CALCANEAL SPUR Overview
WHAT IS A CALCANEAL SPUR?
Calcaneal spur is just a bony outgrowth from the calcaneal tuberosity, calcaneal spur also called heel spur, it a calcium deposit causing bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone.
When a foot is exposed to constant stress,it leads to calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel bone.
There are various activities which increase the risk of developing calcaneal spur:
- Athletic activities-running and jumping can wear down the heel and arch of the foot.
- Activity on hard surface-frequent walking ,running,or jumping on hard surfaces can wear down the heel.
- Trauma to the heel-repeated injury ,bruising and tearing the membrane that covers it can lead to heel spurs.
- Getting older:common in old age
- Sex-heel spur is more common in female.
- Being overweight: in obese persond the risk of developing of calcaneal spur is high.
- Impropers footwear:frequently wearing shoes that do not fit properly ,have lost their support,or are not supportive,such as flip-flops,can lead to heel spur.
- There are some medical conditions that may cause heel spurs:
- Reactive arthritis
- Ankylosing spondylitis
- Plantar fasciitis
There is misunderstanding between heel spur and plantar fasciitis because a heel spur is calcium deposits that forms a bony protrusion along the plantar fascia.
In contrast,plantar fasciitis is a condition where the plantar fasciitis gets irritated and swollen,which causes pain in the heel.