Definition: a bony spur projecting from the back or underside of the heel that often makes walking painful
Medical terminology: calcaneal spur
What is a heel spur?
A heel spur (calcaneal spur) is a small bony growth located on the heel bone (calcaneus). Repetitive press and excessive pulling of the plantar fascia on the heel bone can lead to calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel (bone spur). This can make it difficult to bear weight on the affected heel making walking or exercise difficult to do.
What can cause a heel spur?
- Over-training or high impact sports/activities
- can cause arch strain leading to heel spurs
- Recent weight gain can also lead to help spurs
- Medical conditions
- such as Ankylosing Spondylitis are associated with heel spurs
- Poor biomechanics of the foot (i.e. over pronation, flat feet, etc.)