23 Jan Getting Rid of Heel Spurs
It’s said that one in ten people have a heel spur, making it one of the most common foot conditions you could develop. What is a heel spur? It’s a bony protrusion that grows along the base of your heel bone. Not all cases of heel spurs will result in pain and discomfort, but for those who do experience those symptoms, it can be especially difficult and even debilitating. If left untreated, it can leave you with chronic pain and the need for surgery.
Where Does It Come From?
For those who don’t know, heel spurs are extra calcium deposits that settle on the base of your heel. Heel spurs are a wear and tear condition, meaning it develops over time. They form gradually the more stress gets added to your foot.
This problem doesn’t typically show up for those who like gentle workouts, like yoga or bike riding. Runners, joggers, professional athletes, seniors, and those who stand on their feet for the majority of the day are the ones who normally get this diagnosis. But if you wear ill-fitting shoes or are overweight, you are at a higher risk, as well.
Say Goodbye to Pain
The good news is, easy recovery from a heel spur is possible! With the help of a podiatrist, you can kick this condition to the curb. Here are some of the top ways you can do so:
- Buying well-fitting shoes with good arch support
- Running on soft surfaces
- Attending physical therapy
- Using shoe inserts or custom orthotics
- Stretching your feet, especially before bed
- Applying R.I.C.E. (rest, ice, compression, and elevation)
Here at Alta Ridge Foot Specialists, we care deeply about our patients. Dr. W. Aaron Broyles, Dr. Robert L. Van Brederode, Dr. Thomas Verla, and the rest of our staff at our Mars Hill, Spruce Pine, and Boone, NC, offices are here to help you with any of your foot concerns. To make an appointment, contact us at one of our three locations today.