A heel spur is a bony growth caused by a calcium deposit. These growths can occur in the back of or under your heel, or beneath the sole of your foot.
Some people may not experience any symptoms, while others may have significant heel pain. A heel spur can also be related to plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tissue that supports the arch of your foot.
At Aurora Health Care, our specialists work with you to find the right treatment for your heel spur and any related pain. Your care team will first recommend the best nonsurgical treatments, like specialized orthotics (shoe inserts) or physical therapy. If those methods don’t work or stop working, surgery can relieve heel pain and restore mobility.
Aurora is one of the largest regional health care providers in Wisconsin. Our specialists treat thousands of people for heel spurs and other foot conditions each year.
When you come to us for heel spur treatment, you will find:
You may have a heel spur and not experience any symptoms. However, a heel spur can cause heel pain in many people. You may feel:
Causes and risk factors of heel spurs include activities that put extra stress on your feet, as well as certain conditions:
To diagnose a heel spur, we will:
Find out more about orthopedic diagnosis at Aurora.
After we confirm you have a heel spur, we will first recommend nonsurgical heel spur treatment methods. These treatments do not remove the spur. Instead, they relieve your pain. Treatments include:
If nonsurgical treatments don’t work, or work only temporarily, we may recommend surgery. Together, we’ll find the best surgical approach that fits your needs. Procedures include:
Learn more about treatments for foot and ankle pain at Aurora.