Spurs Specialist

Professional Podiatry Services of New York

Board Certified Podiatrist Foot & Ankle Surgeon located in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY

Heel spurs might not cause any pain, and you may not be aware you have them. At Professional Podiatry Services of New York in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the skilled team can treat inflammation surrounding your heel spurs and perform surgery if it’s necessary to remove your bone spur. To find out more about heel spurs, call Professional Podiatry Services of New York, or request an appointment online today.

Spurs Q & A

What are spurs?

Bone spurs are overgrown calcium deposits that look and feel like actual bone. In many cases, they’re so large and prominent that you can see and feel them without an X-ray. 

The heel is a typical place to develop spurs. Heel spurs often grow as a result of plantar fasciitis and other inflammatory issues with the ligaments or tendons in your foot. With these injuries, the membrane covering your heel bone can tear and become irritated, resulting in the bony growth you see or feel in your heel. 

Heel spurs develop slowly and often start with no symptoms. You’re at a higher risk of getting a heel spur if you place extra stress on your heel when you walk, if you’re overweight or obese, or if you walk or run a lot. 

How can I tell if I have a spur?

Heel spurs can come with or without symptoms. You might be able to feel the heel spur if you touch your heel, even if there is no pain around it. In many cases, the soft tissues around the heel spur become inflamed and painful. People often describe the pain around a heel spur as feeling like a knife or pin penetrating their heel, especially in the morning when they first wake up.

Throughout the day, the pain around your heel spur becomes dull and achy instead of sharp and severe. If you sit or lay down for a long time before standing back up, the pain can become sharp and severe again. 

To diagnose your heel spur,  the team at Professional Podiatry Services of New York might use an X-ray to view your heel bone. An X-ray can show the size of the heel spur and help them plan an appropriate treatment for it. 

How are spurs treated?

The team at Professional Podiatry Services has extensive experience in heel spur surgery and treatment for plantar fasciitis, which can ease the symptoms of heel spurs. Nonsurgical treatments that can help relieve heel spur symptoms include:

  • Anti-inflammatory medications
  • Stretching exercises
  • Ultrasound treatments
  • Custom orthotics

If your heel spur requires surgery, the team might take one of several different approaches. Heel spur surgery is only necessary if other treatments don’t ease your pain. The team decides to either remove the spur entirely during surgery or to release your plantar fascia to relieve inflammation. 

To find out more about heel spurs and treatment options, book a consultation by phone or online at Professional Podiatry Services of New York today.