Your doctor has elected to schedule you for a heel spur surgery. The surgical procedure most commonly performed by the doctors at Beaumont Foot Specialists is a fluoroscopic assisted plantar fascial release. This procedure is an evolution of the most state of the art techniques that have been developed through more than 35 years of combined experience. In this procedure, the spur is isolated through the use of an x-ray imaging device known as a fluoroscope. Next, a small 1/2" incision is made on the inside of your heel, and either a portion or the entire plantar fascia is released with a microsurgical scalpel. Suffering from heel pain is bad enough but not knowing what’s causing it or how to make it stop just makes it worse! Terms like heel spurs and Plantar fasciitis (PLAN-tur fas-e-I-tis) get used interchangeably but how do you determine what’s causing your heel pain? An incredible pain in their heel when you take you first steps in the morning or after getting up from being seated for a while? Any one or even all of these symptoms could indicate plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs don’t always cause pain. In fact, heel spurs often show up unexpectedly on X-rays taken for some other problem. Every time you stop going to the gym, you stall your progress. Whether it’s to gain muscle, burn fat, or just keeping your cardio up, you stop yourself from progressing. I know that the last thing you want to do is exercise while you having sharp pains in your feet, but consider this. If every time you stopped exercising for a particular reason, wouldn’t that slow you down in everything else? It should be noted as well that this condition can potentially return after it resolves if the growth plate has not yet fused. Although less common, repeated bouts of the inflammation are possible, especially in very active children. Posterior Achilles tendon bursitis is another heel condition that causes pain. This condition of the foot is caused when a person walks in such a manner that the soft tissues behind the heel exert a lot of pressure when pressed against the back support of the shoe. The inflammation of the bursa leads to increased amount of pain. The bursa that is located between the skin of the heel and the Achilles tendon becomes susceptible to pain and tenderness. As a result, the area becomes hard and red, and is located high on the back of the heel. There is now a treatment that is considered to be very successful. This treatment is known as Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT). It has been approved by the FDA. This type of treatment is considered to be safe for pain in the heel and arch. Now let's find out more about this treatment. It is a non-invasive type of treatment that delivers high-energy sound waves to the heel or arch. These sound waves promote normal tissue healing. It is interesting to know, that this type of treatment is also used to treat kidney stones.