Heel Pain X-ray YES or NO by Dr Brenden Brown – Podiatrist

Heel Pain X-ray YES or NO by Dr Brenden Brown – Podiatrist

Heel Pain X-ray YES or NO by Dr Brenden Brown - Podiatrist

Transcript

So, you've got heel pain and you want to know whether or not you need an X-ray. Well, guess what? I'm here to tell you that you most probably don't.

Why you ask? Most times no matter what great aunt Beth tells you, heel spurs on the bottom of your heel don't actually cause pain.

Now we know that because stacks of people actually have and present with heel spurs, but actually have no pain whatsoever.

You need to trust your clinician to actually make the right diagnosis for you. We know from research as well that heel spurs don't cause pain.

There's stacks of evidence out there, so you probably are better off spending your money and your time getting other treatments or information rather than getting an X-ray.

I hope that helps. Make sure you head to our information below and our links to look up more information about heel pain, foot types, and other sports injuries. We look forward to making you happy, healthy and active.

Bye for now.

There’s something special about shoes, they give you a high like nothing else.Edgardo Osorio, Aquazzura Fashion Designer

ABOUT DR BRENDEN BROWN

Founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care in Sydney, and former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Dr Brenden Brown (A.K.A Dr Foot) is a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of your feet, including how to find the best shoes.

Follow him on social media:
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* No medical treatment can guarantee 100% success. Registered medical and health professions in Australia are by law not allowed to guarantee success. This comes as a result of all human bodies reacting differently to treatments. Patients should thoroughly consider all treatment options available to them.

Heel spur and Why you don’t have one by Dr Brenden Brown – Podiatrist

Heel spur and Why you don’t have one by Dr Brenden Brown – Podiatrist

Heel spur and Why you don’t have one by Dr Brenden Brown - Podiatrist

Transcript
So let's talk about do heel spurs actually cause pain? Guess what? The answer is probably not. Most pain in your heel is actually a result of soft tissue injury. That's right. The tendons, muscles, or nerves around your heel are the reason for the pain, and not the bony spur at all.

Now, how do we know this? There's stacks of ways and one of them is research. So we've done loads of research that actually shows that on taking x-rays of oodles of people, we've found that despite lots of people having x-rays, only a very tiny percent of those people actually have any pain. Now, if the spur causes the pain, shouldn't they all have pain? Hmmm, yeah, you see, that's one of the reasons why we know that most heel spurs don't cause pain.

Now what else do we know? Heel spurs don't come and go, right? Once you've got a heel spur, it's there the whole time. It's not going to come and go like the cast of "Neighbours." No one's moving to Queensland to get a job, right? Okay, so your spur is not going to suddenly appear and not appear, but that's what often happens with pain in your heel.

So again, that's a classic example of why it's most likely not a result of the heel spur.

The second thing that people often tell me is that they had a heel spur but it dissolved or it went away, or they smashed it with a Bible. Hmmm, again, I've got to tell you, in 20+ years of doing this job, I've never seen one that's dissolved, and I've never seen a successful smashing of a Bible on the spur. So it's most likely, again, not a heel spur.

There’s something special about shoes, they give you a high like nothing else.Edgardo Osorio, Aquazzura Fashion Designer

I realise that there's stacks of information out there and Auntie Bess is going to tell you that it's a heel spur that's causing your pain. Somewhere along the lines, you're going to have to trust me more than Auntie Bess. I hope that helps you with some of the confusion about why it's probably not a heel spur.

Want more information? That's fantastic. There's stacks of videos that we've made. Look down below. There's most likely a link there, or check us out on YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, etc., all the normal socials because we've got stacks of educational videos on heel pain and all the other conditions that we look after. Thanks and stay happy, healthy and active.

ABOUT DR BRENDEN BROWN

Founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care in Sydney, and former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Dr Brenden Brown (A.K.A Dr Foot) is a wealth of knowledge on how to take care of your feet, including how to find the best shoes.

