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Heel Spur Causes

Heel Spur Causes

Heel pain is a common problem that can significantly impact the quality of life in a negative way. It can be caused by anything from poorly fitting shoes to a structural problem with the foot. While it may be easy to pinpoint pain on the heel, it usually takes a specialist to determine the exact cause of the pain. Heel pain can lead to an inability to walk normally, exercise, and may even keep people from attending normal social functions. For this reason, it is best to visit a foot and ankle specialist if you are experiencing chronic heel pain.

Heel spurs are a very common cause of heel pain. Heel spurs are calcium deposits that develop on the heel bone. This calcium deposit leads to a bony protrusion on the underside of the bone. Most times, heel spurs are not visible without an x-ray. However, they can be felt when pressing on the bone. On an x-ray, many heel spurs can protrude out as much as half an inch. Some people are lucky and have heel spurs without feeling any pain. However, for other people, there is a significant amount of pain associated with heel spurs.

Many people who suffer from heel spurs also have plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs occur slowly over time as the calcium builds up. The most common causes of heel spurs include strain on the foot muscles and ligaments, an overstretched plantar fascia, and repeated tearing of the membranes covering the heel bone. For this reason, they are particularly common in athletes who require a significant amount of running and jumping. Heel spurs can also be caused by people who have an incorrect gait, running on hard surfaces, poorly fitting shoes, and obesity.

The best way to avoid heel spurs is to avoid exposure to the primary causes. This means stretching before working out to avoid tears of the foot ligaments, wearing proper shoes, avoiding running and jumping on hard surfaces, and losing any excess weight. While some of these things may be unavoidable, especially if you play a sport like basketball, taking other precautions can help lessen the risk of developing heel spurs. It is also important to note that the condition becomes more likely as people age. This is because the ligament tissue begins to thin. Therefore, if you are older, it is important to stretch out well before exercising and be sure to work up to heavy exercise as opposed to starting and stopping after long periods of rest.

Heel spurs can be a very painful condition and can negatively impact a person’s quality of life. It is a very common condition that can be avoided in many cases. Understanding the causes of heel spurs is important so that people can prevent them from happening in the first place. By taking a few preventative steps such as wearing the correct type of shoes, stretching out, and not running on hard surfaces, heel spurs can be largely prevented. Avoiding heel spurs can save you from experiencing a lot of pain.

 

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