A calcaneal spur, also known as a heel spur, is a bony outgrowth that develops on the underside of the heel bone (calcaneus). It is a common condition that can cause pain and discomfort in the heel, particularly when standing or walking.
Calcaneal spurs are often associated with plantar fasciitis, a condition in which the band of tissue that runs from the heel to the toes becomes inflamed and painful. The constant pulling of the plantar fascia on the heel bone can cause a spur to develop over time.
Symptoms of calcaneal spur may include:
Pain in the heel, particularly when standing, walking or running.
A visible bony protrusion on the underside of the heel.
Swelling or tenderness in the heel area.
Stiffness or limited range of motion in the foot and ankle.
Treatments for heel spurs include:
Rest and ice: Resting your feet and applying an ice pack can help reduce pain and inflammation.
Medications: Over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may be recommended to treat pain and inflammation.
Physical therapy: Stretching exercises and other physical therapy can help improve flexibility and reduce pain.Shoe inserts or insoles: Help distribute pressure on your feet and relieve pressure on your heels.
Steroid Injections: In some cases, steroid injections may be recommended to reduce inflammation and pain. Surgery: In severe cases, surgery may be required to remove the spur or loosen the plantar fascia.