Heel Spurs | Grand Rapids

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On average, people take 6,000 to 10,000 steps each day. With each step there are normal movement patterns that should be completed. When these patterns deviate from normal, a variety of conditions can often result.

A heel spur is an abnormal growth of the heel bone. The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot and absorbs the shock and pressure of every step you take.

A heel spur is a calcium deposit that forms when the plantar fascia (a band of tissue that runs the bottom length of the foot) pulls away from the heel (a condition called plantar fasciitis) and a bony protrusion develops. This condition can cause extreme heel pain, especially while standing or walking. It might surprise you to learn that plantar fasciitis, not the heel spur, is the main cause of pain.

  • Extreme pain in the heel
  • Increased pain when standing or walking

  • Excessive rolling inward of the foot (over-pronation) while walking
  • Unusually high arches or flat feet
  • Tight calf muscles and/or Achilles tendons
  • Inadequate arch support
  • Improperly fitted shoes
  • Excess body weight

*Note: Women have a significantly higher incidence of developing heel spurs than men due to a tendency to wear unsupportive and poorly fitted shoes.

  • Determine cause of excessive stretching of the plantar fasciitis
  • Stretch regularly
  • Lose excess body weight
  • Choose low-impact exercise
  • Add heel cradle or cup insert for comfort and cushioning
  • Add arch support to reduce excessive stretching
  • Wear shoes that absorb shock
  • Wear specialty rocker bottom shoes

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Supportive athletic, casual or dress shoes
  • Chung Shi and other rocker soled shoes
  • Custom-fitted, custom-crafted arch supports (orthotics)
  • Over-the-counter arch supports (orthotics)
  • Soothing relief gel

Visit a Foot Solutions fit expert today for a free digital foot assessment, consultation and treatment recommendations for effective non-invasive solutions.

CONSULT ONE OF OUR FIT EXPERTS TODAY!

Rob Skinner
Certified Pedorthist / Owner
Mark Wragg
Certified Pedorthist / Manager

Click here or call (616) 698-7200 to schedule an appointment with one of Foot Solutions' highly-trained professionals.

 
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