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Heel Spur Surgery

Sometimes, bone spurs in your heel can be treated with rest and physical therapy. But if the spurs are causing you pain and limiting your mobility, minimally invasive surgery can be accomplished right in your podiatrist’s office. Trust Dr. Velimir Petkov of Premier Podiatry in Passaic County, NJ to recommend the best treatment for you. If you need surgery, Dr. Petkov can handle it, so you’re back on your feet. Call today.

Heel spurs are bony growths that usually start at the front of your heel bone and grow toward your arch. Anyone who has received treatment for plantar fasciitis often experiences heel spurs as well.

You may not experience any heel pain from your spurs, so you may not even realize you have them unless you’re being treated for other conditions. If heel spurs accompany other foot conditions, your pain may be severe enough to warrant heel spur surgery. Most people respond well to non-invasive treatment, so surgery today is used only as a final resort, in case you don’t respond to the more conservative treatments.

Causes and Risk Factors

Heel spurs occur when the ligaments and muscles of the foot are strained and lengthened, tearing away at the lining that covers the heel bone. You may be at greater risk for developing heel spurs if you:

  • Already suffer from plantar fasciitis or arthritis
  • Are a runner or a jogger, especially if you consistently run on hard surfaces
  • Have certain biochemical imbalances
  • Carry excess weight, since it puts a heavier burden on your feet
  • Wear improperly fitting shoes

Generalized or localized heel pain may result from a variety of different causes — including arthritis, tendonitis, a fracture, nerve irritation or sometimes even a cyst. You need to visit an experienced and board-certified podiatrist like Dr. Velimir Petkov who performs a thorough examination. To reach a conclusive diagnosis, Dr. Petkov may use digital x-rays to determine the exact nature of your heel pain.


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Symptoms Requiring a Doctor Visit

It’s normal to get the occasional bruise, strain or discomfort in your feet. Most foot injuries may only require rest and at-home remedies. But do visit your New Jersey podiatrist at Premier Podiatry in Passaic County if you experience consistent pain that lasts longer than a couple of weeks.

And of course, if your pain significantly limits your daily activities, you should see a foot specialist as soon as possible. The earlier foot disorders are treated, the better chance you have of a complete recovery with fewer complications. Seek immediate medical assistance if any signs of infection accompany your heel pain. Infection symptoms include redness, swelling, heat at the sight of the pain or fever.

Non-Surgical Treatments for Heel Spurs

Your New Jersey podiatrist always starts your treatment with the most conservative, non-invasive options. But persistent heel pain or a deformity indicates a need for surgical intervention. Non-surgical options include:

  • Stretching exercises to relieve tension
  • Ice, rest and limiting activities
  • Always wearing shoes that are properly supportive
  • Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs)
  • Compression through padding or taping
  • Custom orthotic devices in your shoes
  • Walking boots or casts
  • Injection therapy with corticosteroid injections
  • Night splints
  • Physical therapy

Heel Spur Surgery Options

When all other treatment options prove ineffective, your podiatrist may recommend minimally invasive endoscopic heel spur surgery. The type of surgery depends on your diagnosis and overall medical health, but the goals include relief of pain and restoration of mobility. Options include:

  • Surgical treatment of your plantar fasciitis with a surgery called plantar fasciotomy, which releases the plantar tissue from your heel bone
  • Endoscopic heel spur resection, which removes small pieces of the bone spur through a small incision
  • Open heel spur resection surgery, which removes the entire bone spur

Many podiatrists in New Jersey perform both surgeries — a plantar fasciotomy and an endoscopic heel spur resection — at the same time. Open heel surgery is seldom used and only for severe cases, since it’s more invasive. The more invasive the surgery, the longer your recovery time.

Endoscopic Heel Spur Surgery

After you’re given appropriate anesthesia, Dr. Petkov makes a small incision in the side of your heel. Through this small opening, he inserts an arthroscopic camera and scalpel. Using the imaging, he detaches some of the plantar fascial ligament from the bone and removes some or all of the heel spur.

This outpatient procedure takes place right in the Premier Podiatry office. You’re sent home in a post-operative cast. Unless you had general anesthesia, you can drive and walk, but your podiatrist recommends that you limit your walking to give your heel time to heal.

Preventing Heel Bone Spur Surgery

The best way to treat heel spurs is to alter your lifestyle to prevent them. Some tips to consider include:

  • Losing weight if you’re obese
  • Wearing the correct shoes for each activity
  • Wearing shoes that fit properly and have shock-absorbent soles and a supportive heel
  • Wearing flats and not high heels
  • Stretching your calves, ankles and feet before activities
  • Pacing yourself during athletic exercises and throughout your daily routine
  • Getting the appropriate amount of rest and nutrition so your body can rebuild fatigued muscles

Heel spurs, while common and sometimes uncomfortable, don’t have to be painful or disruptive. Contact Dr. Petkov at Premier Podiatry in Clifton, NJ about the best treatment options for handling your heel spurs.

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