What are Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are abnormal growth that develop on the heel bone because of calcium deposits. These calcium deposits build up because of a condition called plantar fasciitis, where the arches of the feet are weak and cause damage to the plantar fascia tendon that connects to the heel. People with flat feet (over-pronation) often develop heel spurs. Also individuals with high arches and women often develop heel spurs because of the type of footwear they often wear
What Causes Heel Spurs
Flat feet, high arches, Plantar Fasciitis, improper footwear and other factors.
How Can You Treat Heel Spurs?
First, you must figure out why the heel spurs are forming. After you have found the cause, then you can treat the symptoms and prevent the spurs from forming. If you have flat feet, an orthotic insole is most effective. It will support the arches as well as stabilize the heel. Other methods of treatment include: stretches & exercises for the plantar fascia muscle, elevating the heels with heel devices, wearing proper shoes and possibly losing weight if that is causing your arches to collapse.