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Causes and Definition of Heel Spurs

Tuesday, 09 July 2024 00:00

A heel spur, medically known as a calcaneal spur, is a bony growth that develops on the underside of the heel bone. This condition often results from long-term strain on the foot muscles and ligaments, commonly associated with repetitive activities such as running or jumping. Over time, this strain leads to the accumulation of calcium deposits, forming the bony protrusion. Heel spurs are frequently linked to plantar fasciitis, an inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. Factors contributing to heel spur development include wearing ill-fitting shoes, excessive weight, and having flat feet or high arches. If you have heel pain, it may be indicative of a heel spur, and it is suggested that you consult a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and offer a comprehensive treatment plan for heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Naim G. Shaheed, DPM from Ankle and Foot Centers of Georgia. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Lithonia/Stonecrest and Emory/Midtown, GA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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