Facebook Live 28th May 2019
A question we often get asked at the clinic is can you get rid of a heel spur? In short, yes you
can. But does it get rid of the pain? No it doesn’t.
A heel spur is a bony growth underneath your heel which is attached to your heel bone. It’s
often thought that heel spurs are painful because it looks nasty on an x-ray however studies
have suggested that there is often no correlation with pain with heel spurs.
In fact, the underlying cause is usually a soft tissue injury such as Plantar Fasciitis/Fasciosis
as the cause of pain. The Plantar Fascia is the ligament which is attached to the heel bone
and due to constant stretching with every step we take, the Plantar Fascia is pulling on the
heel bone. The constant stress placed onto the heel bone due to pulling results in the
formation of the heel spur.
The bottom line is to treat the underlying cause as this is what is not only causing your pain,
but also the formation of the heel spur.