What is Calcaneal Spur?
A calcaneal spur (or heel spur) is a small osteophyte (bone spur) located on the calcaneus (heel bone). Calcaneal spurs are typically detected by a radiological examination (X-ray).
When a foot bone is exposed to constant stress, calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone. Generally, this has no effect on a person’s daily life. However, repeated damage can cause these deposits to pile up on each other, causing a spur-shaped deformity, called a calcaneal (or heel) spur. Obese people, flat footed people, and women who constantly wear heels are most susceptible to heel spurs.
- Pain in the region surrounding the spur which typically increases in intensity after prolonged periods of rest.
- Heel pain very severe when waking up in the morning. Patients may not able to bear weight on the afflicted heel comfortably and exercise that involves running, walking or lifting heavy weight may exacerbate the issue.