CVFA’s doctors provide experienced diagnosis and treatment for common foot and ankle conditions, including heel spur posterior.
Heel spur posterior refers to the growth of small deposits on the heel bone. The heel bone, also known as calcaneus, is located at the back of the foot.
The small deposits, made up of calcium, can build up on the bottom of the heel and create what is known as a spur. Generally, these spurs will point forwards toward the arch of the foot.
Heel spurs are typically caused by constant stress to the ligaments and tissue of the foot, and are often associated with plantar fasciitis.
Heel spurs are more common in people who jog or run, have flat feet, wear improperly fitting shoes or are obese.
Heel spur posterior does not always cause symptoms and may have no effect on a patient’s daily life. More severe symptoms, however, may cause varying degrees of pain. Pain may increase after long periods of rest.
Patients may have problems placing weight on the afflicted heel and activities such as walking and running may be difficult.
Most cases of heel spur posterior rely on non-surgical treatment options. Lifestyle changes and proper care of the foot may be all that’s necessary to treat heel spurs. Treating the afflicted area with ice, arch supports, physical therapy and pain medications may relieve symptoms.
Only in a relatively few number of cases is surgery recommended for the treatment of heel spur posterior, which generally involves removing the heel spur and often treating related issues such as plantar fasciitis.
The doctors at Coachella Valley Foot and Ankle help you determine the severity of this condition - and a treatment plan that is right for you.