Heel spurs are calcium deposits on the underside of the heel. These deposits result in a bony bump that can extend outward by as much as half an inch.
Heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, and so the two issues are often referred to at the same time. When the two are present in combination, the pain can be severe.
Heel spurs happen for many different reasons. Foot muscle and ligament strain are both common reasons for the development of heel spurs. Heel spurs also tend to develop when the plantar fascia is severely stretched. If the membrane covering the heel is torn repeatedly, heel spurs may develop. Runners may be likely to develop heel spurs due to the repeated impact on their feet. People who engage in exercises involving regular stops and starts, for example, basketball players, may develop heel spurs due to the strain of impact.
There are a number of options for heel spur treatment through a podiatrist. Custom orthotic devices, prescribed exercises, and cortisone injections have all been successful for many heel spur sufferers. In the most severe cases, the podiatrist can surgically remove heel spurs for permanent relief.
Wearing the right footwear is important in preventing heel spurs. Always wear shoes designed for the specific sport or activity being done. Replace shoes when they become worn. Be sure to stay properly balanced at all times. When there is any sign of heel pain, take it seriously. The sooner that a patient sees the podiatrist for heel pain, the faster that the problem can be resolved and the faster that they will be able to get back to their life pain-free.
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