A heel spur is a bone growth on the bottom or back of the heel. Foot and heel bone spurs are areas where excess bone has grown forming a small lump which sticks out. The result can become inflamed and painful.
CAUSES OF BONE SPURS: The cause is most often a gradual injury due to repetitive friction or stress or consistent pulling of the attachment of the plantar fascia. This can be due to footwear, exercise, inflammation, biomechanics or simply from aging.
Common examples of this are heel bone spurs either at the back of the heel (often due to Achilles Tendonitis or calf muscle tightness), or underneath the heel as a result of Plantar Fasciitis.
PAIN AND DIAGNOSIS OF BONE SPUR: The heel pain on the bottom of the foot is characterized as a sharp biting pain with the first few steps in the morning and in the evening after increased activities with minor relief as it is “warmed up” during light walking and massage. You will be able to see and/or feel a bump near the area of stress.