Heel Spurs

What are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are bony growths on the underside of the heel bone, formed over many months due to the accumulation of calcium deposits. They often accompany plantar fasciitis but can exist without causing pain.

What are common signs and symptoms of Heel Spurs?

  • Sharp pain in the heel when standing up after resting
  • A knife-like pain in the heel area after prolonged activity
  • Swelling and inflammation at the front of the heel
  • Heat radiating from the affected area
  • A small, visible bony protrusion under the heel in some cases

Heel Spurs FAQ

The primary cause is the strain on foot muscles and ligaments, stretching of the plantar fascia, and repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone. Factors contributing include walking gait abnormalities, running or jogging on hard surfaces, poorly fitted or worn-out shoes, excess weight, and age-related loss of elasticity in the plantar fascia.

Diagnosis typically involves a physical examination and imaging tests such as X-rays to visualize the extent of the spur formation.

While the bony growth itself may not disappear without surgical intervention, symptoms can often be managed effectively with non-surgical treatments, reducing pain and inflammation.

Treatment may include rest, ice application, over-the-counter pain relievers, orthotic devices, physical therapy, stretching exercises, and in resistant cases, corticosteroid injections or surgery to remove the spur.

Recovery times can vary based on the treatment method. Non-surgical treatments can provide relief within weeks, although some cases may take longer to see improvement. Post-surgery recovery may take several weeks, with a gradual return to full activity levels.

For a proper diagnosis and recommended treatment plan, we suggest you consult with a podiatrist for professional help and care.