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Two Types of Heel Spurs

Some people develop bone spurs. They are defined as small, bony protrusions that can form from repetitive use and a common place for them to occur is the heel. There are two categories of heel spurs, consisting of heel spur syndrome and insertional Achilles tendonitis. When a spur is felt on the back of the heel it is known as insertional Achilles tendonitis. A spur that forms in the plantar fascia, the band of tissue that connects the heels to the toes, falls into heel spur syndrome. This generally happens as a result of straining the surrounding ligaments and muscles, possibly causing pain and discomfort. A spur that forms in the back of the heel may irritate the Achilles tendon, which connects the calf muscles to the heels. Many people do not have pain with a heel spur, but for those who do a chiropodist can offer effective relief and treatment solutions.

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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