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Heel Conditions: Retrocalcaneal Exostosis (Achilles Heel Spur)

 

Sue discusses her Achilles bone spur surgery and overall experience at University Foot and Ankle Institute.

What is an Achilles Heel Spur?

Retrocalcaneal exostosis (also known as an Achilles bone/heel spur) is the overgrowth of bone on the back of the heel. This painful condition is often related to the chronic tugging of a tight Achilles tendon on the heel bone (calcaneus). 

 

The bone spurs can destroy the attachment of the Achilles tendon so it is important to seek proper medical attention at the onset of the condition.

 

UFAI, the right choice for your heel spur care

The team of physicians at University Foot and Ankle Institute has extensive experience treating Achilles conditions and spur removal related to retrocalcaneal exostosis. 

 

With the most technologically advanced equipment at our disposal, we are committed to offer the highest quality of foot and ankle care to our patients.

 

Thank you for all your care and support. After 5 years of pain, you took care of things permanently for me. I can't tell you what a joy it is to be able to walk or simply pick up my kid and not be in pain. I'm forever grateful that you were my doctor. Thank you for everything from the bottom of my heart. Miriam

Achilles Heel Spur Symptoms

 

Patients may experience pain, swelling, redness and a bony bump along the back of the heel bone. Symptoms often increase with activity or shoes that rub the back of the heel. This condition typically affects adults, and because of the types of shoes women wear, they are more at risk.

 

As the bone spur develops, it becomes increasingly painful to wear shoes.

 

 

Treatment of Achilles Heel Spurs

 

Retrocaneal Exotosis - Achilles Heel Spur, UFAI

Non-surgical Care of retrocalcaneal exostosis

Conservative treatment of retrocalcaneal exostosis directly correlates with the condition’s severity. Therapies include:

  • Oral anti-inflammatory medication
  • Physical therapy to increase flexibility and reduce inflammation of the tendon
  • Orthotics to reduce pull on the Achilles tendon and support the arch
  • Cast immobilization to decrease stress on the Achilles
  • Immobilization in a boot

 

Surgical Care of retrocalcaneal exostosis

If surgery becomes necessary, removal of scar tissue with the Topaz procedure may be used to remove scar tissue and increase blood supply to the tendon. This does not eliminate the heel bone spur, but can relieve swelling to the Achilles and reduce pain. Read more about the Topaz procedure here.

 

If spur removal is required, the procedure may be done arthroscopically to limit the incision and trauma to the area. Surgery with an open incision may be needed in severe cases. The key to a good outcome is a solid reattachment of the Achilles tendon and complete removal of scar tissue and bone spurs.

 

 

Why University Foot and Ankle Institute for Retrocalcaneal Exostosis treatment?

 

Achilles Bone Spur, Retrocalcaneal Exostosis Surgery

The Foot and Ankle Institute doctors have decades of combined experience in the conservative and surgical care of Achilles tendinosis and spur removal related to retrocalcaneal exostosis.

 

We are pleased to offer multiple locations throughout Greater Los Angeles and Southern California.  Our Valencia, Sherman Oaks, Beverly Hills, Manhattan Beach, West Los Angeles, West Hills, Santa Barbara and Santa Monica Podiatry locations offer a range of services including full radiology, MRI, neurosensory nerve testing, and ultrasound. This means you will rarely have to go from office to office if tests are ordered.

 

We are also proud to offer state of the art surgical centers and physical therapy services conveniently located within our Valencia and Santa Monica Podiatry offices and close to our other locations. Our advanced services get you back on your feet and back to your life in the least amount time possible!

 

 

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