The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot and absorbs the most shock and pressure. A heel spur develops as an abnormal growth of the heel bone. Most commonly, calcium deposits form when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel area, causing a bony protrusion, or heel spur to develop. While bone spurs can develop in other locations such as the rear of the heel bone, this is the most common location for development. The plantar fascia is a broad band of fibrous tissue located along the bottom surface of the foot that runs from the heel to the forefoot. Heel spurs can cause extreme pain in the rearfoot, especially while standing or walking.
Heel spur common symptoms/complaints
Patients primarily complain of pain at the bottom of their heel while walking, running or standing.
How are heel spurs caused?
A bone spur forms as the body tries to repair itself by building extra bone. It generally forms in response to pressure, rubbing, or stress that continues over a long period of time.
Some bone spurs form as part of the aging process. As we age, the slippery tissue called cartilage that covers the ends of the bones within joints breaks down and eventually wears away (osteoarthritis). Bone spurs due to aging are especially common in the joints of the spine and feet.
Bone spurs also form in the feet in response to tight ligaments, to activities such as dancing and running that put stress on the feet, and to pressure from being overweight or from poorly fitting shoes. For example, the long ligament on the bottom of the foot (plantar fascia) can become stressed or tight and pull on the heel, causing the ligament to become inflamed (plantar fasciitis). As the bone tries to mend itself, a bone spur can form on the bottom of the heel (known as a “heel spur”). Pressure at the back of the heel from frequently wearing shoes that are too tight can cause a bone spur on the back of the heel. This is sometimes called a “pump bump,” because it is often seen in women who wear high heels.
How are heel spurs treated?
The key for the proper treatment of heel spurs is determining what is causing the excessive stretching of the plantar fascia. When the cause is over-pronation (flat feet), an orthotic with rear foot posting and longitudinal arch support is an effective device to reduce the over-pronation, and allow the condition to heal.
Other common treatments include stretching exercises, losing weight, wearing shoes that have a cushioned heel that absorbs shock, and elevating the heel with the use of a heel cradle, heel cup, or orthotic. Heel cradles and heel cups provide extra comfort and cushion to the heel, and reduce the amount of shock and shear forces experienced from everyday activities.
Best shoes for heel spurs
We carry a wide variety of shoes and sandals for heel spurs. Many of the supportive shoes we carry have great support which reduces the pressure on your heels. Additionally, we carry shoes with cushioned soles that reduce the impact on your heel like the MBT shoes. Most of the best shoes for heel spurs will have some sore of midfoot support built in so the arches of the foot remain supported through gait.
Many shoes will even have special soles which are specifically designed to offload the pain associated with heel spurs. Some shoes from Deer Tracks, MBT, Brooks and many others have these special feetures. Another feature the best shoes for heel spurs will have is additional arch support or removable insoles to accommodate custom orthotics.
Best arch supports for heel spurs
We have a wide variety of arch supports for heel spurs. The best arch support for heel spurs will have good shock absorption and off load the pressure to your heels. We have over the counter arch supports and custom molded orthotics which helps reduce the pain associated with heel spurs. Make an appointment today with a specialist to find out which heel spurs arch support is best for you!
We carry a wide variety of shoes and arch supports for heel spurs heel pain online and in Southern California. We have fit customers with heel spurs heel pain shoes and arch supports in Orange County, Inland Empire, Riverside and Los Angeles County.
Where to buy arch supports and shoes for heel spurs
At Lucky Feet Shoes, we carry a wide variety of arch supports and shoes for heel spurs online and in Southern California. We fit customers with arch supports and shoes for heel spurs in Orange County, Inland Empire, Riverside, Temecula and Los Angeles County. Our stores in Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, San Dimas, Anaheim Hills, Temecula, La Quinta, Palm Desert, Costa Mesa, and Long Beach. We invite you to stop by for a free foot analysis and try our arch supports and shoes for heel spurs. In addition, we have a large selection of comfort shoes, wide shoes, walking shoes, running shoes, arch supports, and custom orthotics!