Heel Spurs

Condition Explained

A heel spur is a calcium deposit on the underside of the heel bone. Heel spurs are common in patients who have a history of foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the fibrous band of connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.

Risk factors

  • Walking gait abnormalities which place excessive stress on the heel bone, ligaments, and nerves near the heel
  • Running or jogging, especially on hard surfaces
  • Poorly fitted or badly worn shoes, especially those lacking appropriate arch support
  • Excess weight and obesity.

Treatment

The most effective solution to heel spurs is to treat the cause of the problem by correcting abnormal foot mechanics with orthotic insoles.

Custom made orthotics are often the key to successful treatment of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs by correcting this abnormality in the movement of the foot, an action which removes stress from the plantar fascia and arch and offers increased shock absorption to the heel area.

Orthotics often permit patients to continue their routine activities and walk without pain.

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