Lindsey Ebbs Podiatry - Podiatry Insights

Is a heel spur the cause of your pain?

Perhaps you have been told by a friend, a concerned family member, or a health professional that you have a heel spur but they can only be guessing!

Only an X-Ray can determine if a heel spur is truly present, and even if a spur is identified, it is not a given that the spur is causing the ongoing pain in your heel.

There are many types of heel pain, meaning there are numerous underlying causes, and this is why it’s important to see a Podiatrist if you have any sort of heel pain and discomfort, because at Lindsey Ebbs Podiatry that is exactly what we do, day in, day out, we fix heel pain problems.

If you randomly stopped a hundred people in the street and x-rayed their feet, you would find a large percentage would have a heel spur and didn’t even know it existed. So, the existence of a heel spur does not always mean you will have heel pain.

A Heel Spur should really be called a traction spur, because it develops in the same direction that the muscles pull away from the heel bone.

On the bottom of the foot there is the Plantar Fascia (see image below), which attaches itself to the underside of the heel bone. When the Plantar Fascia tears away from its attachment to the heel bone, it creates micro-bleeds in the area, and over time the location of these micro-bleeds ossifies and becomes hard and eventually develops into a spur, however a spur will not develop in a week or month, it develops over many years, and usually there have been multiple injuries, or tears to the heel area before this happens.

Quite a few patients tell us they’ve had sore heels off and on for many years, and they’ve just put up with the pain because it never got too bad, and it is usually these patients that develop heel spurs.

So yes, it’s true, heel spurs do exist, and they are common, and a lot of people with sore heels may have a heel spur, but rarely…...it is the heel spur that is causing the heel pain.

Some foot-types are also more prone to heel pain and heel spurring than others, and some sporting activities place enormous force on the heels, so all this, and a person’s footwear, need to be taken into account when diagnosing a heel pain problem.

More often than not, when a person has heel pain, they will notice it first thing in the morning when getting out of bed, or upon rising if they’ve been seated for some time. The pain can be quite intense, however once they get mobile and warmed up the pain tends to be reduced.

Muscle tears on the bottom of your foot are a common cause of heel pain; however, it is not the only cause. This is why it is important to see somebody that is specifically trained in diagnosing and treating foot conditions.

You wouldn’t go to the Optometrist to have a tooth pulled out, so why would you take your feet anywhere else other than a Podiatrist

Have a look at our “find your foot pain” locator on the website and see if your heel pain matches any of the heel pain causes listed? Link below:

https://footcheck.yourfootpain.co.uk/

The Foothub Whitby
3, Byland Road
Whitby
YO21 1JH

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