What are heel spurs ? Heel spurs are bony outgrowths from the bottom of the heel bone. Usually heel spurs form on the bottom of the heel where the plantar fascia attaches to the bone.  Symptoms of plantar fasccitis and heel spurs are almost identical as are the causes of both of theses problems. Treatments for heel spurs are very similiar to treatments for Plantar Fasciitis. In the majority of cases conservative treatment is effective in the solution of the problem. In most cases custom made orthopaedic insoles remedy the problem and there is rarely a need for cortisone injections or surgery.  

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Frequently modification of activity, change of shoes, stretching and custom made orthopedic insoles is all that is required to resolve a chronic problem. In cases that resist conservative therapy there is the option of cortisone injections, night splints and physical therapy.  Surgery is the last option when all other treatments have failed. When surgery is necessary it can be done with a minimally invasive procedure (KobyGard) done through a very small incision.  With my clinical experience I find that only 1 in 100 of my patients require surgery for this problem. We employ the KobyGard system for surgery related to Plantar Fasciitis.  This system is designed to allow surgeons to safely isolate and cut the transverse metatarsal ligament or plantar fascia through a single small incision. KobyGard allows a precise, predetermined cut of the ligament or fascia to be made regardless of thickness while protecting the surrounding tissue from damage. Read more about KobyGard.

In general walking bare foot should be avoided. At home a good support sandal could be worn. It is very important to wear good shoes which absorb shock and protect the feet adequately. Old worn out shoes, flip-flops and cheap sandals can worsen the condition. I always prefer to try good shoes and Orthotics (Orthopaedic Insoles) before considering cortisone injections and surgery. Early diagnosis and treatment is always the key to success for this problem. Consult us for diligent patient focused care.

A frequent cause of heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs. Patients in my practice mistakenly sometimes call it Planters Fasciitis. It is one of the most common foot conditions among my patients. The Plantar Fascia is a very long ligament that attaches to the bottom of the heel bone. This ligament is the principal support for the arch of the foot. It acts like a rubber band which prevents the arch from collapsing under the impact of our weight while walking or running. Heel spurs also can cause persistent heel pain as well.

Heel pain is a common symptom that has many possible causes. Although heel pain sometimes is caused by a systemic (body-wide) illness, such as rheumatoid arthritis or gout, it usually is a local condition that affects only the foot. The most common local causes of heel pain include: Read More :Harvard Medical School Publishing Heel Pain

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Don't let Plantar Fasciitis or Heel Spurs slow you down. We have treatments that are effective and pain free.  We have been treating this condition for over 20 years now and rarely have any patients that require surgery. Consulting early is very important as a proper diagnosis leads to a successful prognostic. If treated early most cases resolve rapidly with conservative treatments and that means less time away from the activities you love. Consult our team of professionals as resolving heel pain issues is our specialty.


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