A heel spur may or may not need treatment, depending on how much it contributes to your foot’s discomfort. They don’t always cause pain. Generally speaking, though, a spur on the heel bone is related to a chronic and painful condition like plantar fasciitis. Conservative treatment that reduces the pressure on the heel and alleviates inflammation can be very helpful for minimizing and eliminating pain.
Shoe changes and orthotics are among the most common treatments. Start wearing footwear with plenty of cushioning under the heel and adequate support through the arch. Orthotics can help provide extra padding and support for the foot. They can also correct any biomechanical issues that may have contributed to the problem. Icing the painful area may reduce inflammation in the soft tissues around the spur. Stretches can help minimize the pressure on the foot as well, which may help the discomfort. Only rarely does a spur need to be removed to deal with the problem. If you have chronic heel pain, let Podiatry Associates, P.C. in Castle Pines, Parker, and Cherry Creek, CO check for heel spurs. Make an appointment through our website or by calling (303) 805-5156.