What is a heel spur?

Heel spur x-rayA heel spur is a bony bump that develops out of the larger heel bone when it is under frequent pressure. Stress on the heel bone over a period of time stimulates the body to create these hard lumps. Spurs can develop underneath the heel or on the back of it. Typically a spur underneath the heel bone is the result of chronic inflammation and pulling from the plantar fascia. On the back of the foot, it’s usually related to tightness in the Achilles tendon.

A heel spur may or may not cause pain itself—but since it’s generally connected to an uncomfortable issue with soft tissue, the condition can become a problem for you. Typically, pain depends on how much pressure is placed on the back of the foot. Treatment usually revolves around reducing pressure on the heel and alleviating stress in the soft tissues around the spur. Let our team at Podiatry Associates, P.C. help you diagnose and deal with bony protrusions on your lower limbs. Use our online form or call (303) 805-5156 to make an appointment at our Castle Pines, Parker, or Cherry Creek CO offices.