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Causes of Heel Spurs

Heel bone spurs, or calcaneal spurs, are abnormal bone growths that look like hard lumps on the back of or underneath the heel. These formations are caused by persistent irritation or stress on the heel bone. This prompts the cells responsible for bone growth to produce excess calcium deposits over time. One of the causes of heel spurs is tightness in soft tissues like ligaments, muscles, and tendons. When these tissues are under increased tension, they exert excessive force on the attached bone, leading to inflammation and the development of bone spurs. Conditions such as plantar fasciitis, characterized by heightened tension in the plantar fascia under the sole of the foot, can also be a factor. Wearing shoes that are too tight, lack support, or have an improper shape create repetitive friction on different foot areas. The back of the heel is particularly susceptible to this friction, resulting in the accumulation of calcium deposits and the subsequent formation of calcaneal bone spurs. Women, who frequently wear tight fitting shoes that have high heels or pointed toes, are at a higher risk of developing such heel bone spurs. If you believe you may have developed a heel bone spur, it is suggested that you make an appointment with a podiatrist for a comprehensive evaluation. 

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 Matthew McQuaid, DPM from Lake Mendocino Podiatry. Our doctor 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.

Pain

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.

Treatments

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 offices located in Lakeport and Ukiah, CA . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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