Are you experiencing foot pain that is located near your heel? If so, you may have a heel spur that needs to be treated by our podiatrist. At our podiatry practice, Gary B. Feldman, DPM, our expert podiatrist is Dr. Gary B. Feldman. If you would like to be accurately diagnosed and receive proper treatment for your Hicksville heel spur, make an appointment to come in and see us at our practice.
Proper treatment of your Hicksville heel spur begins with proper diagnosis. Unless our doctor is able to examine your foot and come up with a definitive diagnosis, your heel spur will not necessarily be treated properly. When a patient comes into our practice with heel pain, our podiatrist will want to talk to you about your medical history, closely examine your heel, ankle, and leg, and possibly take x-rays of your heel and foot. If you have a Hicksville heel spur, it will show up on an x-ray. The heel bone is the bone that absorbs most of the shock and pressure for the foot. A heel spur will develop as an abnormal growth of the heel bone. Calcium deposits will form when the planter fascia pulls away from the heel area, and ends up causing a bony protrusion, known as a heel spur. Heel spurs can be extremely painful, and are located in the rear of the foot. They cause most pain while our patient is standing or walking.
Women are actually much more likely to get heel spurs. This is the result of wearing specific types of footwear on a regular basis. When the cause of a heel spur is flat feet, a prescription orthotic may work best to reduce the over-pronation, and allow the fibrous tissues of your foot to heal. Other common treatments for heel spurs include: losing weight; stretching exercises; wearing shoes with a cushioned heel; and wearing shoes that have an elevated heel. A heel cradle, or heal cup will provide your foot with extra comfort; it will be able to reduce the amount of shock your foot experiences during everyday activities. For an appointment to see our podiatrist regarding your Hicksville heel spur, contact us today.