How to Spot Heel Spurs: Signs, Symptoms, and When to See a Podiatrist

Heel spurs are a common foot ailment that can cause significant discomfort and impact your daily life. Understanding how to spot the signs and symptoms of heel spurs early can lead to more effective treatment and relief. Here’s what you need to know about identifying heel spurs and when to seek help from a podiatrist.


What Are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the underside of the heel bone. They are often associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition involving inflammation of the tissue along the bottom of your foot. Heel spurs themselves are not always painful, but when they are, they can significantly affect your mobility and comfort.


Common Signs and Symptoms

  1. Heel Pain: The most noticeable symptom of heel spurs is a sharp pain in the heel, especially when you first stand up in the morning or after prolonged periods of sitting. The pain can subside to a dull ache as you move around.
  2. Tenderness: You might feel tenderness at the bottom of your heel. This sensitivity can make it uncomfortable to walk or stand for extended periods.
  3. Inflammation and Swelling: Swelling and redness can occur at the site of the spur, often exacerbated by prolonged activity.
  4. Heat Sensation: Some people report a feeling of warmth or heat radiating from the heel.
  5. Difficulty Walking: As the pain and discomfort increase, you may find it hard to walk normally, leading to changes in your gait and posture.


Risk Factors for Heel Spurs

Certain factors can increase your risk of developing heel spurs:

  1. Age: Older adults are more susceptible due to wear and tear on the heel.
  2. Footwear: Wearing shoes that lack proper support or cushioning.
  3. Physical Activity: High-impact activities like running or jumping can strain the heel.
  4. Obesity: Excess body weight increases pressure on the heel.
  5. Foot Structure: Flat feet or high arches can contribute to heel spur development.


When to See a Podiatrist

If you experience persistent heel pain or any of the symptoms mentioned above, it’s important to consult a podiatrist. Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent the condition from worsening and provide relief from pain. Here’s when you should make an appointment:

  1. Consistent Pain: If your heel pain doesn’t improve with rest and home remedies after a few weeks.
  2. Severe Pain: If the pain is severe enough to interfere with your daily activities or walking.
  3. Visible Changes: If you notice visible swelling, redness, or heat in your heel.
  4. Recurring Symptoms: If the symptoms keep coming back even after initial treatment.


Heel spurs can be a painful and disruptive condition, but with early detection and appropriate treatment, you can manage symptoms effectively and get back on your feet. If you suspect you have a heel spur, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. A podiatrist can provide a tailored treatment plan to alleviate your pain and prevent further complications.


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During lockdown there has been much soul searching and questioning if I should continue in Practice or not, given the level of investment required and the measures we must implement to ensure the safety of everyone. Although it will not be easy, I have decided not to be beaten and to continue with The Footings and make it as safe a practice as it could possibly be!  In future when attending clinic, you will be asked to:

 • Stand on a disinfectant mat 

• Use the hand gel provided

 • Put on a mask provided 

The Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) worn by the Podiatrist will consist of: 

• Scrubs 

• Disposable apron

• Face Mask 

• Safety Glasses 

• Mop cap 

• Disposable Gloves 

Only one person will be allowed on the premises at a time to ensure Social Distancing unless you are from the same household, or the patient requires a carer. 

• HEPA filtration unit will be constantly on during clinical sessions. 

• Deep Cleaning equipment is to be used at the end of each treatment 

• Whole room Disinfectant Fogging at the end of each session.

 • Sneeze Screens are being installed both in clinical rooms and Reception area to further ensure safety. 

As I am sure you appreciate these measures are gold standard and are being implemented to ensure safety for all concerned. As a result, I have no choice but to implement an increase in fees to reflect that standard. Therefore, Podiatry fees for consultation plus treatment will be £55. Appointments are now being prioritised for the most at risk patients, but extra clinics are being made available so we can catch up with everyone soon.