Physical therapy for heel spurs in Germantown, Maryland

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Meet with the best heel spurs physical therapists in Germantown, Maryland

Germantown, Maryland, Luna has physical therapists specializing in treating plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Focusing on helping patients return to their loved activities, our PTs design treatment plans that reduce pain, restore flexibility, improve muscle control, and help prevent re-injury.

Best of all, with Luna, patients can receive physical therapy for heel spurs in the comfort of their homes. Our physical therapists come to you; it’s physical therapy, delivered.

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What are heel spurs?

Heel spurs are bony, sometimes painful protrusions of calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone which can extend forward by as much as one-half inch. They’re frequently associated with plantar fasciitis or inflammation of the connective tissue that attaches the heel bone to the bottom of the foot. Both conditions are prevalent in athletes who frequently run and jump.

Many patients describe the pain associated with heel spurs as feeling like a knife is sticking into the bottom of their foot. The pain is often most intense when the patient first stands up in the morning — it usually subsides to a dull ache throughout the day. Patients may find that the pain returns if they stand after sitting. On the other hand, some patients experience no pain associated with their heel spur and may not even realize they have one.

While some heel spurs may require surgery, more than 90 percent of patients rely on behavioral modifications and physical therapy to reduce pain and increase mobility.

Source: WebMD

Heel spur symptoms

Heel spurs can be difficult to identify and diagnose. Firstly, only about half of patients with heel spurs will also suffer from associated pain. Secondly, the condition can be difficult to distinguish from other causes of foot pain.

Heel spurs are typically only confirmed with X-rays or other medical tests. Patients must see an orthopedic surgeon or podiatrist to know whether a heel spur or another ailment causes their foot pain.

The most common symptoms of heel spurs include:

  • Heel pain
  • Swelling
  • Inflammation

Source: Healthline

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What causes heel spurs?

Heel spurs develop gradually over time as long-term strain on the muscles and ligaments in the heel wears down the surrounding soft tissue. Patients who participate in activities that cause repeated stress on the heels tend to be at higher risk.

Heel spurs can also be caused by other activities or pre-existing conditions that stress the heel. Poorly-fitted, worn-out, or unsupportive shoes can increase a patient’s risk of developing heel spurs, as can excess body weight or an irregular gait. Arthritis and plantar fasciitis can also contribute to heel spurs; more than half of all heel spur cases occur in patients with plantar fasciitis.

The most common causes of heel spurs include:

  • Repeated stress on the heel
  • Shoes that lack proper support
  • Excess body weight
  • Plantar fasciitis
Source: Healthline

Physical therapy for heel spurs in Germantown, Maryland

More than 90 percent of patients with heel spurs do not require surgery and can see significant improvement with physical therapy alone. While physical therapy can’t eliminate heel spurs, it can reduce inflammation that causes pain and impedes mobility.

An experienced physical therapist will likely combine stretching, taping, massage, and lower leg strengthening exercises to create a heel spur recovery plan that’s safe, effective, and designed to prevent re-injury. Typically, a heel spur physical therapy plan will focus on pain relief, flexibility, range of motion, muscle control, and a return to normal activity.

Source: Physioworks
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Frequently asked questions

Where are Luna therapists seeing patients?

Across the Germantown area, our therapists are at your service for in-home physical therapy sessions. We're committed to reaching you wherever you are, in any neighborhood we cover, to ensure that your PT experience is as convenient and accessible as possible.

Is physical therapy covered by insurance?

With Luna, you have access to a wide array of insurance plans, and we handle the benefits verification on your behalf. Your co-pay at Luna will always match the exact co-pay outlined in your insurance plan for a PT clinic visit. We welcome all major insurances and Medicare.

Is there a waiting list for new patients?

Not at all—we aim to ensure that patients can easily commence their physical therapy with us! New patients are always welcome, and for most, their first at-home physical therapy appointment can be scheduled within just 48 hours of signing up. Our therapists are available from 6:30 am to 8:30 pm, seven days a week, providing the flexibility you need. Check Availability.

Who are Luna’s physical therapists?

At Luna, our therapists are highly experienced—they have a minimum of 3 years of treating patients, often with considerably more experience. Each therapist undergoes a comprehensive interview process and thorough background check. We exclusively collaborate with therapists dedicated to providing high-quality care to their patients.

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