Waking up in the morning should be something we all look forward to. But for some of us, just the thought of our first steps out of bed could make us quiver. If you experience a sharp, stabbing sensation in your heels with each step you take, you might have heel spurs.
What are Heel Spurs?
A heel spur is a calcium deposit that has formed on the underside of the heel bone which causes a bony and painful protrusion. Heel spurs can form over weeks, months or even years and can go undetected until their pointed and calcified hook begins to stab the fatty tissue of your heel when you walk.
Are You at Risk?
Heel spurs are caused by a number of different reasons. If you say “yes” to more than one of the following things on this list, there is a good chance you are at risk for developing heel spurs in your future:
- Have a walking abnormality that places excessive stress on the heel bone
- Run or jog on hard surfaces
- Wear high heels or poorly fitting shoes that lack arch support
- Currently overweight
- Have diabetes
- Spend most of your day on your feet
- Have either flat feet or high arches
- You are over 45 years of age
Treatment and Prevention
A majority of patients suffering from heel spurs and heel pain in general, respond favorably to conservative treatment such as stretching exercises, anti-inflammatories, supportive braces & shoe inserts (orthotics), physical therapy, and cortisone injections.
Persistent pain can be addressed with additional devices like night splints, walking boots, and total non-weight bearing. Additionally, Da Vinci Foot & Ankle is the only medical practice between Atlanta and Augusta that offers MLS Laser therapy as an alternative to surgery.
What is MLS Laser Therapy?
As a breakthrough treatment in pain management, MLS Laser therapy is clinically proven as a painless, safe and powerful laser therapy for pain relief. By employing specific wavelengths of light, the laser results in a strong anti-inflammatory, anti-edema effect on tissues. As a result, the cells of tendons, ligaments, and muscles repair themselves faster. Inflammation is reduced and pain subsides very quickly. Over 90% of patients experience positive results.
If you think you may have a heel spur, make an appointment at one of our locations here. Our Doctors can help to properly diagnose your pain and have you “heeled” up before you know it!
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