Posterior Heel Spur: Causes, Symptoms & Treatment - Dr Foot Podiatry

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Posterior Heel Spur


Posterior Heel Spur


Posterior heel spur refers to the growth of bone on the Achilles tendon at the back of the heel. This condition can cause pain in the morning or after prolonged periods of sitting, particularly when standing up.

How did this happen?

  • The condition is often the result of repetitive injuries to the heel and Achilles tendon over time, as well as factors like age and overuse.

What should I do?

  • Rest and do not participate in strenuous activities that apply pressure to the foot
  • Ice pack can help reduce inflammation
  • Properly stretch before and after exercise 
  • Anti-inflammatory drugs can be taken to provide temporary pain relief
  • Seek help from a podiatrist

What kind of help can I get?

  • A podiatrist can provide guidance on appropriate footwear and recommend exercises to manage the condition. In some cases, a cam walker may be necessary to immobilize the foot. Shockwave therapy can be considered as a treatment option, and the podiatrist may prescribe medical insoles. If conservative methods fail to alleviate symptoms, surgery might be required.

How long till it recovers?

  • The recovery period varies depending on the severity of the condition and the chosen treatment approach. It can range from a few weeks to a few months. It is recommended to consult with a podiatrist for a proper assessment, personalized treatment plan, and monitoring of progress.

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