Inflammation Relief

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Let’s face it; you spend a lot of time on your feet. After a while, too much stress from standing, walking, and sports related activities can cause an extra bony growth to form on the underside of the foot called a heel spur.

Unfortunately your heel spur may be here to stay since surgery is a delicate issue. And while pain medication can certainly help, it’s only a short term solution. At pt Health however, we’ve introduced another way to deal with heel pain with the Heel Spur Treatment Program.

Our unique approach treats painful inflammation while also breaking down calcium build- up manually.

Physiotherapy for heel spur pain treats inflammation while also attempting to break down calcium build- up manually. So instead of feeling like you’re on pins and needles all day, your feet are feeling just fine.

Heel pain comes in many varieties and sometimes it can be difficult to determine the exact cause. When it comes to Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs, both are the result of excessive stress being placed on the feet whether it be from running, walking, age, or other stresses.


Plantar Fasciitis 


The plantar fascia is the long, thin ligament running along the bottom of your feet. And similar to heel spurs, pain can be felt the moment you stand on your feet after getting out of bed. The pain is stabbing, but dulls as the day goes on. Often, as is the case with runners, a tight calf muscle can cause plantar fasciitis.


Heel Spurs


Heel spurs are result from foot stress as the body heals itself with calcification at the point of injury.  The feeling is similar to plantar fasciitis which is why the two conditions are often confused with one another. Both conditions can also co-exist at the same time. Many times, heel spurs do not cause any pain. 

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Treatment Plan

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Oftentimes high heels, bare feet, diabetes, obesity, sports, and age serve as precursors to developing heel spurs. But the condition can also be congenital as soft tissue pulls at the attachment to bone.

In order to conclusively diagnosis heel spurs an x-ray is needed. Oftentimes however, our physiotherapist can assess the condition by ruling out other problems and assessing your symptoms. Oftentimes we see patients with inflammation around the heel spur due to the plantar fascia pulling on the area. And while the spur itself will never truly go away without a sensitive surgery, it is possible to reduce new bone growth if the problem is caught in its early stages.

When you first visit pt Health for heel spur pain, your therapist will conduct an initial assessment which includes an analysis of your gait. For example, your therapist may discover more stress is being placed on the problematic heel or plantar fascia. They will also look at the strength around your ankle and then begin work on re-training your balance. Specific exercises will focus on strengthening the ankle and stretching the tissue areas of the foot.

Will My Heel Spur Ever Go Away?

Along with re-training, your therapist may also want to attempt to break down calcification using manual and ultrasound therapy.  If your heel spurs are especially painful, your therapist may also suggest acupuncture treatment which can be performed right here at the clinic along with massage therapy.

Recovery Time for Heel Spurs

Because heel spurs are a chronic condition, prognosis can sometimes take upwards of four to twelve weeks before a patient is feeling better.

Heel Spur Education

Certain activities can perpetuate heel spur pain which is why your therapist will also provide education about activities to avoid including walking in bare feet and on hard surfaces. Both of these activities can be irritating to the heel spur.  Additionally, your therapist will also asses you shoes and may suggest additional cushion such as orthotics and taping to give you some relief.

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Coverage Options

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At pt Health, we know that sorting out insurance paperwork can be time-consuming and confusing. We want your focus to be on getting well and staying well. With that in mind, we do our best to help you navigate through the necessary forms. We speak with your insurance providers and we’ll answer any questions you may have about your coverage.

pt Health services are covered by most health care insurance plans.  In most cases, if you are using your extended health care carrier or work plan, we do not require you to pay for your therapy sessions up front.* Instead, we bill your insurance company on your behalf.
If you have extended health care benefits that cover therapy, most auto insurance companies require that your claim be placed through your extended health plan first. Any remaining balances for services are then covered by your auto insurance plan. On your first visit, you may be asked to provide information about your extended health plan. If you do not have extended health care benefits that cover therapy, your treatments may be billed directly through your auto insurance company. For residents of British Columbia, ICBC covers a partial amount of treatment visits. Patients will be asked to co-pay the difference at each visit. If a patient has extended health care benefits, it is possible to claim the difference back.

Although each clinic’s approach to intake, assessment and therapy do vary, generally speaking your physiotherapist will ask a series of questions that will help better describe all of your symptoms in detail. Your physiotherapist can then carry out your assessment. The physiotherapist will examine you physically and discuss the findings, the cause of the problem, and suggest a solution that can effectively treat your health problem.
OHIP covered physiotherapy services must be provided by a designated OHIP physiotherapy clinic. OHIP covers physiotherapy treatments, but does not cover the cost of an initial assessment. To qualify for OHIP coverage, you must have a medial doctor’s referral, be 19 years or younger, be 65 years or older, or be receiving benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program or Family Works. If you have been admitted overnight in hospital for a condition that now requires physiotherapy, you are also eligible.
Some pt Health clinics will be able to bill Blue Cross direction for physiotherapy and massage therapy treatments if you are a member of:

  • RCMP
  • DND
  • Canadian Forces
  • Veterans Affairs

For any treatments that are only partially covered, you may be asked to co-pay the difference at each visit.

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