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Causes and Risk Factors for Heel Spurs

Heel spurs, also known as calcaneal spurs, are bony outgrowths on the bottom of the foot, often extending from the heel toward the arch. These pointy, hooked, or shelf-like formations, when seen on X-rays, can measure up to half an inch. Heel spurs are a result of long-term strain on muscles and ligaments and can occur as soft tissues in the heel wear out. Also, trauma, such as bruising the heel or tearing its protective membrane, can contribute to their development. Age plays a role, too. The natural wear and tear of heel pads, diminishing shock absorption, can make the heel more susceptible to calcium deposits, which form heel spurs. Various factors increase the risk of heel spurs, notably athletic activities like running and jumping. Engaging in these activities on hard surfaces, a common occurrence in sports, can accelerate wear and tear on the heel. Age and gender also play a role, with older individuals and women more prone to developing heel spurs. Weight problems and wearing improper footwear, such as non-supportive shoes or flip-flops, can further elevate the risk. If you are experiencing heel pain that may be caused by heel spurs, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for an exam, diagnosis, and treatment.

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 Kenneth Donovan, DPM from Advanced Care 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 our office located in Charleston, SC . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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