Podiatry Foundation of Pittsburgh
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Podiatry Foundation of Pittsburgh
c/o Nigro Ankle and Foot Care
1601 Union Ave. Suite B
Natrona Heights PA 15065

Heel Spurs

What are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are bony growths on the underside of the heel bone. They occur when the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot pulls at its attachment to the heel bone. When this happens, the area may calcify and form a spur. Some heel spurs are painless, while others cause chronic heel pain that may require medical treatment or surgery.

Some causes of heel spurs are an imbalanced gait, injuries, worn shoes and obesity. A painful heel may be the result of a more serious condition, such as gout, arthritis or tumors, and should be diagnosed and treated by a medical professional.

Dealing With Heel Spurs

Warming up before exercising and wearing appropriate shoes may help to reduce ligament strain; however, heel spur sufferers may need to make an appointment with a podiatric surgeon to discuss treatment options. These include:

  • Self Care
  • Medications
  • Therapy
  • Custom shoe inserts
  • Surgery