What are Heel Spurs?
A heel spur is a pointed bony outgrowth of the bone of the heel (the calcaneus bone). They are attributed to chronic local inflammation at the insertion of soft tissue tendons or fascia in the area. Heel spurs can be located at the back of the heel or under the heel, beneath the sole of the foot.
The plantarfascia is the “bowstring-like” tissue stretching underneath the sole that attaches at the heel. Plantar heel spurs cause localized tenderness and pain made worse when stepping down on the heel.
Symptoms of Heel Spurs
Heel spurs at the back of the heel are frequently associated with inflammation of the achilles tendon (tendinitis) and cause tenderness and pain at the back of the heel made worse while pushing off the ball of the foot.
Treating Heel Spurs with Osteopathy
Heel spurs are treated by measures that decrease the associated inflammation and avoid reinjury. Local ice applications both reduce pain and inflammation. Osteopathic manipulation, as well as stretching exercises, are used to treat and prevent plantarfasciitis.
Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen or injections of cortisone, are often helpful.
Your North Melbourne osteopath is expertly trained to determine the most appropriate form of treatment that is tailored specifically for you.
Initial Consultation (45-50 mins) $110.00
Standard Consultation (30 mins) $85.00
Long Consultation (60 mins) $140.00
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Most private health insurance companies cover Osteopathy for Heel Spurs. We recommend contacting your medical insurance company to clarify the terms and conditions of your policy.
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