A heel spur is a bony overgrowth that usually forms on the base of the heel. This new bone growth is formed as a response to repeated stress and strain on the ligaments and tendons around the heel. Plantar fasciitis is often associated with heel spurs. Plantar fasciitis is caused by stress and strain on the plantar fascia of the foot which can trigger the bodies stress response and the formation of a spur.
High impact activities such as running on hard surfaces, jumping and ballet are also considered risk factors for heel spurs. Further risk factors include obesity, advanced age and abnormalities of walking that place extra stress on the heel.
Whilst people can have heel spurs and be asymptomatic, it can lead to symptoms that are very similar to those of plantar fasciitis. Sharp, stabbing heel pain that is worse after high impact activity or after periods of prolonged rest. The heel may be red, swollen or hot to touch.
An insole to support the arch and reduce stress and strain to the ligaments and tendons of the foot can help reduce symptoms of heel spurs. The addition of a gel pad under the heel of the insole will provide cushioning and reduce impact to the heel with shock absorption.
Would you like to know more about common foot pain problems before making a choice? You may find one of the following blog articles useful:
Achilles Tendonitis Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Achilles Tendonitis?’ blog to find out more.
Diabetic Neuropathy Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Diabetic Neuropathy?’ blog to find out more.
Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction?’ blog to find out more.
Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome Click here to read our ‘Foot Pain – Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome?’ blog to find out more.