Heel Spurs Specialist

Robert J. Landy, D.P.M.

Podiatrist located in West Islip, NY & Hicksville, NY

Most men and women who have heel spurs don’t even know they have them until the bony protrusions start causing pain. If you have heel spur discomfort, the top-rated podiatrists at the offices of Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. in West Islip and Hicksville, New York, can help. Book your heel pain evaluation online or over the phone today.

Heel Spurs Q & A

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Why do I have heel spurs?

Heel spurs are bony protrusions that develop on your heel bone — the largest bone in your foot. The primary cause of heel spurs is bone damage, which is often associated with osteoarthritis.

When you start losing bone mass and protective cartilage due to osteoarthritis, your body tries to compensate by forming mineral deposits near the damaged area. These are bone spurs. Your risk of developing bone spurs increases if you have arthritis, especially if you also have osteoarthritis.

Do heel spurs cause symptoms?

Heel spurs don’t always cause symptoms. Medical experts estimate that about 1 in 10 Americans have heel spurs, but only around 1 in 20 have heel spurs that cause foot pain. The most well-known issue associated with heel spurs is plantar fasciitis.

Because the bony protrusion can stick out into your plantar fascia — the long band of connective tissue that links your heel bone to your toes — the tissue can easily become inflamed. When this occurs, you may feel stabbing foot pains or unbearable heel pain, especially after long periods of rest.

Foot and heel pain associated with heel spurs can lower your quality of life and keep you from doing the things you enjoy. Fortunately, the podiatrists at Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. offer plenty of effective treatment options.

Is there treatment for heel spurs?

Yes. Your dedicated podiatrist typically starts with conservative, nonsurgical heel spur treatments to resolve your discomfort and relieve long-term inflammation. You may benefit from:

  • Custom orthotic inserts
  • Corticosteroid injections
  • Anti-inflammatory pain medications
  • Change in footwear
  • Stretches to relieve plantar fasciitis

Sometimes though, surgery is the best solution for permanently treating heel and foot pain associated with heel spurs. Your foot and ankle surgeon will surgically remove your bone spur using minimally invasive techniques, so you can recover quickly.

Start your customized heel pain treatment by booking an appointment online or over the phone with Robert J. Landy, D.P.M. today.