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?
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
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.
A Closer Look at Heel Spurs
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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:
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.
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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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:
Why Should I Choose an Orthopaedic Specialist Instead of a Podiatrist?
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.
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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