A Spur is a bony growth that occurs due to excessive pulling of the tendon on the bone.
In the case of Heel Spurs, the vast majority of spurs are asymptomatic or pain free. The cause of your pain is usually created from the excessive pulling of the tendon or Fascia that is inserting into the bone. This creates a tenting of the bone lining (Think of when you pinch the skin on the back of your hand and pull it up) that causes bruising and inflammation of the bone and surrounding structures.
Often heel spurs are picked up on X-rays and can look very scary and painful; on rare occasions these are the problem. However a thorough assessment is needed to ensure you are getting the correct treatment for the actual problem, whether it be bony or soft tissue.
The most common cause of heel pain is Plantar Fasciitis.
Our friendly and knowledgeable Podiatrists are more than happy to help figure out what is going on and help you find your feet.
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