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Eating Healthy Foods May Affect a Heel Spur

A heel spur is small but capable of causing severe pain and discomfort. Heel spurs develop on the bottom of the heel over a period of time and are defined as a bony growth or calcium deposit. This calcium deposit can develop as a result of repeated stress on the foot ligaments and tendons. Wearing shoes that do not fit correctly may contribute to getting a heel spur, in addition to frequently running on uneven surfaces. Research suggests that the risk of a heel spur may be reduced when a healthy lifestyle is practiced. This can include eating foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and fatty fish. It is beneficial to avoid foods that consist of red meats, dairy products, caffeine, and processed foods. If you would like more information about heel spurs and how eating healthy foods may help patients who have heel spurs, please ask a chiropodist who can answer any questions you may have.

Heel spurs are bony outgrowths from calcium deposits. They occur at the back of the heel bone or underneath the heel bone and usually form in response to chronic irritation of the Achilles tendon or plantar fascia. They are often asymptomatic, but if you are suffering from heel pain, please consult with Paul A. Scotti, D.Ch from West Toronto Foot & Ankle Clinic Inc. . Our chiropodist can help you maintain the health of your lower limbs and your mobility. 

Symptoms of Heel Spurs

  • Tenderness

  • Heel pain

  • Pain when walking

  • No symptoms


Since heel spurs are often asymptomatic, they are usually only diagnosed when they are found on the heels incidentally during an X-ray taken for another reason. Nevertheless, if you have heel pain, and particularly if you have plantar fasciitis or Achilles tendonitis, it may be worth it to see if you have heel spurs too. 


Unless they are causing symptoms, heel spurs typically don’t require any treatment. When they are symptomatic, treatments are typically conservative. They may include resting and icing the affected foot, taking anti-inflammatory medications, and wearing orthotics or supportive footwear, especially while exercising. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our office located in . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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