Condition and Causes
A calcaneal spur (or heel spur) is a small bone spur located on the calcaneus (heel bone). Calcaneal spurs are typically detected by a radiological examination (X-ray).
When a foot bone is exposed to constant stress, calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone. Generally, this has no effect on a person’s daily life. However, repeated damage can cause these deposits to pile up on each other, causing a spur-shaped deformity, called a calcaneal (or heel) spur. Obese people, flat footed people, and women who constantly wear high-heeled shoes are most susceptible to heel spurs.
Major symptoms consist of pain in the region surrounding the spur, which typically increases in intensity after prolonged periods of rest. Patients may report heel pain to be more severe when waking up in the morning. Patients may not be able to bear weight on the afflicted heel comfortably. Running, walking, or lifting heavy weight may exacerbate the issue.
Wearing proper fitting footwear ideally with good shock absorption will help to prevent the occurrence of heel spurs.
You may be recommended supportive footwear, custom moulded orthotics and some foot exercises to relive the symptoms.