Heel Spurs

Heel Spurs

Heel Spurs

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Get Information and Treatment Recommendations for Your Heel Spurs

The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot and absorbs the most amount of shock and pressure. A heel spur is an abnormal growth of the heel bone. Calcium deposits form when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel area, causing a bony protrusion, or heel spur to develop. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Heel spurs can cause extreme pain in the rearfoot, especially while standing or walking.

Causes of Heel Spurs

Over-pronation (flat feet) is a common cause of heel spurs, but people with unusually high arches (pes cavus) can also develop heel spurs. Women have a significantly higher incidence of heel spurs due to the types of footwear often worn on a regular basis.

Treatment and Prevention of Heel Spurs

The key for the proper treatment of heel spurs is determining what is causing the excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. When the cause is over-pronation (flat feet), an orthotic with rearfoot posting and longitudinal arch support is an effective device to reduce over-pronation and allow the condition to heal.

Other common treatments for heel spurs include:

  • Stretching exercises.
  • Losing weight.
  • Wearing shoes that have a cushioned heel that absorbs shock.
  • Elevating the heel with the use of a heel cradle, heel cup, or orthotics.

Heel cradles and heel cups provide extra comfort and cushion to the heel, and reduce the amount of shock and shear forces experienced from everyday activities. Foot Solutions offers a wide selection of foot and heel comfort products. Visit us in store and get a free fitting and free digital foot assessment.