1890 333 777 To Make An Appointment or book@spectrumhealth.ie

Heel Spur

Whether you’re a walker, a runner or just trying to get from A to B, any foot pain can make life difficult. There are a number of contributing factors which can cause discomfort and pain in the foot. Foot pain can be caused by genetically inherited conditions such as a mechanical imbalance in the foot, or developed from an injury or inappropriate foot wear.

All of our Podiatrists are fully qualified with extensive clinical experience in the treatment of foot pain. On your first visit, we will set out a plan to quickly relieve your pain and discomfort. Our Podiatrists will not just treat the pain in your foot, but will also help you understand the cause of your pain and how to manage or prevent future re-occurrence.


Heel Spur treatment

Our podiatrist may suggest custom orthotics or off the shelf insoles for your shoes to help correct the underlying problem that is causing the inflammation. They may employ taping and strapping to reduce strain and give support to the area. Mobilisation is another form of treatment often employed by our Podiatrists where they gently move the joints manually to remove stiffness and restore the normal range of movement. If all of this fails, surgery may be a last resort but in the majority of cases working with a Podiatrist will fix the problem.

Our Expertise

A heel spur diagnosis is made when an X-ray shows a hook of bone protruding from the bottom of the foot at the point where the plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone. Once the Podiatrist has made an accurate diagnosis of the cause of pain and inflammation they will decide on the most appropriate form of treatment for your case in particular.

Often it is important to allow adequate rest to take the strain off the heel and allow the affected tissues time to heal. You can use an ice pack on your heel several times a day for twenty minutes at a time to reduce inflammation. Do not place the ice directly onto the skin, use at thin towel between your heel and the ice pack.