What is a Heel Spur?

heel-spur-x-rayA heel spur is a radiological (X-ray) finding, often seen in those suffering from plantar fasciitis.

The heel bone is called the calcaneus. It helps to bear and distribute your body weight across your foot when you stand or walk. Our feet move and are shaped by soft tissues (muscles, tendons and ligaments) that are attached to the calcaneus. One such tissue, the plantar fascia, forms the arch in the foot.


Spurs are hook-like abnormal bony growths that develop at the back or under the heel as a result of ongoing soft tissue inflammation or irritation.

What Causes Heel Spur Pain?

It is the inflammation, more so than the spur itself, that is the culprit of pain. We know this because there are people who have a heel spur visible on x-rays but who have no pain. 

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