One of the most common causes of heel pain is heel spurs. Confused about spurs? A spur on the heel is a growth of bone that forms as a result of extra calcium deposits in your foot. These deposits usually stretch from the heel bone to the foot arch. The majority of heel spurs are a quarter-inch in length or smaller, though they may get larger in some people.
You can’t see a heel spur from the outside of the body, but they are very painful. Heel spurs will start at the front part of the heel and then take over other areas of the foot as time goes by. Often, they develop without causing pain which makes them harder to identify.
Some symptoms of heel spurs are paid during jumping, running, or walking. Swelling of the heel and ankle. Here are some of the main causes of heel spurs.
1. Improper Shoes
Women love to wear high-heels, but the habit can turn into pain and suffering later down the road. Those who wear high heels on a regular basis are more prone to developing heel spurs when flat footwear is worn later in life. High heels take the pressure of the foot off of the heel and transfers that pressure to the front.
Women who wear heels as part of their job or simply as a passion will notice varying amounts of discomfort when wearing flat healed or kitten-heeled shoes. After the switch, it is common for heel spurs to form along the affected area.
Those who have flat feet can also develop heel spurs due to improper footwear. Flat-footed athletes or people who spend a significant amount of time on their feet should use arch supports to help reduce the pressure along the heel. Without support, it is most likely that a heel spur will develop.