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We have established protocols for staff and physicians to ensure that our response is consistent with the standards of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and local and state health departments. Many office visits can be done via Telemedicine.

Due to the increasingly stringent Shelter In Place orders, the need for determining true necessity for in-office visits is essential and required. Someone from your clinical team will contact you to determine your current needs.

Heel pain

Heel Surgery

Exercise, injuries, and aging can create heel spurs, leading to daily pain. They can also impede your mobility and cause plantar fasciitis.

Thankfully there is an effective treatment that can alleviate your pain and address your bone spurs: heel surgery.

Dr. Andrew Ebert serving Austin, TX, can provide minimally invasive heel surgery to provide relief and a fast recovery.

What Is Heel Surgery And What Can It Treat?

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Heel surgery is a minimally invasive procedure with incredibly life-changing results. It can treat conditions like heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, bringing you the relief you deserve.

About Bone Spurs

Heel spurs, or calcaneal spurs, are painful growths that can form on your foot. They are calcium deposits that accumulate between the heel and arch due to stress on the foot ligaments. Unfortunately, spurs can impede your mobility and bring daily heel pain. If you develop bone spurs, the Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin in the Austin, TX, area can restore your comfort and mobility through surgical treatment.

To help you understand how this surgery can benefit you, let’s first take a look at the causes of bone spurs.

What Symptoms Do
Bone Spurs Present?

If you have bone spurs on your heel or ankle, you're probably aware of them with every step. Symptoms include:

  • Swelling and inflammation
  • Heel pain (though not all people feel it)
  • Visible bone-like protrusion around the heel
  • Difficulty walking

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What Are Some of the
Causes of Bone Spurs?

A variety of activities can lead to spurs along your heel bone. They include:

  • Routinely engaging in high-impact exercises, like running
  • Being born with a genetic predisposition to spurs  
  • Receiving injuries on your foot, heel, or tendon
  • Having an above-average body weight
  • Walking abnormally
  • Living a sedentary lifestyle
  • Having flat feet
  • The aging process

What Areas Can
Bone Spurs Affect?

Bone spurs often form where two joints meet.

They can develop on your heels, along with other places on your body, such as your ankles, hips, and spine. Bone spurs can also affect a larger section of your foot: the plantar fascia.

As we'll cover below, your heel spurs may result in swelling and a condition known as plantar fasciitis, adding further complications.

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A Closer Look at Heel Spurs

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From swelling and inflammation to heel pain, bone spurs have a dramatic effect on your feet. They may appear along your tendon, heel bone, or ankle. If you notice foot pain or any of the symptoms we've listed, the Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin can provide a minimally invasive spur surgery at our Austin, TX, area offices.

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How Can I Prevent Bone Spurs? Discuss Preventative Care with Our Team

If you've had bone spurs in the past, you may be worried about getting them on your heel bone again. After all, not only are they painful on their own, but they can also cause other uncomfortable conditions.

Bone spurs sometimes have a genetic link, so you cannot fully prevent them. However, you can decrease your chances of developing bone spurs by implementing these changes to your lifestyle:

  • Exercising regularly
  • Maintaining a healthy weight
  • Using shoe inserts for support 
  • Changing your shoes to a pair that fits better

Your bone spurs don't have to cause heel pain, stress, or decreased mobility. At Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin, our doctors can expertly remove the bone spurs on your ankle or heel through surgery. Ready to start your journey? Contact our offices serving the Austin, TX, area or call us at:

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About Plantar Fasciitis

What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Bone spurs may cause another uncomfortable condition: plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is the ligament that connects the balls of the feet and the heel. When this ligament becomes inflamed, it results in a condition called plantar fasciitis.

What Are the Symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis occurs because your fascia has been torn or overstretched. It results in a sharp pain as soon as you stand up or walk. In most cases, it will likely present with swelling, and it may cause you to limp.

How Can I Alleviate My Plantar Fasciitis?

You can alleviate your discomfort using many of the same methods that treat spurs in your heel bone, such as applying ice, resting routinely, and ensuring that you wear the proper foot support. 

We will only recommend plantar fasciitis surgery as a last resort. During a consultation at our offices serving Austin, TX, we can help determine the best way to meet your needs.

Do I Have Bunions or Heel Spurs?

Though heel spurs and bunions both appear on your foot, they're two different conditions. Spurs usually occur on your ankle or the back of your foot at your heel. Bunions, however, form along your big toe. Bunions also have a different cause: toe bones that have shifted into the wrong areas.

Though bunions may also require surgical treatment, it's an entirely different surgical procedure than the one you would need for heel pain.

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2019

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Really helpful, and knowledgeable. Dr came up with the right solution for me. I’m glad to have him as my foot specialist. Office staff and nurse both courteous and open.

