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Lakeland Podiatrist | Lakeland Heel Spurs | FL | Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group |

Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group

Dr. John Bidelspach

(863) 859-4434

(888) 505-0592

Lakeland Main Office:
4973 US Hwy 98 N
Lakeland, FL 33809
  The Villages Main Office:
(Just West of Rolling Acres)
Heart Rhythm Associates
781 HWY 466
Lady Lake, FL 32159

Laser Locations:
Orlando, Sarasota, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, The Villages, and Tallahassee

Heel Spurs

Heel Spurs

“Doctor, my heel hurts every time i get up out of a chair. I have to hold onto furniture to get out of bed in the morning!”

Hardly a day goes by that i don’t hear this old refrain from at least one of my patients.

Chances are, these folks are suffering from heel spurs, properly called “plantar fasciitis”. the planter fasci is a band of tissue running along the bottom of the foot that pulls on the heel. It may become strained, swollen or frayed. The spur is extra bone that may grow near the spot the fascia attaches to the heel in response to its tug on the heel bone.

The good news is most of our patients are feeling fine again in 6-8 visits and almost never need surgery thanks to a whole new armament of weapons now available to podiatry in the fight against this painful condition.

Planter fasciitis is becoming more common as our patients enter the golden years and the arch of the foot sags and falls. Don’t wait thinking it will go away by itself. Sometimes I think the old saying, “Time heals all wounds” should be “Time wounds all heels”!

Plantar Fasciitis (Heel Spurs)


What Is Plantar Fasciitis? 

The plantar fascia is a ligament-like band running from your heel to the ball of your foot. This band pulls on the heel bone, raising the arch of your foot as it pushes off the ground. But if your foot moves incorrectly, the plantar fascia may become strained. The fascia may swell and its tiny fibers may begin to fray, causing plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is often caused by poor foot mechanics. If your foot flattens too much, the fascia may ache from being pulled too tight.

With plantar fasciitis, the bottom of your foot may hurt when you stand, especially first thing in the morning. Pain usually occurs on the inside of your foot, near the spot wgere your heel and arch meet. Pain may lessen after a few step, but it comes back after rest or with prolonged movement.

Related Problems
A heel spur is extra bone that may grow near the spot where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel. The heel spur may form in response to the plantar fascia’s tug on the heel bone.
Bursitis is the swelling of a bursa, a fluid-filled sac that reduces friction between a ligament and a bone. Bursitis may develop if a swollen plantar fascia presses against a plantar bursa.

Medical History and Physical Exam
Where and when does your foot hurt? Your podiatrist may first ask about your symptoms. Then he or she may feel for damaged ligaments, inflamed tendons, and displace bones or joints. Your podiatrist may also watch you walk to see if your symptoms are caused by incorrect foot movement.

X-rays of your foot may be taken, or you may have a bone scan to confirm a suspected heel spur or a stress fracture of the heel bone.
To check for plantar fasciitis and related problems, your podiatrist may press the bottom of your foot near the heel.

Reducing Symptoms
To relieve mild symptoms, try aspirin, ibuprofen, or other medication as directed. Rubbing ice on the affected area may also help.
To reduce severe pain and swelling, your podiatrist may prescribe pills or injections. Physical therapy, such as ultrasound or stretching exercises, may also be recommended.
To reduce symptoms caused by poor foot mechanics, your foot may be taped. This supports the arch and temporarily controls movement. Night splints may also help by stretching the fascia.

Control Movement 
If tapping helps, your podiatrist may prescribe orthoses. Built from plaster cast of your feet, these insert control the way your foot moves. As a result, your symptoms should go away.

If Surgery Is Needed
Your podiatrist may consider surgery if other type of treatment don’t control your pain. During surgery, the plantar fascia is partially cut to release tension. As you heel, fibrous tissue fills the space between the heel and the plantar fascia.

What can I do?
You can’t stay off your feet altogether, but you can reduce overuse and the risk that come with it. Also, be sure to follow your podiatrist’s treatment plan. Take medication as directed, and wear orthoses if you have them, even while at home.
Every time your foot strikes the ground, the plantar fascia is strechted. You can reduce the strain on the plantar fascia and the possibility of overuse by following these suggestion:

  • Lose any excess weight.
  • Avoid running on hard or uneven ground.
  • Wear shoes or arch slippers that support your arch.
Lakeland Podiatrist Coast 2 Coast Podiatry Group is a poidiatry office providing Heel Spurs, orthopedic, pain, diabetes, bunions and much more in Lakeland, FL. We also do Achilles Tendonitis, Allergic Contact Dermatitis , Athlete's Foot, Brachymetatarsia, Bunions, Calluses, Diabetic Foot Care, Flatfoot (Fallen Arches), Ganglions, Haglund's Deformity, Hallux Rigidus, Hammertoes, Heel Pain/Fasciitis, Infections, Injuries, Ingrown Toenails, Metatarsalgia, Morton's Neuroma, Onychomycosis, Osteoarthritis, Pediatric Foot Care, Plantar Warts, Plantar Fasciitis, Posterior Tibial Dysfunction, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Running Injuries, Sesamoiditis, Sprains/Strains, Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome, Tailor's Bunion, Tendonitis, Toe Deformities, Xerosis and all work related in the 33809 area and surrounding areas in Lakeland