Heel Spur: A heel spur is an abnormal growth of bone on the back or bottom of the heel bone. Heel spurs can take years to devleop and are caused from repeated trauma to the bone from the tendon pulling away from the bone creating inflammation.
As the body naturally attempts to heal itself it deposits calcium and other bone building elements around the injured area. With repeated trauma to the area a spur will event eventually develop.
Heel spurs themselves are not typically painful. Approximately 70 percent of patients with plantar fasciitis have a heel spur that is visible on an X-ray. However, many patients without symptoms of heel pain or plantar fasciits can have a heel spur.
Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are common conditions we treat in our podiatry office in Long Beach. Schedule an appointment today, call 562-433-0478.