A heel spur is a bony growth on the heel bone (calcaneus). The heel spur itself does not actually cause any pain, it’s the inflamed tissue around the spur that
causes pain and discomfort. It is most often a result of chronic plantar fasciitis.
Most people experience heel spur pain with their first steps in the morning, after getting out of bed. It is presented by a sharp stabbing pain at the bottom of
the heel bone. Usually the heel pain subsides after a while, turning into a dull ache. The pain will come back when getting up after sitting for a long period.
Treatment of a heel spur involves immobilisation strapping or a compression brace, then stretching exercises, antiinflammatory medications and possibly
Orthotics. In some cases a steroid injection is given directly in front of the heel.
The pain due to the plantar fasciitis that causes the heel spur can become progressively more severe, in some cases damaging the tissue.