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Are Heel Spurs Causing My Heel Pain?

Heel spurs, bony outgrowths that develop on the underside of the heel bone, can cause heel pain when they rub against the soft tissues of your feet. Heel spurs do not usually cause pain. Pain typically comes about when the spurs press against or irritate the plantar fascia, a band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot. People with plantar fasciitis are more prone to developing heel spurs due to chronic inflammation. The pain associated with heel spurs is typically most pronounced during the first steps in the morning or after prolonged periods of rest. Treatment for heel spurs may include stretching exercises, orthotic inserts, or other interventions to alleviate discomfort associated with heel spurs and promote overall foot health. If you are experiencing heel pain or heel spurs, it is suggested you consult with a podiatrist for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment plan.  

Many people suffer from bouts of heel pain. For more information, contact Lance Greiff, DPM of Great Neck Podiatry. Our doctor can provide the care you need to keep you pain-free and on your feet.

Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is often associated with plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia is a band of tissues that extends along the bottom of the foot. A rip or tear in this ligament can cause inflammation of the tissue.

Achilles tendonitis is another cause of heel pain. Inflammation of the Achilles tendon will cause pain from fractures and muscle tearing. Lack of flexibility is also another symptom.

Heel spurs are another cause of pain. When the tissues of the plantar fascia undergo a great deal of stress, it can lead to ligament separation from the heel bone, causing heel spurs.

Why Might Heel Pain Occur?

  • Wearing ill-fitting shoes                  
  • Wearing non-supportive shoes
  • Weight change           
  • Excessive running


Heel pain should be treated as soon as possible for immediate results. Keeping your feet in a stress-free environment will help. If you suffer from Achilles tendonitis or plantar fasciitis, applying ice will reduce the swelling. Stretching before an exercise like running will help the muscles. Using all these tips will help make heel pain a condition of the past.

If you have any questions please contact our offices located in Great Neck Bronx, NY . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot and ankle needs.

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