Endoscopic removal of heel spurs
Excessive wear and tear on the foot and heel is the main cause of heel spurs and cases of Haglund’s deformity, which are both very common. Heel spurs can be endoscopically removed via a very gentle procedure. These two related forms of foot condition and their symptoms can easily be distinguished. As the name suggests, the “lower” heel spur refers to a traditional heel spur and its associated pain on the lower part of the heel. The so-called Haglund’s deformity occurs on the upper part of the heel and causes pain in that region.
How is surgery performed?
When it comes to Haglund’s deformity, the first course of treatment is shock wave therapy, which, if unsuccessful, will be followed by surgery. Lower heel spurs are often only treated surgically. Before surgery, your orthopaedic specialist will clearly mark the area to be treated. Then, via a small incision, a mini-camera and other surgical instruments will be inserted into the foot. The heel spur will then be removed as gently as possible. The bone in the area undergoing surgery will be smoothed in order to reduce the risk of inflammation following the operation.
Endoscopic heel spur removal is considered to be very gentle and heals quickly. Treating your heel spurs endoscopically can have many advantages, such as small incisions that provide for quick healing and a low risk of infection. Soon after surgery, you’ll be able to weight bear again and in just a few weeks you’ll be completely back on your feet. Endoscopic heel spur surgery is also considered to be very comfortable for patients, making this an ideal option for patients looking for stress-free treatment.
Would you like more information about Haglund’s deformity or about heel spur surgery? Make your appointment today for a preliminary examination with your orthopaedic specialist Professor Lill in Munich!