A heel spur is a bone-like growth located between the heel bone and the arch of the foot. It’s important to note the growth is composed of deposited calcium, but bears a similar resemblance to a bone.
This diagnosis is rooted in extensive muscle and ligament strain, which stresses the heel bone. The spurs then develop as an attempt to protect the strained heel plate. Repetitive and strenuous exercises like running or jumping on hard surfaces is a common cause. Patients with arthritis, excess body weight, or bruised heels are at a higher risk for developing heel spurs.