Heel spurs are a bony growth that you can sometimes touch and view on the underside of your foot. Most people assume heel spurs cause pain, but that not usually the outcome. One out of ten people will form a heel spur, only one out of twenty will have symptoms that are painful.
Symptoms & Causes – Heel Spur
A heel spur is formed when a calcium deposit under the heel bone is formed. Heel spurs are usually associated with plantar fasciitis because they are both are located in the same area near the heel and share similar symptoms.
Generally heel spurs are pain-free conditions, but that’s not always the case. Sometimes they can cause pain in the heel while you cleaning, gardening, or cooking. Most people who have had spurs describe the pain feeling liking a sharp razor or needle stabbing the bottom of their heel when they stand straight up in the morning. The pain will usually subside for a brief time at night then return in the morning and become a dull ache that comes and goes throughout the day.
Spurs form when calcium deposits build up on the heel bone, this process takes multiple months to calcify fully. Causes can include recurring strains, extreme stretching and repetitive micro-tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone.
Risk: Activities that may increase heel bone spurs include:
- No Support: Un-supportive shoes that are to tight and cramp the toes.
- Erratic Movement: Abnormal walking patterns that place excessive weight on the heel and pads, which will cause de-alignment.
- Excessive Exercise: Frequent high energy speed walking, jogging, or running on hard surfaces. Still exercise, but in a calm and relaxing way that won’t overstress your feet.
Diagnosis & Treatment – Heel Spur
Preventing Heel Spurs:
The best way to reduce your chance of forming a heel spur is to stay light, active, and health while also wearing comfortable loose-fitting shoes. Find shoes that absorb shock well, stretch your feet every other day and lastly make sure you get those feet massaged monthly.
Surgery may become an option if the pain becomes unbearable or if basic treatments fail to alleviate pain within 1year. Typical surgical procedures:
- Removing the heel spur
If recurring heel pain becomes to severe, consult with a foot doctor. They might advise these common treatments.
- Orthotic Products
- Special Shoes
- Foot Therapy
- Foot Wraps