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Heel Spur

Overview

What Is A Heel Spur?

A heel spur is a benign bony growth on the underside of the heel bone.
Symptoms

What Are The Symptoms Of A Heel Spur?

The most common heel spur symptoms are:
  • Heel pain
  • Heel swelling
  • A visible bony protrusion where your heel meets your midfoot
  • Calluses on the bottom of your heel if tissue builds up to provide extra padding over a protruding spur
  • Decreased foot mobility
Heel spurs can also be asymptomatic.
For another common cause of heel pain see plantar fasciitis.
Treatment

How Do I Treat A Heel Spur?

Heel spur treatment may include:
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises
  • Properly fitted custom orthotics;
  • Over-the-counter insoles
  • Taking ill-fitting footwear out of rotation

To schedule best foot care treatment appointment with our licensed Chiropodists (foot specialists), use the booking form below or call 416-769-FEET(3338).

Our Toronto foot clinic is open Monday-Friday 10am-7pm, Saturdays 10am-4pm. You do not need a referral to become a patient at our Foot clinic.

Causes

What Causes A Heel Spur?

Heel spurs are caused by recurrent strain on the muscles, tendons, and ligaments that connect to the heel bone. In response to stress, the heel bone “fortifies” itself by depositing extra bone on the existing bone.
If you have persistent heel pain, schedule a diagnostic assessment with our chiropodists to identify the cause of pain.
Risk Factors

Risk Factors

The following factors and existing foot conditions can increase your risk of developing a heel spur:
  • Wearing high heels (a bone spur at the back of the heel caused by wearing high heels is nicknamed a “pump bump”)
  • Having a tight plantar fascia
  • Having plantar fasciitis
  • Having flat feet or high arches
  • Participating in high-impact sports that involve running and jumping
Prevention

How Do I Prevent A Heel Spur?

Here are various foot care solutions to consider preventing a heel spur:
  • Wear supportive shoes with good shock absorption and arch support
  • Avoid heels higher than 2”
  • Switch to lower-impact sports
  • Routinely stretch your arches, Achilles tendons, and calves
Our foot clinic is open six days a week and offers a large selection of supportive and cushioning footwear.
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Book an appointment for heel spur

You do not need a referral to become a patient at our foot clinic. Schedule an appointment by using the Appointment Request form below or contact the clinic at 416-769-FEET(3338).