A heel spur is also known as a calcaneal spur and is a bony growth formed by calcium deposits on the underside of the foot. They can have a pointy, hooked, or shelf-like shape. Heel spurs are the body’s way of trying to protect the foot from another foot condition, such as plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs can also arise from arthritis, overuse, obesity, and improper footwear. These growths do not always cause pain but when they do, the heel can be tender, with dull or sharp pain when standing. Usually, it is the underlying condition that causes the pain. Women are more likely to get heel spurs than men. A diagnosis will consist of a visual examination of the foot and understanding where the pain arises with movement, as well as an X-ray, which will highlight the bony growth. If you have a heel spur that is causing you discomfort, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist to discuss treatment options of the spur itself or the underlying condition which may be causing it.
Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Ernest Levi, DPM from Grand Central Podiatry. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.
Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.
Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.
The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.
There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.
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