Heel Spur


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.

 

Diagnosis

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

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.

 

Without Treatment

The pain due to the plantar fasciitis that causes the heel spur can become progressively more severe, in some cases damaging the tissue.

 

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