Heel pain may be brought on by a multitude of conditions. Heel spurs are one of them. They often result from an extended bout of plantar fasciitis. The spurs are actually calcium deposits that form at or near the inflamed fascia. Although quite painful, our St. Louis podiatrists are able to treat them in the following ways:
Heel Pain Treatment #1: Rest & Ice
Sometimes spur related heel pain may be reduced with a combination of rest and cold compresses. As such, your St. Louis podiatrist may recommend the use of store bought compresses or homemade ones on a daily or weekly basis.
Heel Pain Treatment #2: Cortisone Injections
If ice and rest doesn’t alleviate the pain, our St. Louis foot doctors may recommend that heel pain sufferers receive a series of cortisone injections. The injections are designed to reduce the swelling around the heel spur. Once the swelling gets under control, the pain is apt to subside at least somewhat.
Heel Pain Treatment #3: Exercises
In addition to the first two heel pain treatments, our St. Louis foot specialists will typically prescribe an exercise routine as well. The exercises usually involve mild stretching of the fascia and calf muscle. However, the routine may also include strengthening exercises like towel curls.
Heel Pain Treatment #4: Night Splints & Orthotics
Night splints, orthotic devices, custom footwear, padding and other similar items may be incorporated into a heel spur sufferer’s treatment too. They are designed to alleviate pressure on the spur, which should help to reduce inflammation and heel pain.
Heel Pain Treatment #5: Surgery
If all else fails, your podiatrist may decide to remove the heel spur surgically. The surgery generally involves removing the calcium deposit and cutting the surrounding ligaments. Therefore, there may be a substantial amount of recovery time involved. It is also not uncommon for the patient to experience post-surgical pain. The post-surgical pain is sometimes treated with medication, physical therapy and orthotics.
To learn more about these heel spur treatments and others, please contact our St. Louis foot clinic.