What Are Heel Spurs?

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A heel spur is basically a bony, protruding outgrowth on the underside of your big toe. Heel spurs may be caused by: Frequent strains on the calf muscles. Repeated tears of the tendon membrane usually cover your big toe. Over-straining the calf muscle, which goes down into the bottom of the heel bone (the plantar fascia). The patella subluxation


Heel spurs are painful and often increase with the pain while walking or running. The pain can also be aggravated when standing for long periods. The inflammation caused by the protrusion and inflammation of the tissues and bone structures around the heel area tends to worsen when pressure is applied to the area. This causes pain and makes walking and running a challenge.


The presence of heel spurs can be very painful as the inflammation increases when pressure is applied to it. There is actually a lot more to heel spurs than meets the eye. The first step in treating heel spurs is to identify what is causing the pain. There are a variety of possible causes of heel pain – from minor stress fractures to a bony outgrowth called a mallet toe. The treatment of heel spurs depends on the cause of pain.


If the source of pain is stress fractures, the patient would most likely receive orthopedic surgery to repair the cracks. In this case, the doctor will put in a plate and screws to stabilize the bone structure. If the cracks are caused by high loads on the plantar fascia while running or jumping, the doctor may recommend microdermabrasion or a cortisone shot for relief. A bony growth referred to as a plantar fascia might also be the culprit. In this case, a cortisone shot may be administered as well. If none of these treatments are successful in stopping the heel spurs, other treatment options including a custom orthotic or shoe insert might be attempted.


Heel fissures are not usually painful. Although heel fissures can lead to severe pain, it is rare that they cause serious injury. However, if there is pain or swelling following the administration of an injection of steroid, anti-inflammatory medication or anesthetic, a doctor should definitely investigate the possibility of heel fissures. If the fissures result in severe pain and even fracture, orthopedic surgery should be considered.


Heel pain and foot problems are very common. Approximately half of those who suffer from heel pain also experience foot problems. The majority of foot problems are treatable and most cases of heel spurs and other foot problems go away within a few days to a week. However, it is very important to see your doctor if you think you have heel spurs or any other foot problems to make sure that you get the proper treatment so that they do not become a long-term problem for you.