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Heel Spurs

heel spurHeel spurs are the result of calcium deposits that cause bony protrusions on the underside of the heel. Heel spurs are usually painless, but they have the potential to cause heel pain. Heel spurs tend to be associated with plantar fasciitis, which is a condition that causes inflammation of the band of connective tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. They most often occur in athletes who participate in sports with a lot of running and jumping.

Some risk factors for developing heel spurs include running and jogging on hard surfaces, being obese, wearing poorly fitting shoes, or having walking gait abnormalities.

Heel spurs can be prevented by wearing well-fitting shoes that have shock-absorbent soles. You should also be sure to choose the right shoe for the activity you want to partake in; for example, don't wear walking shoes when you want to go on a run. Additionally, maintaining a healthy weight can be beneficial toward preventing heel spurs, as it will prevent excess pressure from being placed on the ligaments.

If you have heel pain that lasts longer than a month, don’t hesitate to seek help from Dr. Haluska. Dr. Haluska can help you determine which treatment option is best for you.

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