Heel spurs are synonymous with plantar fasciitis and occur when calcium deposits build up, usually over a period of many months, on the underside of the heel bone. Heel spurs are typically caused when foot ligaments and muscles are strained by the stretching of the plantar fasicia, and by continued tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone. The injury is typical among active individuals like athletes and can sideline a patient for months.
At Podiatry and Barefoot Wellness Centers, our first course of action is always conservative care that focuses on gait correction and postural balance with functional orthotics, natural injections and medicine that increase the body’s healing power, and acupuncture to target the body’s energy flows. But there are times when conservative care isn’t enough.
Our surgeons practice an innovative “1-stitch Heel Spur Surgery” technique that is much less invasive than traditional foot surgery and reduces healing time from 6 months to 4-6 weeks. 1-stitch surgery is ideal for athletes who need to get moving again quickly because it’s an ambulatory surgery that has patients walking on the first day.
The success of the technique is attributed to its ability to target the root cause of the heel pain directly, the tight plantar fascia. The patient enters a twilight sleep with minimal anesthesia, and the entire procedure takes about 15 minutes. Although it is proven successful, 1-Stitch Heel Spur Surgery is not widely practiced due to its difficulty and high level of specialization.
Podiatry and Barefoot Wellness Center’s Dr. Eric Shultz has performed the heel spur surgery thousands of times in his career and typically has patients walking or even running by the 3rd or 4th week. If you have heel pain, please schedule a consultation to learn how our holistic approaches to podiatry and advanced surgical techniques can help you.