Heel spurs are caused by a buildup of calcium on the bottom of your heel bone, forming a small protrusion or “spur.” This process occurs slowly over the course of many months. Calcium buildup is often due to stress or strain placed on the muscles and ligaments of the foot, and heel spurs are common among athletes who take part in activities that include running and jumping.
Although some heel spurs do not cause any symptoms, they may begin to cause chronic pain and inflammation that worsens when walking or running. Podiatrists typically diagnose a heel spur by taking an X-ray of your heel to look for protrusions. There are a variety of treatments for heel spurs, including stretching exercises, physical therapy, and specially-designed orthotics. While surgery is rarely needed to address a heel spur, the protrusion can be removed surgically if other treatment methods have failed.
Are you experiencing foot or heel pain? Schedule an appointment with a podiatrist at Family Foot Center by calling (347) 625-5256 to improve your foot health today. Explore our blog to learn more about other common foot conditions.