HealthyFeetNY

Dr. Johanna Youner, DPM, FACFAS

Board-Certified Podiatric Surgeon
40 Park Avenue, Suite 5
(37 East 36th Street)
New York, N.Y. 10016

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(212) 683-7757
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Heel Pain/Spurs

Why do my heels hurt?

The most common cause of heel pain comes from moving your foot incorrectly while walking or running. This can be place too much stress on the heel bone and the soft tissue around it. The result is pain.

What causes incorrect foot movement?

The way you move your foot can be affected by:

  • • inherited muscle and bone problems
  • • heel injury or bruising
  • • poorly fitted or worn-out shoes
  • • excessive weight

Why do my feet hurt when I get out of bed or stand up?

You  may have a plantar fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain. This is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, the band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot and supports the arch of the foot. Excessive walking, running, or jumping flattens and lengthens the plantar fascia. Eventually, the stress can cause small tears in the plantar fascia. When you are off your feet, the plantar fascia rests. When you stand or take a few steps, a sudden strain is put on that and of tissue and it hurts. Although the pain may subside as you walk, plantar fasciitis can be serious.

What is a heel spur?

A heel spur is a bony growth on the underside of the heel. Plantar fasciitis often results in heel spurs. Some heel spurs are painless. Others can cause chronic pain. If necessary, medical treatment can be recommended to reduce the pain.

Surgery for heel spurs

A heel spur is a bony growth on the underside of the heel bone. Some heel spurs are painless. Others cause chronic pain. A heel spur often accompanies inflammation of the plantar fascia – the band of connective tissue that runs from the heel to the ball of the foot.

Treatment options for heel spurs may include removal of the spur, releasing the plantar fascia or additional noninvasive treatments. Afterwards, your foot may be in a cast and crutches may be necessary.

Surgery for bone spurs

A bone spur is an overgrowth of bone that can cause pain and reduced motion. It can occur on the side of a bone, the top of a bone, or underneath the nail.

Minimal incision surgery involves making a small incision and smoothing the bone. A stitch may be required to hold the incision closed while it heals.