A heel spur is a calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. Although heel spurs are often painless, they can cause heel pain. They are frequently associated with plantar fasciitis, a painful inflammation of the fibrous band of connective tissue (plantar fascia) that runs along the bottom of the foot and connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.
Causes of Heel Spurs
Heel spurs occur when calcium deposits build up on the underside of the heel bone, a process that usually occurs over a period of many months. Heel spurs are often caused by strains on foot muscles and ligaments, stretching of the plantar fascia, and repeated tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone. Heel spurs are especially common among athletes whose activities include large amounts of running and jumping.
Risk factors for heel spurs include:
Walking gait abnormalities, which place excessive stress on the heel bone, ligaments, and
nerves near the heel
Running or jogging, especially on hard surfaces
Poorly fitted or badly worn shoes, especially those lacking appropriate arch support
Excess weight and obesity
Other risk factors associated with plantar fasciitis include:
Increasing age, which decreases plantar fascia flexibility and thins the heel’s protective fat pad
Spending most of the day on one’s feet
Frequent short bursts of physical activity
Having either flat feet or high arches
Symptoms of Heel Spurs
Heel spurs often cause no symptoms. But heel spurs can be associated with intermittent or chronic pain — especially while walking, jogging, or running — if inflammation develops at the point of the spur formation. In general, the cause of the pain is not the heel spur itself but the soft-tissue injury associated with it.
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analysis. The selection of such a medicine could not be easy; may best be done by an
experienced homeopath, after evaluating the x-ray. Homeopathy can offer excellent relief in pain in many cases. The patient may have to take medicine periodically. Homeopathy offers excellent results in Calcaneal spur and it is very strongly recommended.