Spurs Specialist

DuPage Foot & Ankle, LLC

Donald Nichols, D.P.M.

Podiatry located in Hinsdale, IL & Wheaton, IL

Heel spurs aren’t just a problem that afflicts athletes as these bony protrusions on your heel can cause pain and inflammation for people from all walks of life. Dr. Donald Nichols of DuPage Foot & Ankle, LLC provides a range of treatments for heel spurs in three locations in Wheaton, Hinsdale, and Oak Brook, Illinois. Dr. Nichols devises customized treatment plans and offers medications, custom orthotics, surgery, and more. Take care of your feet with the help of a qualified and experienced podiatrist. Call or use online booking to schedule an appointment today.

Spurs Q & A

What is a heel spur?

A heel spur occurs when a piece of bone forms on your heel bone. Heel spurs are calcium deposits under your heel that make small pieces of bone protrude. Typically, a heel spur starts near the front of your heel bone and points toward the arch.

The pain from bone spurs is usually due to the inflammation or irritation of ligaments nearby. The plantar fascia ligament, a thick band of tissue that supports your arch, can sometimes play a role in the development of heel spurs.

You might not realize you have a heel spur since it doesn’t necessarily cause any pain. An annual foot exam with a skilled podiatrist like Dr. Nichols is an excellent proactive and preventive care method to protect your overall foot health.

Dr. Nichols can assess your feet for any signs of abnormalities or heel spurs, and he offers on-site X-ray imaging at all three DuPage Foot & Ankle offices.

A heel spur usually comes with pain, inflammation, and swelling towards the front of your heel. The area might feel warm and you might notice a bony protrusion.

If you have heel pain that persists for more than a couple of weeks, visit Dr. Nichols to rule out any foot complications like heel spurs.

What causes a heel spur?

Heel spurs are typically diagnosed with an X-ray that allows Dr. Nichols to view your bones and the internal structures of your foot. Heel spurs can take months to develop and long-term inflammation can cause more damage to your foot.

Other factors that can cause or contribute to the development of heel spurs include:

  • Obesity
  • Arthritis
  • Heel bruising
  • Poor-fitting shoes
  • Tight calf muscles
  • Improper weight distribution
  • Excessive walking on hard surfaces
  • Physical activities that irritate your feet
  • Mechanical defects and gait abnormalities

What are the treatments for a heel spur?

Most treatments for heel spurs are aimed at alleviating pain. Dr. Nichols might recommend:

  • Ice and heat
  • Physical therapy
  • Various stretching exercises
  • Medications to manage pain
  • Medications or injections to reduce pain and inflammation
  • Proper-fitting shoes, inserts, arch supports, padding, and custom orthotics

Unless heel spurs are surgically removed, they’re permanent. Dr. Nichols can provide heel spur surgery to decrease your pain and improve the functionality of your foot.

To learn more about heel spurs and find out what’s causing your heel pain, click to use the online scheduling tool or call one of the three offices today.

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