Dealing with bone spurs can be a challenging experience, especially when it comes to your feet. Spurs are small outgrowths of bone that usually form in areas where there is pressure or tension. This is why it’s common to find bone spurs in the heel, near the toes, and on top of the big toe joint. Although in most cases, spurs are not harmful, they can cause friction or irritation from shoes or other foot structures leading to other foot problems.
If you are experiencing heel pain, it could be due to heel spurs. Heel spurs are growths of bone on the underside, forepart of the heel bone. They occur when the plantar fibrous band pulls at its attachment to the heel bone. This area of the heel later calcifies to form a spur. This condition can be excruciating, making it difficult to walk or stand for long periods of time.
At times, proper warm-up and the use of appropriate athletic shoes can help reduce the strain to the ligament. However, if the pain persists, it’s time to seek medical attention. Dr Gilbert Huang DPM is an experienced podiatrist who can help diagnose and treat your heel spurs. Dr Huang will assess the severity of the bone spur and recommend the best treatment plan accordingly.
There are different treatment options available for spurs. Anti-inflammatory medications and cortisone injections can help alleviate pain and inflammation, allowing you to walk and stand comfortably. Corrective shoes and/or orthotics are also helpful in supporting your feet and reducing the pressure on the heel bone.
Surgery may be recommended if spurring around the joint becomes severe or leads to recurrent pain from persistent corns. In such cases, Dr Huang may recommend surgery to remove the spur. This will help reduce the risk of more severe complications that can result from untreated bone spurs.
If you have bone spurs, whether a heel spur or other types of spurs, it’s essential to seek medical attention. Bone spurs, if left untreated, can lead to other foot problems that can impact your daily life. Contact Dr Gilbert Huang DPM to schedule an appointment today. Don’t let bone spurs slow you down!