Diseases and Conditions

The Symptoms of a Heel Spur


Do you think you have a heel spur? The condition is more than just pain in the feet. It happens when a calcium deposit develops between the arch of the foot, known as the plantar fascia, and the heel bone. You may also hear heel spurs referred to as osteophytes or calcaneal spurs, and these growths can be shelf-shaped, hooked, or pointed. Because of this, heel spurs are often detected by an X-ray.

Oftentimes, heel spurs happen on their own, but they can also be caused by other underlying health issues. In fact, heel spurs usually are the result of stress from repeated actions. Jogging, running, walking, or jumping on hard surfaces for extended periods; walking in worn-out footwear or flip-flops and sandals frequently; or other issues like obesity, arthritis, plantar fasciitis, or gait problems increase the chances of developing a heel spur.

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