Heel spurs are usually under the heel and are generally caused by excessive forces acting on the bone. By far the most common cause of heel spurs is abnormal biomechanics — often the same biomechanics that cause plantar fasciitis.
Heel spurs are not a direct cause of heel pain. They grow in response to the forces of the soft tissue pulling on the bone. Any condition where the foot has excessive motion can produce tension within the soft tissues acting on the heel.
How Can You Be Sure?
Medical conditions that typically produce heel spurs include gout, arthritis, some thyroid conditions and, rarely, bone abnormalities.
The only way to be sure that you have a heel spur is to have your podiatrist or other healthcare professional x-ray your foot. Your doctor may also order blood tests.
How Footwear Can Help
Wear stability footwear fitted with an insert designed to reduce your foot’s motion, as well as pressure on your heel.
To get your heel examined and to learn about Dr. Comfort footwear, including inserts designed to help address heel spurs, schedule an appointment with a podiatrist.