Heel Spur Surgery: Not a Spur of the Moment Decision

Deciding whether or not to have heel spur surgery is no laughing matter. If nagging heel pain has been taking the fun out of your daily routine, a night out might help. If you live in or near Austin, TX, don’t miss the Moontower Comedy Festival coming up April 23-26, 2014. You will be treated to several nights of world-class comedy from local up-and-comers and national headliners. Taking this much needed break will clear your mind, and help you determine your next steps. If you have questions, the Austin experts in rearfoot surgery have the answers!


First of all, a heel spur is an abnormal growth of bone on the heel. A spur can develop under the sole of the foot where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. While heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, they are generally not the cause of it. These growths can also form at the back of the heel and be associated with inflammation to the Achilles tendon. In many cases, spurs cause no symptoms at all. However, some can cause great pain and tenderness while standing or walking. If this is your daily struggle, what treatment options have you considered?


We generally try every form of conservative treatment possible before resulting to surgery. Rest, icing, physical therapy, stretching exercises, custom orthotics, cortisone injections, splints, and shockwave therapy are common methods to help recurring heel pain. If your discomfort has remained despite these types of treatment methods, then it may be time to discuss surgical options. There are different surgeries that can be done, and an evaluation of your foot health will dictate the best course of action.


Heel pain is no joke, and you don’t have to deal with it alone. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS can put the spring back in your step. Dial (512) 328-8900, or schedule an appointment online.


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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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