Heel Spur Specialist

One Oak Medical

Multi-Specialty Group Practice located in Wayne, NJ & Paramus, NJ

If you spend a lot of time on your feet or are physically active, you may be at increased risk for developing heel spurs, a painful condition that makes it difficult to walk. At One Oak Medical, with locations in Paramus, Wayne, Middletown, Point Pleasant, and Clifton, New Jersey, as well as Staten Island, New York, Dr. Homam Badri offers both diagnostic and treatment services to alleviate heel spur pain and improve your ability to walk. Book a consultation with board-certified podiatrist Dr. Badri online or by calling the office to learn more about treating heel spurs.

Heel Spur Q & A

What is a heel spur?

A heel spur is a common condition that results from calcium deposits that develop between your heel and the arch of your foot. Spurs can extend into other parts of your foot, causing a wide range of symptoms and persistent pain.

What are the symptoms of a heel spur?

Not all heel spurs cause pain or symptoms. However, you may experience a stabbing, persistent pain whenever you put weight on your heel. Other symptoms of heel spurs include:

  • Heel swelling
  • Warmth in the heel
  • Visible bony protrusion

In some cases, pain and swelling can travel from your heel into the arch of your foot.

What causes heel spurs?

Heel spurs develop gradually as the result of long-term strain on your muscles and ligaments. The strain causes your soft tissues to wear out and the spur to form.

Spurs in the heel can also result from:

  • Arthritis
  • Ill-fitting shoes
  • Heel injuries
  • Being overweight
  • Frequently wearing flip flops

If you have plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the fibrous tissue that connects your heel to your toes, you are at increased risk for developing heel spurs.

What treatment options are available for heel spurs?

If a heel spur is painless, you may not even know you have one. If heel pain interferes with your mobility or normal activities, Dr. Badri can obtain X-ray images to confirm the presence of a calcium deposit.

Nonsurgical treatment options for heel spurs include:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Physical therapy
  • Anti-inflammatory injections
  • Orthotic shoe inserts

Surgery may be necessary if other treatments are ineffective for relieving your pain. Dr. Badri can surgically remove the spur to alleviate pain and increase your mobility.

What are orthotic shoe inserts?

Orthotic shoe inserts are custom-made inserts that fit into your shoe and provide your foot with proper support. Dr. Badri may recommend these inserts to relieve pain due to heel spurs and protect the overall health of your foot.

Dr. Badri prescribes custom-fitted orthotics by evaluating the structure of your foot and the way you move. He designs the shoe insert to precisely match your feet, ensuring a proper fit and pain-free mobility.

To learn more about available treatments for heel pain, schedule an appointment online or by calling One Oak Medical directly.