What is a heel spur?

A heel spur is a bony prominence that forms along the base of your heel bone, facing the front of your foot and pointing forward. The prominence is formed by calcium, which deposits on the heel bone (also known as the calcaneus) as a response to tearing and swelling in the plantar fascia (a band of fibrous tissue that runs along the arch). Some heel spurs can even reach half an inch in length.

Despite this, you won’t notice any outward bump (the spur only shows up on X-rays), and the heel spur itself usually doesn’t cause any pain. The pain is from the tearing and stretching in the plantar fascia, and should subside once the soft tissues heal.

Heel pain that is severe or chronic should be examined by Dr. Corey Fox of Massapequa Podiatry Associates and the Long Island Heel Pain Center. We’ll get you a proper diagnosis, and can offer the best treatment tools and training to get you back on your feet. Give us a call today at (516) 541-9000.

Dr. Corey Fox
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Director of Massapequa Podiatry Associates