPM, John W. Fletcher, DPM, and Kamilla Danilova, DPM and the rest of the staff at Foot Health Podiatry, PLLC, are happy to help with any questions or concerns you may have. Check out our Ask The Doctor page for answers to frequently asked questions, and never hesitate to give us a call to talk or make an appointment at 212-845-9991.

 According to podiatrist Christian Ellul, heel pain is one of the most regularly diagnosed foot problems in women. One of the most common forms of heel pain is plantar fasciitis, inflammation of the band of tissue in the sole that extends to the heels. Although plantar fasciitis can be treated with anti-inflammatories, cortisone injections, footwear is also a major issue. Extremely high heels as well as unsupportive footwear such as flip-flops and flats can make heel pain and other related conditions even worse. Podiatrists may recommend wearing arch supportive footwear, stretching exercises, orthotic devices, and other corrective foot aids to aid patients in managing their everyday heel pain.

Anyone can wind up suffering from heel pain. If your heel is hurting, see one of our podiatrists of Foot Health Podiatry. Our doctors will treat your heel pain symptoms in addition to other podiatric-related needs.

Causes of Heel Pain

● Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

● Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

● Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

- Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  

- Wearing non-supportive shoes

- Weight change           

- Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a thing of the past.

With the advancements in technology and greater knowledge of how muscles and joints work, physical therapists can turn things around dramatically.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in New York, NY. We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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