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Causes of Bone Spurs on the Heel

Heel bone spurs, medically known as osteophytes, are abnormal growths that can result in pain and restricted movement. Often unnoticed until visible on an X-ray, heel bone spurs are associated with degenerative joint diseases, such as osteoarthritis, where the breakdown of joint cartilage prompts the body to form new bone as a reparative measure. This process leads to the development of bone spurs along the edges of affected joints, particularly in the heel region. Besides aging, various factors contribute to heel bone spurs, including injuries and overuse, common among runners and dancers. Other factors are hereditary predisposition, obesity, and congenital bone issues. Many people may have heel bone spurs without symptoms, but others can experience pain and loss of joint mobility if the spur rubs against bones or presses on a nerve. If you suspect you have a heel bone spur or are experiencing unexplained heel pain, it is suggested that you schedule an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation and the appropriate treatment plan.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Charles Oehrlein, DPM from Hoover Foot Care. Our practitioner will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact our office located in Hoover, AL . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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