A new study on radiation therapy proves to be good news for those suffering from painful heel spurs. The procedure, which aims a small beam of radiation at a specific part of the body, is designed to pinpoint the areas that cause heel spurs and eliminate the pain. “Radiation therapy has been used for its anti-inflammatory effect for more than 60 years,” says Marcus Niewald, MD, a radiation oncologist at Saarland University. “We are very extremely encouraged by the results of our research because evidence of improved quality of life for patients is clearly evident with the standard dose regimen.”
Eliminating the pain associated with heel spurs is a huge leap forward in improving the lives of over two million Americans who suffer from this kind of pain. If you are experiencing significant pain in your heels or the ball of your foot, where the plantar fascia is, then it is highly recommended you seek the care of a podiatrist like Dr. Bryant Tarr of Sudbury & Westford Podiatry. Dr. Tarr will examine your feet and diagnose any heel spurs you might be suffering from, as well as provide you with the appropriate treatment options.
Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be a cause from small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching it to the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.
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