Heel Spur Syndrome / Enthesopathy

Heel spur syndrome, enthesopathy, is defined as pain under the heel of the foot, due to the inflammation of the heel bone (calcareous) where it attached large ligament (plantar fascia). The spur growing out of the heel bone is actually bone calcification extending into plantar fascia. This condition often presents with plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms include:

  • Pain under the heel
  • Pain worse following weight bearing activities

Risk Factors:

  • Poor flexibility (eg. calf tightness)
  • Poor biomechanics (eg. Over pronation)
  • Inappropriate footwear
  • Standing on hard surfaces
  • overweight

Assessment – The podiatrists at toe-tal will diagnose the condition through a biomechanical assessment or X-ray, and go through all the necessary treatments listed below to help get you on the right path.

Treatment: – It is important to follow a rehabilitation program so your injury doesn’t reoccur.

  1. Rest/reduce activity levels (especially running and jumping)
  2. Ice for 15 minutes – use a frozen coke bottle and roll under the arch of your foot, slowly increasing the force you use as you push down
  3. Stretching and strengthening exercises – (talk to podiatrist what exercises require to do)
  4. Low dye strapping –(podiatrist at toe-tal will show you how to do)
  5. Take non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain, maximum 7 days (contact GP if have any concerns)
  6. Orthotic therapy
  7. Correct biomechanics
  8. Wear good supportive shoes most of the time – (talk to the podiatrist at toe-tal about what footwear suits your foot best)
  9. Wear gel heel pad
  10. Lose weight if overweight
  11. Corticosteroid Injections

Contact Us.

Please contact the appropriate location for bookings.

Salisbury Medical Centre
PH: 3277 1621 - Fax: 3277 2887

 ACE Sports Medicine – Hibiscus Sports Complex
PH: 3349 5733 - Fax: 3349 5122

 Acacia Ridge Day And Night Chemmart Pharmacy
PH: 3277 4220 - Fax: 3255 5644

 Brisbane Medical Specialists – Tarragindi
PH: 3184 0400 - Fax: 3892 7094

 Morningside General Practice Clinics – Morningside Plaza
PH: 3399 4685 - Fax: 3395 7377

Any other enquiries please email info@toetalpodiatry.com.au or call 0422 389 652