Heel Spur Removal
How do we treat heel spurs?
Heel spurs at the back of the heel bone occurs due to either a genetic predisposition to an extra growth known as haglunds deformity or as a result of wear and tear and calcification at the insertion of the Achilles.
Diagnosis of heel spurs:
Patients who suffer from heel spurs often complain of pain with footwear irritation and swelling at the back of the heel. There is also pain first thing in the morning and after activity.
X-rays can show the heel spur and sometimes an MRI is used to assess any local achilles tendon degeneration.
The exostectomy, also called a resection (cutting) of bone, is commonly performed to remove the bony prominence (pump bump) on the back of the heel. The goal of this procedure is to reduce the pain associated with this condition.
After making an incision at the back of the heel to gain access to bone and tendon, the podiatric surgeon:
- Inspects the bone and surrounding soft tissue
- Removes the bony prominence
- Removes any damaged tissue around Achilles tendon
There may be a cast and special boot used for a few weeks after the removal of the heel spur.
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