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Heel Spur

A Heel Spur is a common cause of Heel Pain. It is often confused for Plantar Fasciitis, and can indeed be closely related to it. 

What is a Heel Spur?

A Heel Spur is a foot condition that’s created by a bony-like growth, called a calcium deposit, that extends between your heel bone and arch. 

Heel spurs often start in the front of and underneath your heel. They eventually affect other parts of your foot. They can be various sizes, where some can get up to half an inch in length, and others may not necessarily be visible to the naked eye.

Heel Spur

Signs and Symptoms of Heel Spur

Symptoms of Heel Spur include:

  • pain under the heel in the morning or after rest
  • pain will improve with activity
  • when pressing the area, a sore bony lump can be felt
  • area can feel warm or swollen to touch
  • symptoms can spread to arch of the foot

Causes of Heel Spur

As mentioned above, Heel Spurs can be closely related to Plantar Fasciitis. This is because, if the healing the tears in the plantar fascia doesn't occur, the body can repair the weak soft tissue with bone or 'calcification'. This is one way that Heel Spurs can be created. 

However, it is not the only cause or risk factor. Heel Spurs are overuse injuries, caused by muscle and ligament strain. Repetitive stress from walking, running, or jumping on hard surfaces is a common cause of heel spurs. They may also develop from wearing shoes that don’t support your foot.

Heel spurs may also be caused by:

  • arthritis
  • bruising of the heel
  • excess body weight
  • poorly fitted shoes
  • walking gait issues
  • wearing flip-flops too often
  • worn-out shoes

   

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