Calcaneal spur
Calcaneal spur

A calcaneal spur, also known as a heel spur, is a small bony growth that develops on the heel bone (Calcaneus). It is a common cause of heel pain.Heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia).


It is often caused by:

  • Repetitive strain or overuse of the foot, particularly in activities that involve a lot of walking or running.

  • Wearing poorly fitting shoes

  • Having flat feet or high arches

  • Being overweight

  • Certain medical conditions such as plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout can also contribute to the development of spur.


  • Pain in the heel or foot, especially when standing or walking

  • Swelling or tenderness in the heel or foot

  • Stiffness or difficulty flexing the foot

  • A feeling of a bone spur or bump on the heel

  • Pain that radiates from the heel to the toes

  • Difficulty standing on the toes or walking on the balls of the feet

  • Pain that increases after prolonged periods of standing or walking

  • Pain that is relieved by rest or sitting down

  • Difficulty finding comfortable shoes due to pressure on the heel

  • Decreased range of motion in the foot and ankle.

Self care:

  • Rest and ice: Resting and applying ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and pain.

  • Stretching and strengthening exercises: Stretching and strengthening exercises can help improve flexibility and reduce stress on the foot and heel.

  • Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help improve flexibility, strength, and balance, which can reduce stress on the heel and foot.

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