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At my first visit, I found the staff to be very friendly and helpful. I didn't wait long to see the doctor. He gave me a lot of helpful information that I wasn't told before my by last doctor. A great experience!

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How Does Heel Spur Surgery Work?

Dr. Andrew Ebert of Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin can partially or fully remove your heel bone spurs using calcaneal spur reduction, a type of outpatient surgical procedure. Here's how the process works:

After we rule out all other solutions for your heel pain, we may advise spur surgery. Our expert orthopedists can provide relief with this relatively quick and simple procedure.
After we rule out all other solutions for your heel pain, we may advise spur surgery. Our expert orthopedists can provide relief with this relatively quick and simple procedure.

Step One: Consultation

Treatment begins with a consultation at our offices serving Austin, TX. If you have prior X-rays or documentation, bring them along to streamline the process. We can also take scans in our office to determine the best course of action, such as surgery.

Step Two: Sedation

The day of your surgery has arrived. During the treatment, we'll keep you comfortable. 

Depending on the extent of the procedure, we may use a local anesthetic combined with sedation or general anesthesia.

Step Three: Surgery

During surgery, Dr. Ebert will create two incisions on either side of your heel.

A small camera will be inserted through one of these incisions, with surgical instruments inserted through the other incision.

Step Four: Removal

Your doctor can use these tools to detach all or a portion of the plantar fascia from your heel bone. They may also remove the heel spur itself. The exact approach to the surgery will depend on your needs.

Step Five: Closing Incisions

After the necessary work is completed, we close the incisions. After that, the surgery is done.

Step Six: Rest

Your foot will be placed in a boot or cast to keep it comfortable and supported during the healing process.

You'll need to refrain from many of your normal daily activities for about a week.

Step Seven: Follow-Up

You'll return to our Austin, TX, offices anywhere from three to seven days after your heel surgery. During this time, we'll remove your bandages or sutures. We'll also check on how you're healing and answer any questions you have.

Step Eight: Long-Term Recovery

After your surgery, it may take anywhere from several weeks to three months for you to recover. This depends on your case and how you respond to treatment. We'll be with you every step of the way to monitor your healing process and address your questions or concerns.

Why Should I Choose an Orthopaedic Specialist Instead of a Podiatrist?

You've already spent time looking up heel pain, bone spurs, and surgical care. Now, you have one question left: who should I trust to treat me? Our orthopedic specialists can remove your spurs and restore function to your feet. We also have a distinct advantage compared to podiatrists.

Meet Our Specialists

Bone spurs can result from a heel, tendon, or ankle injury. The potential complexity of these causes is another reason you should visit an orthopedic specialist instead of a podiatrist. Unlike podiatrists, we have a deeper knowledge of the musculoskeletal system, specializing in how your bones and muscles connect and move together.

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin can remove your bone spurs, eliminating your tendon and heel pain. To begin that exciting new chapter of your life, contact our Austin, TX, area offices or call us at:

(512) 476-2830

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Both heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are common among athletes and others who lead an active lifestyle that includes a lot of running.

Exercising the Right Way How to Stay Fit and Avoid Heel Spurs

Tips for heel spur prevention can sound confusing. After all, you're supposed to exercise and maintain a healthy weight, but it's important not to exercise too intensely. Think of it like this: You don't want to overwork your body, but you don't want to underwork it either. Your feet will likely let you know when you can't find a balance, displaying warning signs like swelling, pain, and inflammation.

The best habits you can develop and maintain are:

  • Wearing the proper footwear and support
  • Eating healthy
  • Giving yourself rest days
  • Alleviating pain with ice
  • Refraining from running on hard surfaces 
  • Visiting your orthopedist as soon as you notice any problems
  • Choosing low-impact exercises, like swimming or water aerobics
  • Stretching before working out

These practices will also improve your the overall health and longevity of your feet, preventing the need for ankle surgery and other invasive procedures. Plus, the above advice can also improve the health of your entire body. Have questions about ankle, tendon, and heel care?

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First-class patient care. On time appointment. Courteous and friendly. Skilled staff. Great.

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2019

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Dr. Ebert and his staff have been wonderful through my ordeal of having broken both of my feet!

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Paying for Treatment Is Easy At Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin

After your surgery, we know you need to rest up! You'll never have to worry about paying in person, thanks to our online payment portal. That way, you can recover with peace of mind. 

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Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin

At Orthopaedic Specialists of Austin, we have a team of board-certified specialists who can treat a wide range of conditions. Our specialists use the most advanced techniques to provide minimally invasive treatment options.

For more information about our services, contact our office online or call (512) 476-2830 today.

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