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Heel Spur

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Chronic Heel Pain May be a Heel Spur

If you have a chronic pain on the bottom of your heel, it is possible that you have a heel spur. This frustrating condition often occurs to athletes that perform high impact activities, or when excessive weight is consistently applied on the feet. Pinpointing a spur often requires an X-ray, and either non-invasive or invasive procedures to dissolve this growth.

What Are Heel Spurs?

A heel spur is actually a growth occurring on the bottom of your heel. As an excessive buildup of calcium, this deposit grows long as it directs its growth toward the toes. When you place weight on your heel, it may respond with a painful prick and slowly dull to an ache later in the day. If this condition occurs almost daily, you should contact a specialized doctor at Heel Pain Center of Atlanta, a specialty center of American Foot and Leg Specialists.

Common Causes

Aside from athletic activity and excess weight, you can contract heel spurs by wearing poorly fitting shoes or standing all day without proper shoe support. Diabetes and foot ailments also create high-risk factors for other people. You may not know that you have a heel spur until it is truly painful, making your treatment options more limited if the deposit is excessively large.

Treatment Options

The Heel Pain Center of Atlanta offers several treatment options for heel spurs. Because most heel spurs are associated with plantar fasciitis, or an inflammation of the plantar fascia within the foot, our doctors often treat this condition to reduce pain from spurs.

One of the initial options recommended for treatment, Platelet Rich Plasma, or PRP, allows natural blood platelets to heal the surrounding soft tissue to reduce the inflammation around the spur. MLS Laser Therapy also contributes to healing processes, making the inflammation die down to reduce pain. Simple stretching and medications can also reduce inflammation, making your spur feel like it is completely gone. Using non-invasive measures to control heel pain prevents the need for a full surgery to remove the spur.

Contact the Heel Pain Center of Atlanta  for your heel spur solutions today. They will evaluate and form a solution plan to alleviate your pain. To help reduce the potential for the condition to worsen, wear properly fitting shoes with good arch support to reduce pain or more spur growth. Losing weight through diet and exercise also improves your condition in the long term, removing the pressure of excess weight from your feet. Do not suffer silently with your pain. There is a solution for your condition to improve your quality of life. Walking and jogging should be a joy, not a frustrating experience.