Have you ever been told you have a bone spur in your heel? Did that make you worry about that bone spur and make you want it taken out surgically? Does that bone spur matter?
How does this bone spur develop?
The plantar fascia runs along the bottom of your feet from your heel bone to end of your feet. Increasing stress and strain along the plantar fascia results in inflammation and microtears along the origin of the plantar fascia, or where the plantar fascia starts on the heel bone. The inflammation and microtears that occur causes the heel bone to respond with calcifications that extend out along the path of the plantar fascia.
The bone spur is the RESULT of heel pain not the CAUSE of heel pain.
Bone spurs are treated by treating your heel pain. In general, you treat heel pain with good supportive shoes and orthotics, icing, massaging the area, stretches, and anti-inflammatory medication.
So, does the presence of your bone spur matter? Is it something that needs to be removed? The answer is No. Treat your heel pain so that you can get back to doing the activities you love to do and forget about that heel spur.
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