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What are heel spurs?

Bob Greene
Bob Greene on behalf of The Best Life
Physiology
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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