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A heel spur is a bony growth that forms on normal bone. It can be at the site of pain but typically is not the cause of pain. The cause of the pain is from the plantar fascia that inserts near the heel spur. Usually people with a heel spur complain of a sharp pain in the heel when they get up in the morning.
Christopher Chiodo, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredHeel spurs are abnormal growths of bone or calcium that can resemble a cowboy's spurs. They sometimes form on the back or bottom of the heel bone. The heel spurs themselves don't cause pain, but sometimes the plantar fascia or other tissues around the spur become degenerative or inflamed and start to hurt.
Heel spurs are small, bony growths on the heel. A spur may develop when the ligament that connects the heel bone to the bones in the toes (plantar fascia) becomes inflamed.
A person with a heel spur may not be aware of any symptoms. If symptoms are present, they may include:
- Pain or tenderness over the weight-bearing part of the bottom of the heel.
- A bump that can sometimes be felt when the area is touched.
Symptoms in the heel are most often caused by inflammation rather than by the spur itself.
A heel spur can be diagnosed by looking at an x-ray. In most cases the spur is not the main cause of the heel pain, so the spur is typically left alone and the cause of the heel pain is treated. For instance, a painful and inflamed tendon near the spur (plantar fasciitis) may need treatment. If a spur is found to be the main cause of the heel pain, surgery or injections may be needed.
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Heel spurs are growths - calcium deposits - that develop on the back of the heel bone or where the tendon that connects the toes to the heel (called the plantar fascia) attaches to the heel bone. It's common in people who have flat feet, but it can also affect people who have very high arches, too. Obese people, runners and joggers are at an increased risk for heel spurs. The condition can be associated with plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the tendon on the bottom of the foot.
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