Heel pain describes many differing conditions that can be categorized around the calcaneus. Heel Spurs form as a result of traction at the calcaneal attachment of the plantar fascia, flexor digitorum brevis and abductor hallucis. Heel spurs develop as an abnormal growth in the heel bone due to calcium deposits that form when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel. This stretching of the plantar fascia is usually the result of over-pronation (flat feet), but people with unusually high arches (pes cavus) can also develop heel spurs.Heel complaints comprise 12.5-15% of all adult foot complaints.
Being overwieght places significant stress on the heel and thus may be one important causative factor in many of the conditions associated with heel spurs. A Pes Planus foot type with excessive pronation (flat feet/fallen arches) as well as a Pes Cavus (high arch) foot type also are causes of heel spurs. Also, shoes with a lack of support and cushion and being barefoot can make the pain more severe.
Corey's Bootery Certified Pedorthist Recommendations:
Shock absorbing heel pad, orthosis to distribute the fat pad under the center of the heel and Rocker soles. Also a proper fitting shoe counter, bubble stretch/patch in the heel counter to alleviate the pressure from the bone spur. If you suspect you are experiencing symptoms of heel spurs, we also recommend a consultation with your podiatrist/orthopedist for a prescription. Please click here for a list of Kalamazoo and Battle Creek area providers.