Heel Spurs Specialist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD -  - Podiatrist

Allyson B. Fried, DPM, MD

Podiatrist & Foot and Ankle Surgeon located in Los Angeles, Culver City, CA

Only about half of people who have heel spurs actually have pain from them, but if you are in that half, then you know that pain relief is important. Dr. Allyson B. Fried, of Culver City, Los Angeles, California, has extensive experience in the treatment of painful foot and ankle conditions like heel spurs. If your heel spur is causing you significant pain, call or book an appointment with Dr. Fried today.

Heel Spurs Q & A

What is a heel spur?

A heel spur is a small bony prominence that develops on the heel bone of your foot. This can be painful, though for many people, it is not. This bony area develops over a long period of time and is made up of calcium deposits.

Usually, a spur develops on the front side of your heel, near the arch of your foot. It can range in size and grow up to a half an inch in length from the heel bone. It is usually diagnosed using symptoms and X-ray studies.

It can cause pain similar to plantar fasciitis, and, in fact, about half the number of people with a heel spur also have this condition.

What causes a heel spur?

A heel spur is due to the long-term strain placed on the ligaments and tendons that attach at your heel. Repetitive activities like running, walking, and jumping on hard surfaces, especially without supportive footwear, causes strain on the tissues of the heel.

Other things that may contribute to the development of heel spurs are:

  • Wearing flip-flops excessively
  • Poor fitting shoes
  • Non-supportive shoes
  • Obesity
  • Trauma
  • Arthritis
  • Altered gait

You can avoid developing a heel spur by wearing supportive shoes, especially with repetitive activities that put a strain on your feet, and by maintaining a healthy weight.

What are the symptoms and how are heel spurs treated?

When you come to Dr. Fried with heel pain, she evaluates you using a detailed health history, a physical exam, and a series of X-rays that show the painful area of your foot.

  • Symptoms of a heel spur are:
  • Pain at the front of the heel
  • Stabbing heel pain when first awake in the morning
  • Tenderness of the heel
  • Significant pain after exercise

Usually, treatment for a heel spur is non-surgical and includes:

  • Cold compresses after activity
  • Mild pain relievers
  • Steroid injections
  • Physical therapy
  • Limiting activity
  • Orthotic shoe inserts

If these treatments do not relieve pain after several months, Dr. Fried may suggest surgical removal of the heel spur. If needed, Dr. Fried will perform this surgery herself. She will follow your care until you find relief and are able to return to the activities you love the most.

If think you may have a heel spur, call or book an appointment online for expert care.