Heel Spur

A heel spur is an overgrowth of bone on your heel, which may or may not cause pain. Often a heel spur occurs on the bottom of your heel, where the plantar fascia attaches to your heel bone (calcaneus). 
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The plantar fascia is the ligament, or band of connective tissue (fascia), that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. The plantar fascia holds your foot bones in an arched position. This type of heel spur sometimes does not cause pain, but its development can signal that plantar fasciitis—inflammation of this ligament—may be the cause of your foot pain. This pain may occur after exercising, long-distance running, climbing stairs, or long periods of standing.

In many cases there is no specific treatment for this type of heel spur. Treatment is aimed at the underlying cause, plantar fasciitis. In other cases, a bone spur can grow on the back of your heel where the Achilles tendon connects to your heel bone. If a nearby nerve becomes trapped by the growth of the bone spur, it can increase foot pain and swelling, and treatment may require spur removal.

Our Approach

M Health Fairview physicians provide the most up-to-date, effective treatments for heel spur. The care team at our Orthopedic Clinic is dedicated to delivering excellent care, innovative research and meaningful educational programs for all of our patients.

Treatments, Tests, and Procedures

Foot and Ankle Surgery

Foot and ankle problems can be painful and affect our gait, our balance, and our mobility. A wide variety of surgeries can correct genetic disorders, injuries, or simple wear and tear. Many of surgeries can be performed laparoscopically, reducing your pain and recovery time.
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Casting, Bracing, and Splinting

Injuries to bones often require immobilization through a cast, brace, or splint. Other reasons include genetic disorders, such as scoliosis, as well as surgeriews where an intervention is required in order for the affected area to heal properly.
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There may be other treatments, test, and procedures for this diagnosis, including:

  • Medical Acupuncture

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