What Is Heel Spur (Plantar Fasciitis)?

Plantar Fasciitis is a foot condition that occurs when the band of tissue (the plantar fascia) that supports the arch of the foot becomes inflamed. A heel spur is a bony growth (A calcium deposit) that forms around the heel bone. It is a result of a tendon, ligament, or fascia pulling on bone causing the bone to grow in the direction of pull. Heel spurs are usually found on the back of the heel or under the sole (plantar heel spur).

A heel spur is a painful condition and you should visit an experienced NYC podiatrist for evaluation and an accurate diagnosis. Dr. Sophia Solomon is a leading foot and ankle surgeon in New York. She can diagnose your foot issue and recommend an appropriate treatment based on your lifestyle.

Causes and Symptoms

The most common causes of heel spurs include walking, jumping, or running on hard surfaces, poor walking posture, obesity, wearing footwear with no arch support, wearing ill-fitting shoes, etc. However, heel spurs don’t appear suddenly after physical activity or workout. They develop over time. The risk factors associated with Plantar Fasciitis include diabetes, having flat feet, physical exertion without warming up, advanced age, etc. Here are some of the common symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis or heel spurs:

  • Pain on the bottom of your heel or in the arch of your foot.

  • A hard bump under the skin that becomes irritated in certain shoes.

  • Heel pain that flares up with strenuous activities.

  • Swelling around your heel bone.

Diagnosis and Treatment

If you are experiencing heel pain, you should immediately see a heel pain doctor in New York City for an accurate diagnosis. The condition may worsen if you ignore the early symptoms of a heel spur. Dr. Sophia Solomon considers various factors when diagnosing heel spurs or Plantar Fasciitis. These include the overall health of the patient, pain level, genetic disposition, etc. You should share all the details like when the pain first started, how severe it is, etc. with your foot doctor during your examination. She may also order X-rays or MRIs to diagnose your foot issue.

Heel pain caused by heel spurs or Plantar Fasciitis doesn’t decrease with rest. Depending on the severity of the symptoms, your NYC podiatrist may recommend treatments like custom-made orthotics, cortisone injections, anti-inflammatory medications, etc. Other treatment options include foot stretching exercises, shoe modifications, physical therapy, etc.

You might require a surgical procedure if non-surgical treatments fail to alleviate your heel pain. The good news is that the success rate for heel spur surgery is more than 90%. Your NYC podiatrist may recommend heel spur surgery if conservative solutions do not produce results after a period of 6-12 months. The most common surgical procedures for heel pain include surgical removal of the bone spur and the surgical release of the band of the plantar fascia. Please visit Dr. Sophia Solomon to discuss your treatment options.