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Heel Spurs

Overview

Heel spurs are a bone growth that extends from the heel bone, particularly on the bottom front of the heel bone and sometimes slightly to the side. Usually, a heel spur forms where the plantar fascia ligament attaches to the bottom of the heel bone. Those who overuse, or put heavy stress on the plantar fascia, are at risk of developing heel spurs.

Heel pain is one of the most common forms of foot pain in adults. It is often caused by daily activity, exercise and because of a decrease in elasticity in the foot and slower healing due to age. Heel pain is also common in active children and is found in the back or bottom of the heel.

There are many causes of heel pain. See Plantar Fasciitis.

Causes

  • Heel spurs develop as an abnormal growth in the heel bone due to calcium deposits that form when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel. This stretching of the plantar fascia is usually the result of over-pronation (flat feet), but people with unusually high arches (pes cavus) can also develop heel spurs.
  • Women have a significantly higher incidence of heel spurs due to the types of footwear often worn on a regular basis.
 

Treatment

Massaging Insoles align your feet and distribute the weight of your feet evenly, giving instant relief to heel spurs. And, it soothes the irritated muscles attached to the heel bone. They also massage your feet, increasing circulation. This increase in circulation appears to slowly dissipate calcium buildup. It's accomplished as fluid pumps up and down along the arches of your feet to the ball of your feet. The insoles also provide a cushion which helps to absorb the shock as you walk.

Stretching exercises, Lose weight.

The information presented is not intended to replace medical advice of your Doctor. Please consult your health care provider for advice about a specific condition.

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