Not sure what that bump is in your heel that’s causing you so much pain? There is a good chance it may be a bone spur. These tiny little hook-shaped knobs of cartilage that form on your heels dig into your tendons and cause you tremendous pain each time you take a step. As obnoxious as they might be, treatment isn’t as intensive as you might think.
Diagnosing Your Bone Spur
The first step toward any type of treatment is diagnosing your pain. Sometimes, what feels like pain from a heel spur might be caused by something else.
To diagnose this common foot condition, Dr. Evan Merrill will take an x-ray of your foot. When examining the x-ray image, he will look for a small protrusion on your heel bone. This protrusion looks like a bump with a small hook at the end. The spur is usually pointy. It’s this pointy shape that allows it to dig into your tendons and nerve endings, sending pain through your feet.
Treating Bone Spurs (And Banishing the Pain for Good)
Once you’ve been diagnosed With a bone spur, it’s time to start treatment. Treatment for bone spurs varies depending on the severity of the bump. The bigger and more developed the bone spur, the more extensive the treatment you’ll need.
Here are some of the most common forms of treatment:
Get new shoes. Some bone spurs just need a little bit of extra support. If you get orthotics or shoes that will help stop the spur from digging into your tendons, you’ll reduce inflammation and pain.
The RICE method. This stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. The RICE method is used for many foot conditions that cause inflammation. It gives your foot a break from being poked and prodded by the bone spur, and in turn helps you get relief.
Medication. You can also use anti-inflammatory medication to treat your bone spur. For minor foot pain, you can get away with only using an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory. For more extensive foot pain, you might need an injection to help speed the reduction in inflammation.
Surgery. In rare instances, surgery might be your best option. Surgical intervention will allow Dr. Evan Merrill to shave down the bone spur so that it immediately stops poking your foot and causing you grief.
As an athlete, Dr. Evan Merrill understands how devastating it is to be taken off your feet for a long period of time. That’s why he uses the most conservative treatment methods whenever possible.
Schedule Your Appointment for Fast Relief
If you’re sick of living with the anguish of heel pain, fill out the form on this page to schedule your appointment. The sooner you find out whether it’s a bone spur causing your pain or something else, the sooner you can get the relief you so badly need.