Does a heel spur need to be removed?


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Houston heel spur surgeryI always tell my patients that surgery is a last resort and surgery to remove heel spurs is no different. In the experience of this foot doctor in Houston, surgery is necessary in less than 5% of heel pain cases. There are many ways to solve heel pain outside of an operation.


Some non-surgical methods for resolving heel pain include anti-inflammatory medication, insoles, custom orthotics, stretching, strapping, cortisone injections, and physical therapy. More advanced modalities, such as shockwave therapy are available to further reduce the need for surgery.


If the heel spur continues to cause pain, surgery may be recommended by your Houston podiatrist. The surgery to remove a heel spur is done on an outpatient basis and the procedure lasts less than one hour. In most cases, you'll be able to bear weight on the foot immediately after surgery. Contact the Houston heel spur surgeons to see what treatment would be the most effective to alleviate your heel pain.

Dr. Andrew Schneider
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A podiatrist and foot surgeon in Houston, TX.