The term foot spur generally refers more specifically to a heel spur, also known as a calcaneal spur. These calcium growths form around the tendons and ligaments of the foot and eventually become attached to the heel bone. The spurs then continue to grow, piercing the skin of the foot and causing pain and discomfort. When left untreated the spur can continue to grow causing agonizing pain and even immobilizing the patient.
At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our board certified specialists offer aggressive treatment options for those suffering from heel spurs. Our foot and ankle specialist are board certified in forefoot surgery and are also among an elite few Central Florida physicians board certified in reconstructive rear foot/ankle surgery. If you or a loved one are suffering from foot spurs, turn to the experts at the Orlando Orthopaedic Center.
There are many heel spur treatment options which are dependent on a number of factors including: the health of the patient, the location and size of the spur(s), the severity of the patient’s pain and much more. Less invasive treatment options include: ·
- Elevating the food
- Heat therapy
- Shoe padding
- Physical Therapy
- Electro Shock Wave Lithotripsy
Heel spur surgery should only be considered after less invasive treatment methods have been explored and ruled insufficient. The traditional surgical approach to treating heel spurs requires a scalpel cut to the bottom of the food which allows the surgeon to access the bone spur. Endoscopic plantar fasciotomies (EPF) involve one or two small incisions in the foot which allow the surgeon to access and operate on the bone spur endoscopically. Taking a surgical approach to heel spur treatment is a topic to explore with a foot and ankle specialist.
At the Orlando Orthopaedic Center our board certified specialists provide heel spur treatment for patients suffering from varying degrees of pain associated with foot spurs. If you are interested in learning more about how we can provide relief and help you return to your daily activities, schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today.