Heel Spurs Specialist

Podiatry Care

Yitzchak Cohen, DPM

Podiatry located in Totowa, NJ & Paterson, NJ

Heel spurs are abnormal bony-like growths that can irritate connective tissues, including your plantar fascia, and lead to chronic foot pain. If you know you have heel spurs or have undiagnosed heel pain, schedule an evaluation with expert podiatrist Yitzchak Cohen, DPM, of Podiatry Care. Dr. Cohen offers innovative heel spur treatments in Totowa, New Jersey. Book your heel spur appointment online, or call the office directly.

Heel Spurs Q & A

What causes heel spurs?

Heel spurs develop gradually over time because of continuing strain on fibrous connective tissues — like muscles and ligaments — that are linked to your heel bone. This repetitive stress can occur because of your workout routine, especially if you’re a distance runner or participate in jumping sports, including basketball or dancing.

But wearing improper footwear while training, being overweight, or having arthritis can also increase your risk of developing heel spurs. No matter what’s causing your heel spurs, it’s important to have your feet evaluated early on before your symptoms worsen.

Do heel spurs cause pain?

They certainly can, although pain and discomfort tend to develop gradually over time. When you have heel spurs, the more they progress, the more likely you are to experience:

  • Visible bony protrusion
  • Inflammation and tenderness
  • Arch and heel swelling

Medical experts estimate that over half of men and women who have plantar fasciitis also have heel spurs. Plantar fasciitis is a chronic condition that leads to ongoing pain and inflammation along the arch of your feet that worsens after periods of inactivity.

Whether your heel pain seems like an occasional nuisance, or if it’s starting to affect you on a daily basis, you have plenty of options for treatment at Podiatry Care.

How are heel spurs treated?

During your heel spur exam, Dr. Cohen evaluates your feet and looks at in-office X-ray or ultrasound imaging to determine if you have abnormal bone growths. Once he confirms your diagnosis, he gets you started on heel spur treatment, which can include:

  • Custom orthotics
  • Cold compresses
  • Daily stretching exercises
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs

As a last resort, if you have a heel spur that just continues to cause pain and discomfort, Dr. Cohen could recommend surgery to remove the bone spur. Because Dr. Cohen has extensive training and experience with state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedures, you can feel confident that he’s going to help you recover from heel pain discomfort and any surgical treatment you may need.

Schedule your heel spur exam at Podiatry Care by clicking on the online scheduler. You can also call the office to speak with a team member.

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