Symptoms and Signs of Heel Spurs Symptoms, Causes, Exercise, Natural Treatments, and Surgery

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Medically Reviewed on 4/5/2019

Doctor's Notes on Heel Spurs Symptoms, Causes, Exercise, Natural Treatments, and Surgery

Heel spurs are bony protrusions on the bottom side of the heel bone that are commonly found in athletes.  Heel spurs are made up of calcium deposits. They are often caused by strains on foot muscles and ligaments, stretching of the plantar fascia, or repeated tears of the membrane that covers the heel bone.

Heel spurs may not always cause symptoms or signs. In other cases, associated symptoms can include heel pain that is often worse when walking or running. The pain is typically caused from injuries to the soft tissue caused by the spur rather than from the heel spur itself. Irritation of the soft tissues of the heel can cause the painful condition known as plantar fasciitis.

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