Heel Spurs


Heel spurs are atypical bone outgrowths on the heel bone's underside, or calcaneus. They typically arise due to continuous stress and strain on the plantar fascia, the dense tissue band linking the heel to the toes. While heel spurs may accompany plantar fasciitis, characterized by inflammation of the plantar fascia, it is crucial to recognize that heel spurs do not develop in everyone with plantar fasciitis, nor do they always result in symptoms.

Causes: Heel spurs are formed as a natural reaction to persistent tissue irritation and inflammation, which are common in plantar fasciitis. The relentless tension of the plantar fascia on the heel bone is a primary cause of these bony growths. Contributing factors to their development may include obesity, excessive foot usage, inadequate footwear, and structural foot anomalies.

Symptoms: Heel spurs are frequently painless and can remain undetected. However, they may lead to sharp, stabbing pains in the heel when they impinge on soft tissues or nerves. Such pain usually becomes more acute during activities that put weight on the heel, like walking or standing, particularly after resting.

Complications: Neglecting heel spurs can worsen plantar fasciitis symptoms and cause persistent pain. Additionally, they can alter one's gait, which may lead to further complications like knee, hip, or back pain. Addressing both the root causes and the symptoms of heel spurs is crucial for enduring relief.

Management: My New Arch Orthotics takes the pressure of the heels and puts it in the arch where it belongs.  This decreases the tension on the plantar fascia, repositions the foot to a more normal position.  Further management of heel spurs may include rest, ice therapy, stretching exercises for the calf and Achilles tendon, supportive footwear and My New Arch Orthotics.