What You Should Know About Bone Spurs and Heel Pain

Pain in the feet can be especially cumbersome because it inhibits your ability to stand, walk, or exercise normally. But all foot pain is not created equal. Bone spurs are one of the most common causes of heel pain.

What is a Bone Spur?Heel Pain

Bone spurs occur when the normal bone develops a boney growth. This occurs when the body is trying to repair itself in response to  injury or prolonged stress to the foot. It is usually smooth growth but causes irritation and pain when rubbing against other bones, nerves, or ligaments in the foot.

Causes of a Bone Spur

Bone spurs usually occur through the aging process. They can also develop from being overweight or wearing poorly fitting shoes. Bone
spurs commonly develop on the heel and are known as heel spurs.

Symptoms of a Heel Spur

Sometimes heel spurs remain unnoticed and cause no pain. Sometimes the spur is associated with pain that comes and goes, or ongoing pain that never stops. You may feel heel spurs particularly when walking or jogging. The pain can feel like a poking in the bottom of your foot which may then develop into a chronic aching.

Treatment for Heel Spurs

Treatments for bone or heel spurs include wearing better fitting shoes, performing stretches, and/or physical therapy. Over-the-counter medications can be used to manage pain. Your podiatrist may also recommend shoe inserts or other orthotic devices.

In some cases, your podiatrist may recommend surgery to treat a heel spur. They may either remove the bone spur, or release a tight plantar fascia that could be causing the spur.

Prevention of Heel Spurs

The best way to prevent heel spurs is by taking good care of your feet. Wear well-fitting shoes, stretch before and after exercising, and be careful of the stress you place on your feet.

If you experience heel pain, see your podiatrist for an examination. Dr. A. Bil Buksh of the Edmond/Norman Foot & Ankle Clinic is a board-certified podiatrists ready to treat your foot and heel problems. Schedule an appointment today to keep your feet healthy and pain-free.

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