Visible Protrusion Under The Heel
Many patients who have heel spurs have observed a visible protrusion under their heel. This protrusion is actually a calcium deposit, and it grows in an outward direction. Since these deposits can be very small, they might be difficult to detect in the early stages. For example, small deposits could be missed on x-rays. If a physician suspects the patient may have a heel spur, a CT scan is usually ordered to confirm this. CT scans can detect spurs that might be missed with other methods. In cases where the patient is in significant pain or the heel spur is debilitating, specialists could recommend surgery to remove the heel spur. An endoscopic plantar fasciotomy is usually performed for this purpose. After making an incision on each side of the heel, the surgeon inserts a camera into one of the sites to view the area. Once the spur is located, it is removed with a knife. The removal allows new fascia to grow in the space where the heel spur was. Patients will normally need to avoid using the affected foot for at least a week, and they are typically able to walk with minimal discomfort after three or four weeks.
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