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A heel spur is a bony protrusion that can develop at the underside of the heel bone (calcaneus). This condition is closely linked with Plantar Fasciitis, a common cause of heel pain.
Heel spurs form due to stress on the foot’s ligaments and tendons. Over time, this stress can lead to the build-up of extra bone tissue, resulting in a spur. While heel spurs themselves are often painless, they become noticeable when associated with other foot conditions, particularly Plantar Fasciitis.
Most individuals with heel spurs are not aware of them until experiencing heel pain. This pain is not typically due to the spur itself but rather the inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue connecting the heel to the front of the foot. Diagnosis is usually confirmed through an X-ray, which reveals the characteristic hook of bone protruding from the bottom of the foot.
The primary issue in heel spur-related discomfort is not the bone growth itself but the inflammation of the plantar fascia. This inflammation results from the overuse and stress of the tissue, which can also contribute to the development of a heel spur.
Treatment for heel spur-related pain focuses on alleviating the symptoms of Plantar Fasciitis. This approach includes:
Surgical intervention is rare and typically reserved for cases where non-surgical treatments fail to provide relief.
Preventive measures for heel spurs involve adjustments in daily activities and self-care practices:
Once a heel spur forms, it is permanent. However, with appropriate management of Plantar Fasciitis symptoms and lifestyle modifications, most individuals find significant relief from heel pain.
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