A heel spur is a point that develops at the bottom of the heel bone. It is a condition that can manifest itself in pain and one of the causes of its appearance is related to the way we walk.
We can prevent the appearance of the calcaneal spur, there are treatments and you should also know that currently it can be solved by arriving at the operating room. There is often confusion between a heel spur and another problem that affects the feet, it is plantar fasciitis. They are two different conditions, however one of them is usually a consequence of the other.
Plantar fasciitis is a pain that is generated in the muscle along the sole of the foot. If the muscle works poorly, it ends up suffering. The usual movement of that muscle is stretching, but we have a tendency to twist it like a towel that needs to be wrung out.
That bad movement makes the muscle work harder and pulls on the heel bone or calcaneal bone. The bone has a way of compensating for the pull of the bad movement by making a toe grow inside it to shorten the distance to the muscle.
The growth is called an heel spur, but it is also known as a rose spur because of its characteristic spike shape.
Why does the heel spur hurt?
The tip that develops from the heel spur traumatizes the tissue around it and therefore hurts. However, according to expert podiatrists, pain occurs in only 80% of cases. The pain usually appears after a long period of rest, especially in the first hours of the morning when we get out of bed.
This is the time for the spur to dig into the tissues, causing acute pain. A few minutes later the pain becomes more bearable because the area heats up.
How to treat a heel spur?
It is advisable to compensate as soon as possible for the causes of the heel spur, otherwise it will grow and then it will be more difficult to eliminate it, at least with conservative methods without going to the operating room.
Since the main cause of the calcaneal spur is plantar fasciitis, the problem that causes the fasciitis in the foot muscle must be solved in order to stop the growth of the first one. That is, by eliminating the bad movement, the foot gets used to the spur that stops growing and does not hurt anymore.
To treat the calcaneal spur condition you can go to both a podiatrist and an orthopedic doctor. Both doctors specialize in diagnosing and recommending appropriate treatment. A podiatrist can recommend an insole as a treatment for heel spurs and also has the advantage of placing the insole himself.
In the case of an orthopedic surgeon, he will advise you to use an insole and will recommend that you visit a podiatrist.
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