A heel spur (not to be confused with an often related condition called plantar fasciitis) is a bony growth that develops on the back or underside of your heel. It often happens when the heel is injured in some way and the body reacts by adding additional bone to the area. Dr. Michael Dershowitz, DPM treats this common foot-related issue for athletes and high-activity patients in Phoenix. If you have been diagnosed with heel spurs or believe this could be the cause behind your foot pain, here are three ways that untreated heel spurs can affect your life.
1. Difficulty Walking
In some cases, heel spurs don’t cause any pain, but when they do the pain can make it difficult to walk properly. The bony mass can put pressure on the ligaments, tissue and adjacent nerves of the foot causing heel pain. Each step that you take involves applying some amount of pressure to the heel. So if left untreated, over time the way that you walk may change and become awkward (limping or wincing with each step).
2. Inability to Wear Certain Types of Shoes
When you have heel spurs, wearing certain types of shoes is out of the question. Any shoe that has a solid backing, whether it’s a pair of pumps or men’s dress shoes, becomes almost oppressive to wear. Even adding a cushion insert to the back of the shoe may not help. You may have to adjust to wearing custom orthotics prescribed by Phoenix heel pain specialist Dr. Dershowitz.
3. Back and Posture Problems
As you begin to change the way you walk due to heel spur pain, you may also start to experience trouble with your back and posture. The ligaments and nerves of the feet are connected to the back and every other part of the body, so when they become inflamed and painful due to heel spurs, the problem can spread. Persistent foot and back pain can also lead to problems maintaining a healthy posture.
Have Heel Spurs Treated by Dr. Dershowitz
If you have heel or foot pain, don’t hesitate to have this condition treated by Dr. Dershowitz of the Southwest Foot Institute in Phoenix. Common treatments include icing, physical therapy, deep massage, anti-inflammatory medications and even surgery to remove the extra bone. Visit https://www.southwestfootinstitute.com or call (602) 340-8686 to schedule a consultation appointment.