After you’ve had a bone spur removed, you may be tempted to think that the worst is over. After all, the thing that was causing you pain has been taken out. There’s no way you could go through that kind of pain again, right?
Wrong. Even though you may have had a bone spur surgically removed from your heel, there’s no guarantee you can prevent the pain of a heel spur from coming back—or suffering another spur elsewhere on your body. The best way to reduce your chances of this happening is to make permanent changes in your foot health after you have recovered from surgery, including:
- Taking your time. It will take you a while to perform your daily activities after surgery. During healing, even walking will be painful, so you must stay off your feet as much as possible. If you try to rush your recovery, you can make your condition worse and actually extend your healing time.
- Changing your shoes. A trusted Philadelphia podiatrist can tell you that most recurring heel spurs are caused by ill-fitting footwear. If you’re not sure about your shoes, always ask your doctor for advice.
- Using inserts. If the shape of your foot encourages spurs to grow, you may need shoe inserts to relieve pressure on your heel. You can also get custom orthotics that are molded to fit your foot.
- Exercising and stretching. Plantar fasciitis can encourage the symptoms of bone spurs, so regular foot stretching will relieve the tension on the tendon.
At HealthMark Foot & Ankle Associates, we can advise you on the best treatment for your heel pain from your very first consultation. Call us today for an appointment in Media at 610-565-3668 or in Phoenixville at 610-933-8644.