Ask An Orthopedist: Can ACL Tears Cause Heel Spurs?

Calendar March 14, 2017

Question: I tore my ACL in my left knee back in 2004. I’ve recently been experiencing pain in both my knee and my heel. My pain and discomfort is starting to affect my work, therefore, I need opinions on how to solve my problems.

I doubt the ACL tear is causing you pain, but you may be developing some arthritis in the knee and that certainly can cause pain. “Heel spurs” are actually inflammation of a thick band of tissue in the bottom of the foot – have you had any treatment for them? Padded heel supports, stretching exercises, medication, and injections are all ways of treating the problem. If you haven’t had a recent evaluation of the knee and foot I would recommend an appointment with an orthopedist to find out what’s wrong and what can be done.

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