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What is a heel spur?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Bony growth on heel

A heel spur is a bony growth usually at the insertion of the plantar fasscia of the foot.
With continued stress on the foot, the bony growth can grow to a point of causing pain. It has a "beak like" appearance. If you are having problems see an orthopedist, foot and ankle specialist or a podiatrist.

In brief: Bony growth on heel

A heel spur is a bony growth usually at the insertion of the plantar fasscia of the foot.
With continued stress on the foot, the bony growth can grow to a point of causing pain. It has a "beak like" appearance. If you are having problems see an orthopedist, foot and ankle specialist or a podiatrist.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Bony heel prominence

The heel of your foot is home to the large calcaneous bone.
The plantar fascia originates from the deep arch aspect off the end of the calcaneus. Occasionaly, patients complain of pain at plantar fascia origin. An associated spur (outcropping of bone) juxtaposed to the plantar fascia origin can occur. Rarely excision of the bump is indicated if nonoperative measures fail.

In brief: Bony heel prominence

The heel of your foot is home to the large calcaneous bone.
The plantar fascia originates from the deep arch aspect off the end of the calcaneus. Occasionaly, patients complain of pain at plantar fascia origin. An associated spur (outcropping of bone) juxtaposed to the plantar fascia origin can occur. Rarely excision of the bump is indicated if nonoperative measures fail.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Jason Rubin
Podiatry

In brief: Extra bone

Heel spurs are extra bone formed by pull of a ligament or tendon insertion at the calcaneus.
Plantar heel spurs are due to a pull from the plantar fascial ligament and are sometimes, but not necessarily, associated with plantar fasciitis. Posterior calcaneal heel spurs are due to a pull from the Achilles tendon.

In brief: Extra bone

Heel spurs are extra bone formed by pull of a ligament or tendon insertion at the calcaneus.
Plantar heel spurs are due to a pull from the plantar fascial ligament and are sometimes, but not necessarily, associated with plantar fasciitis. Posterior calcaneal heel spurs are due to a pull from the Achilles tendon.
Dr. Jason Rubin
Dr. Jason Rubin
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