A calcaneal spur, also known as a heel spur, is a small bony growth that develops on the heel bone (Calcaneus). It is a common cause of heel pain.Heel spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition that causes inflammation of the tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia).
It is often caused by:
Repetitive strain or overuse of the foot, particularly in activities that involve a lot of walking or running.
Wearing poorly fitting shoes
Having flat feet or high arches
Certain medical conditions such as plantar fasciitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout can also contribute to the development of spur.
Pain in the heel or foot, especially when standing or walking
Swelling or tenderness in the heel or foot
Stiffness or difficulty flexing the foot
A feeling of a bone spur or bump on the heel
Pain that radiates from the heel to the toes
Difficulty standing on the toes or walking on the balls of the feet
Pain that increases after prolonged periods of standing or walking
Pain that is relieved by rest or sitting down
Difficulty finding comfortable shoes due to pressure on the heel
Decreased range of motion in the foot and ankle.
Rest and ice: Resting and applying ice to the affected area can help reduce inflammation and pain.
Stretching and strengthening exercises: Stretching and strengthening exercises can help improve flexibility and reduce stress on the foot and heel.
Physical therapy: Physical therapy can help improve flexibility, strength, and balance, which can reduce stress on the heel and foot.