Don’t brush off nagging heel pain or mistake it for issues with your shoes. If you’ve been experiencing heel pain for some time, there’s a strong possibility that it’s caused by heel spurs. Not to worry, because you can rely on the board-certified and fellowship-trained orthopedic specialists at Premier Bone & Joint Centers in Gillette, Wyoming, to provide you with the necessary diagnosis and treatment.
What Are Heel Spurs?
A heel spur—also called a calcaneal spur—is an outgrowth of calcium that builds up on the bottom of the heel over time. The calcium buildup is usually caused by repeated stress of the heel, which can occur from too much walking and running, wearing poorly fitted or worn-out shoes, excessive body weight, or arthritis. Heel spurs can also grow for those who are living with diabetes, spend most of the day on their feet, or have flat feet or high arches.
Get the Right Treatment
The only way to know for sure that you’ve developed heel spurs is to receive an X-ray. Premier Bone & Joint Centers will first start with a physical examination to rule out other conditions that may be affecting your heel. From there, we can order an X-ray to determine if you do indeed have heel spurs.
In many cases, we will prescribe anti-inflammatory medications and possibly even injections for the pain. Pairing these noninvasive treatments with lifestyle changes such as physical therapy, stretching, and resting your feet can also go a long way toward relief. In severe circumstances, our highly experienced surgeons can perform surgery to remove the spurs.
If you suspect you’re suffering from heel spurs, schedule an appointment at our satellite clinic in Gillette, WY. You’ll be in the trusted hands of Premier Bone & Joint Centers’ board-certified and fellowship-trained doctors.