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The Definition of a Heel Spur

Heel spurs, often associated with persistent heel pain, are bony protrusions that form on the underside of the heel bone. These outgrowths develop in response to the ongoing stress and strain on the foot’s ligaments and muscles, particularly the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue connecting the heel to the toes. When this tissue experiences repeated tension and pulling, calcium deposits may gradually accumulate, forming heel spurs. Contrary to popular belief, heel spurs themselves may not cause pain, however, the inflammation of the surrounding tissues, a condition known as plantar fasciitis, often accompanies their presence. Individuals with flat feet, high arches, or those who engage in activities that place excessive stress on the heel are more prone to developing heel spurs. If you are experiencing heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist who can accurately diagnose and treat heel spurs.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact our podiatrist from Dr. Powers Foot and Ankle. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition’s spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Bloomington, Bedford, and Washington, IN . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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