A heel spur is when bone grows underneath or on the side of the heel bone in a point and can cause pain while exercising or standing for long periods of time. Heel spurs often occur with plantar fasciitis, when inflammation of the the soft tissue tendons or fascia in the heel, or with inflammation of the achilles tendon causing tenderness at the back of the heel. It is common to see heel spurs in sports that have a lot of running or jumping involved. Chronic pain that comes and goes can occur with pain during exercising and a stabbing feeling at the bottom of the heel upon waking up. It also may return after sitting for a long period of time.
Risk Factors for Heel Spurs
- Running or jogging on hard surfaces
- Foot abnormalities
- Lack of arch support in shoes
Heel Spur Treatment
ASTR uses holistic, noninvasive and pain free approaches to relieving pain without the use of medication. Our doctors use patented ASTR tools to break down and clear the existing scar tissue and myofasical restriction in patients. Specific special exercise programs are given to patients that are designed to reduce inflammation and strengthen the muscle to bring the patient back to a normal functioning and activity.