How Do Heel Spurs Develop?

How do heel spurs develop
Have you ever wondered… How do heel spurs develop? A heel spur is a regeneration of a bone that forms on the sole of the foot. Additionally, the development of this ailment can appear in the area where the Achilles tendon connects to the heel and may produce severe pain. In most cases, a strain experienced by the muscles of the leg can lead to the gradual development of a heel spur.  Causes of this type of discomfort may originate from shoes that fit incorrectly, additional body weight the feet must endure, or an injury that caused the heel to bruise. This may include noticing any type of aches and pain that may appear, especially on the sole of the foot.

How do heel spurs develop?

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. Small fragments of bone can break off a section of the bone.  Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. New bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact one of our podiatrists from Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center. Our doctors will do everything possible to treat your condition and explain how heel spurs develop.

Why are heel spurs so painful?

The pain associated with spurs is often because of the weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.


Moderate relief may be obtained from resting the foot in addition to performing gentle stretching exercises. It’s advisable to consult with a podiatrist for the best treatment options.

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If you’re suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options. Additionally, you may benefit from stretching, orthotics, and physical therapy.

If you have any questions feel free to contact one of our offices located in Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, FL. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment of heel spurs.

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Dr. Jason Gold, DPM, FACFAS

Known for his expertise in thorough diagnostic testing and a steady surgical hand, Jason M. Gold, DPM, is a leader in modern foot and ankle care and sports medicine. He’s one of a handful of doctors who’s board certified in foot and ankle surgery in Palm Beach County. Dr. Jason Gold cares for patients at Foot, Ankle & Leg Vein Center, a state-of-the-art practice with locations in Boca Raton and Boynton, Florida.

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus , DPM - Podiatrist in Boca Raton, FL

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus DPM, RPhs, FACFAS

Dr. Jodi Schoenhaus is a foot, ankle, and leg vein specialist practicing in South Florida. She is considered a leader and innovator for various procedures in her field, including fat pad and vein care. Dr. Schoenhaus grew up in southern New Jersey and she considers herself a true Philly girl. After graduating from the University of Michigan, having studied kinesiology and human movement, she went to Temple University in Philadelphia where she got her doctorate.

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