Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey
Podiatrists located in Union, NJ & Scotch Plains, NJ
The podiatrists at the Foot and Ankle Specialists of New Jersey provide expert services to diagnose and treat heel spurs. Patients can make appointments at offices located in Scotch Plains and Union, New Jersey.
Q & A
What Is a Heel Spur?
A heel spur is a bony growth near the heel bone. It causes discomfort in the foot centered around the heel bone. It is often quite painful in the morning or at any time where pressure is changed such as going from sitting to standing or spending long times on your feet. When the muscles surrounding your heel are strained, the membrane surrounding the muscle is torn away and tissue is exposed to additional pressure. These symptoms do not heal if no changes are made to lifestyle or exercise habits.
What Causes Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are caused by a variety of factors. Excessive running or jogging while on hard surfaces such as concrete can injure the foot and cause tightness in the calf. Irregularities in walking gait can put additional stress on the muscles around the heel. Bad shoes or shoes that are not the correct size can cause issues. Finally, obesity can put undue pressure on the heel and cause injury. The excessive pressure or repeated force can cause the calcium deposits to build up in response to injury.
How Are Heel Spurs Treated?
Typically, heel spurs are treated by ice, reduced activity, improved stretching of the foot, and improved shoes or orthotic inserts. Taping can be utilized if participating in a sport. Over the counter pain medication can be utilized while the foot is healing. If pain is more severe, a doctor can provide corticosteroid as a pain reduction method. If the heel spur is severe enough, surgery may be warranted. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, make an appointment with one of the podiatrists at the Foot & Ankle Specialists of New Jersey. Foot pain should not be accepted as normal, especially when there are many effective treatments available.
If you have any questions regarding whether your insurance plan is accepted and coverage, please feel free to contact our office.
Words from our patients
"Would definitely recommend anyone to come to this office for treatment. Excellent! Thank you!"
"I was treated at Foot & Ankle Specialists several times a few years ago and was very pleased with the care I received from their doctors."
"The appointments are efficient but I have never felt rushed or like the exam was incomplete."
"Highly recommend them for any foot related issues!!"
"Excellent and knowledgeable doctor. Explained my condition and what I had to do thoroughly. I didn't feel like he rushed while I was there."
"He was very thorough and went over all the details of my condition. And while he was professional, he was also fun and joked around and made me feel very comfortable."
"Very caring and knowledgeable doctor. Answers calls for questions."
"Dr. Patel and her staff are sweet and very patient. They make me feel very comfortable whenever I go there. Would recommend this place."