Statistics shows that nearly 2 million people are treated for heel pain annually. One of the common causes of heel pain is a calcaneal spur.
What are calcaneal spur?
Heel spurs are often caused by stretching of the plantar fascia (the thick fibrous band that forms the arch of your foot to the heel bone), strains on foot muscles, and repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone (aka the calcaneus). When your feet are under continuous pressure, some calcium deposits may form on the underside of your heels. These repetitious stresses on the area lead to the accumulation of more calcium deposits, which finally result in a heel spur. They are especially common among athletes such as runners. These bony protrusions under your heel bones are normally visible in an X-ray examination.
Signs and symptoms of a calcaneal spur?
The primary symptom of a calcaneal heel spur is a sharp pain in the area surrounding the spur when walking. The worst pain is usually experienced first thing in the morning, or after a period of rest. The cause of the pain is not the heel spur itself but the injured soft tissues around it which are highly innervated by nerves. Calcaneal spurs are sometimes connected to plantar fasciitis. In this condition, some micro tears appear in the plantar fascia. Those micro tears may make the tendon inflamed. In heel spurs, your afflicted foot may not be able to bear heavy loads. Activities such as walking, or running may aggravate your heel pain.
First Line Treatment of calcaneal spurs
The first step is often short term rest combined with inflammation control.
- Ice: Ice massage, ice bath, or ice pack
- Altering lifestyle: Removal of elements causing repetitious stress injury
- Medications: NSAIDs
- Custom Orthotics: Custom made high quality shoe inserts are designed to correct biomechanical imbalances, and to help cushion your heel.
- Shockwave therapy: This is one of the safest and fastest non-surgical methods of relieving your calcaneal heel spur pain. Shockwave therapy employs high energy ultrasonic waves to help heal inflamed soft tissue and degrade bone calcifications in your foot.
- Sports Physiotherapy: Achieving and maintaining flexibility with stretching, strengthening and range of motion exercises.
At Ace Physiotherapy our Physiotherapists and Chiropodists use cutting-edge physiotherapy techniques including, shockwave therapy, and 3d Laser custom orthotics to help you recover from painful calcaneal heel spurs.
To learn more about how Ace Physio can help you call our friendly staff today at 416-900-6653