The Facts on Heels Spurs:


Heel spurs are growths of bone that appear on the bottom of your heels.

Image of internal foot showing pain from  heel or bone spurs. 

Visible via X-ray and protruding as much as half an inch, heel spurs themselves aren’t often very painful, but they can cause heel pain and can be present with other conditions such as plantar fasciitis, and Achilles Tendinitis.

What Causes Heel Spurs?

The cause of heel spurs can be a muscle or ligament strain (or both) in your foot. Connecting your heel and ball of your foot is a long band of tissue, and when it gets stretched too much, heel spurs can result. In addition, heel spurs can appear when the membrane that covers your heel bone is worn away by shoes that don’t fit correctly, excessive weight or an imbalance in the way you move.

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Even if you have pain, you may not even know you have heel spurs until an X-ray reveals them, so it’s important to talk to a doctor about your symptoms for a proper diagnosis. In order to provide you with heel spur relief, your doctor may recommend a course of treatment or develop a heel spur pain management plan that may include:

  • Stretching exercises
  • Taping or strapping to rest stressed muscles and tendons
  • Physical therapy

In addition, you may want to talk to your doctor about shoe inserts or orthotic devices from Dr. Scholl’s®