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Causes, Symptoms, and Relief Options for Heel Spurs

Heel spurs, those tiny bony protrusions at the base of the heel, can spark significant discomfort and hinder daily activities. Heel spurs occur as a result of calcium deposits accumulating over time, often caused by strains on the foot's ligaments and muscles. Individuals who engage in repetitive activities or those with flat feet are particularly susceptible. Symptoms include sharp pain, especially while walking or when standing after rest, in addition to tenderness and inflammation. Understanding the underlying causes is pivotal for addressing heel spurs. Treatments encompass a range of approaches that can range from rest, wearing orthotic inserts to taking anti-inflammatory medications. In more severe cases, medical interventions such as surgery may be considered. With proper care and treatment, individuals can regain comfort and resume daily activities. If you have developed a heel spur, it is strongly suggested that you are under the care of a podiatrist who can effectively diagnose and treat this ailment.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Princeton Foot & Ankle Associates. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition.

Heels Spurs

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot and may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs and pain sometimes intensifies with age. One of the main condition's spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Princeton and West Windsor, NJ . We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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