Follow him on social media:
 instagram.com/askdrfoot
 facebook.com/podiatristsydney
 twitter.com/AStepAheadFAC

* No medical treatment can guarantee 100% success. Registered medical and health professions in Australia are by law not allowed to guarantee success. This comes as a result of all human bodies reacting differently to treatments. Patients should thoroughly consider all treatment options available to them.

Think you have a heel spur? Think again

Think you have a heel spur? Think again

Think you have a heel spur? Think again - 1

Think you have a heel spur? Think again

There’s a myriad mystery and misinformation about heel spurs. Just the thought alone of having a hard protruding growth on the bottom of the heel is more than a little alarming — but really, it needn’t be.

What is a heel spur?

“A heel spur is a small bony growth at the underside of the heel bone. People call it a spur or a calcification. We might also call it an exostosis (a benign outgrowth of cartilaginous tissue),” explains sports podiatrist and founder of A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care Dr Brenden Brown.

“Heel spurs are incredibly common. I see it in about 40-50% of the x-rays I perform. “However, the vast majority of people with heel spurs experience NO PAIN whatsoever.

“In all of the time I have been a podiatrist (which is 20 plus years) I have seen two symptomatic heel spurs. I’ve seen lots of heel spurs but only two that have ever presented with associated pain.

“So if we talk about the signs of symptoms of heel spurs there aren’t really any apart from having a large bony or hard nodule on the underside of the heel pad that doesn’t feel the same as the other foot and cannot be depressed (pushed or squashed).

“99% of people who come to me saying they have pain from a heel spur do not have pain as a result of a spur.

“A heel spur won’t bother you unless it’s prominent beneath your foot and the orientation of the spur is angled more towards the ground; this could cause some pain and discomfort. However, I’ve read about these types of spurs but I’ve never even seen one. Not in 20 years of practicing.”

Think you have a heel spur? Think again - 2

5 heel spur facts

  1. Your pain is most likely not caused by a heel spur

The vast array of people with heel spurs have NEVER HAD A DAY OF PAIN in their life

  1. Heel spur pain doesn’t come and go like a yo-yo

In those very rare cases where people do have a heel spur that’s causing them pain—the pain doesn’t come and go.

“If you have a friend who tells you they had a heel spur and the pain went away you have to ask yourself ‘where did that pain go?’ The pain of a heel spur isn’t like the cast of Neighbours – it doesn’t travel from Melbourne to Queensland to get a job and never return!”

  1. Silica won’t cure a heel spur

“People have told me they took silica and it miraculously dissolves their spur. I have to ask these patients ‘how on earth did the silica dissolve your bony spur but manage to leave the rest of the foot in tact. How did it not also dissolve the frontal lobe of your skull?”

  1. No operation needed

Even if you do have a heel spur, which most of the time is an incidental finding on an x-ray, you don’t need an operation to remove it.

  1. Cortisone won’t help your heel pain

For most people cortisone is useless in treating heel pain. In fact, studies have shown that after three months 56% of people who were having cortisone injections for their heel pain had zero reduction in pain.

If it’s not a heel spur — what is causing my pain?

Heel pain can be caused by a variety of other reasons including: plantar fasciitis, plantar fasciosis, abductor hallucis strain or tibialis posterior tendinosis.

If you are suffering from heel pain, be sure to visit your local podiatrist but don’t be fooled into automatically thinking that it’s a heel spur—it’s highly likely that it’s not!

Related articles:

10 things you should know about heel pain

A Step Ahead Foot + Ankle Care is one of Sydney’s leading foot and ankle clinics. Principal podiatrist and founder of A Step Ahead Dr Brenden Brown (AKA Dr Foot) has been taking care of people’s feet for more than 20 years.

With a background in sports medicine and having served as a former president of the Australasian Podiatry Council, Brenden is a wealth of information when it comes to foot and ankle care.

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