Heel bone spurs generally DO NOT cause pain - ligament strain, tearing and inflammation causes pain and may contribute to spur formation if the soft tissue inflammation persists for long periods. Heel spurs are usually treated without surgery quite successfully.
The only time heel spurs will cause pain directly is when they are fractured or broken as a result of injury or trauma. Otherwise, heel pain is often caused by plantar fasciosis or plantar fasciitis.
It is important to understand that heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are usually treated in very much the same way. The reason for this is that the heel spur itself does NOT cause the pain.
The heel spur is present as a consequence of the pain and inflammation associated with the strain and microscopic tearing of the plantar fascial ligament and its surrounding structures.
The plantar fascial ligament becomes overloaded and eventually a bone spur may form. A great picture of the ligament and bone spur can be found at
this heel spur page.
How do we manage heel bone spurs?
The same way you manage tearing of the plantar fascia. The heel spur is treated in exactly the same way as you would manage plantar fasciitis. The only exception to the rule would be if the heel pain was caused by fracture of the heel spur itself. For information on how to treat heel bone spurs visit the following link:
Heel Spur and Heel Pain Treatment
WARNING : This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist, your Doctor or your foot specialist.
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