It isn't exactly the most reassuring word.
"I think I have a heel spur" -
does this sound like you?
At least one client each day declares to me they have a heel spur.
A recent study involving thousands of feet found that spurs are very common!
Many people have heel spurs and they don't have any pain.
Heel spurs develop in both females and males as part of ageing.This means that it is completely okay that you have a spur and your prognosis is great!
Generally speaking scans are not required for diagnosis. If required, ultrasound is the best way of assessing the heel rather than complex and expensive scans (eg MRI's).
TRUTH - Heel spurs are NOT the cause of your pain
The spur itself is not pushing into the flesh and making our foot sore. Rather that pain is caused by years of tight muscles pulling on bone causes more bone to form - insert heel spur!
TRUTH- Pain can be from other structures too!
The location of heel pain varies greatly, some pain is found in the plantar fascia and some is found in the smaller foot muscles. Not all heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis. Get the right diagnosis to help!
TRUTH- the spur isn't causing pain so removal would have no change!
The spur is not the cause of the pain though and if we were to remove it you would still be in pain AND you have a big cut in your foot. Neither are ideal nor helpful!
If you are having heel pain book an appointment today to keep active!