Heel spur (Calcaneal spur)

A heel spur, also known as calcaneal spur, is a bony outgrowth that develops on the heel bone, typically on the underside of the heel or at the back of the heel bone where the Achilles tendon attaches. It can cause pain and discomfort in the affected area, especially during walking or running. Heel spurs occur when calcium is deposited over time in the heel bone.

Causes of heel spur

The causes of heel spurs can include:

  • Plantar fasciitis – a painful condition where excessive strain is placed on the plantar fascia, which is a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes.
  • Overuse or repetitive strain injuries, such as running or jumping, that cause continuous wear and tear to the soft tissues of the heel.
  • Poor circulation and diabetes can lead to nerve damage and pathological changes.
  • Wearing poorly fitted shoes, particularly shoes with inadequate arch support.
  • Excessive weight which places additional strain on the feet.
  • Conditions including arthritis.

How we help with heel spurs

CBR Podiatry offers biomechanical assessment appointments to diagnose the cause of heel pain and provide patients with a personalised treatment plan. Treatments will depend on the stage and severity of the condition. Personalised treatment plans may involve one or more of the following recommendations:

  • Rest
  • Massage
  • Joint mobilisations
  • Calf stretches
  • Targeted exercises to stretch and strengthen the foot
  • Custom-made shoe orthotic devices to help reduce abnormal forces on the affected area and provide extra cushioning for the foot

Contact us to discuss your foot or leg concern