Heel Spurs Specialist

Ankle & Foot Specialists

Podiatrists & Foot and Ankle Specialists located in Norwood Park, Chicago, IL

Sharp pain and warmth radiating from your heel could mean that you’ve got a heel spur. This common problem develops when calcium deposits form a small hook on your heel, and it can cause some intense irritation. The skilled podiatrists at Ankle & Foot Specialists, James Elipas, DPM, and John Flanagan, DPM, can help. Visit their convenient office in Chicago, Illinois, for advanced heel spur solutions to get you moving without pain. Call the Norwood Park office or book an appointment online today.

Heel Spurs

What are heel spurs?

Heel spurs are small bony hooks made of calcium deposits. These little growths appear on the underside of your heel, but aren't obvious from the outside. Heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis. Although heel spurs rarely cause pain, plantar fasciitis can cause extreme heel pain. 

What symptoms do heel spurs cause?

If your heel spur causes symptoms, you may experience: 

  • Heel pain when walking, running, or standing
  • Warmth in your heel 
  • Heel swelling

You can't usually see heel spurs with the naked eye. Often, heel spur sufferers first learn that they have the condition when they have X-rays to diagnose another condition. 

What causes heel spurs?

Muscle and ligament strain within your foot, especially that affecting your plantar fascia tendon, is the most common cause of heel spurs. Another common cause is constant tearing away of the membrane around your heel bone. 

All of these things can occur for several different reasons, such as excess weight, biomechanical foot imbalance, regular distance running, or poorly fitting shoes. Many of these causes are controllable, so with the proper changes and professional treatment you can overcome heel spurs and their associated issues.

How do I eliminate heel spurs?

If your heel spurs cause pain or other unpleasant problems, Ankle & Foot Specialists can help. Some of the treatment recommendations may include:

  • Rest 
  • Changing your shoes
  • Wearing custom orthotics
  • Taping or strapping your foot 
  • Prescribed exercises
  • Anti-inflammatory medication

If conservative treatments aren't adequate, you could need surgery to remove the heel spur. If you have plantar fasciitis along with your heel spurs, you may need a surgical procedure called plantar fascia release to relieve heel pain and inflammation. 

How can I prevent heel spurs in the future?

Ankle & Foot Specialists can recommend some changes that can deter heel spur growth, such as wearing appropriate protective gear when exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and warming up before starting any exercise. 

Heel spurs are easily treated with help from Ankle & Foot Specialists, so don't wait to get help for the pain and other uncomfortable symptoms. Call the office or click online booking to make an appointment today.