A calcaneal spur is a small osteophyte that is located on the calcaneus or heel bone. Calcaneal spurs are generally detected by a radiological examination (X-ray). It happens when a foot bone is continuously exposed to stress due to which the calcium deposits start building up on the bottom of the heel bone. But this does not affect personâs daily life. But, repeated damage can cause the piling up of these deposits on each other and causing a spur-shaped deformity, called a calcaneal spur.
Calcaneal spurs often do not cause any symptoms but if inflammation develops then they may cause intermittent or chronic pain during some work like walking, jogging, or running. In general, the cause of the pain is the soft-tissue injury associated with it. Treatments for calcaneal spurs and its associated conditions include anti-inflammatory medications, exercise and cortisone injections. If these conservative treatments fail then surgery may be necessary.
Last date updated on July, 2014