Heel Spur

What is a Heel Spur?

A heel spur is a decidedly uncomfortable situation in which a bony prominence develops off the heel bone, which is also known as the calcaneus bone. Its primary cause of discomfort is the inflammation it can produce in the surrounding tendons, as it can irritate the muscles, tendons and other tissue layers nearby. These heel spurs generally form over several months, with symptoms slowly developing. Often these heel spurs may exist for a long time without causing symptoms.

What Causes Heel Spurs?

These spurs are caused by calcium deposits which build up underneath the calcaneus bone. This may be a long process, or it may be accelerated by repeat strains or damage to the heel muscles, tendons, or membranes which cover the foot. These heel spurs often occur for athletes who do large amounts of repetitive jumping or continuous running.

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