The main symptom of heel spurs is pain under the middle of one or both heels for a prolonged period of time, sometimes years. This may indicate that an original condition of plantar fasciitis has been present.
What causes heel spurs?
Our feet have a thick, fibrous band of tissue called the plantar fascia, which connects our heel bones to the balls of our feet. The plantar fascia stretches and strains when the muscles that form and maintain the arch system of the feet don’t work efficiently.
When this happens, the arches can’t safely manage the vertical forces that are generated by our body weight. As a result, our arches collapse, creating stress and strain on the plantar fascia.
Heel spurs occur when that tissue is continually strained over time and calcium deposits form a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone.