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What Are Heel Spurs?

What Are Heel Spurs?

All adults experience heel pain from time to time. However, if your heels are in constant pain and you are having difficulty completing your daily activities, you may have a heel spur. Heel spurs are a common problem, and can be quite painful. Luckily, there are solutions to your heel spur problem.

Heel Spurs

A heel spur is an abnormal calcium deposit on your heel. At times, heel spurs can grow to be half an inch long. Although the heel spurs themselves are painless, they can cause heel pain that can become quite severe. Heel spurs do not happen suddenly but build up and become worse over time.

There are several reasons heel spurs occur. If you are an athlete that runs and jumps frequently, you are prone to heel spurs. This is especially true if you walk or jog over hard surfaces, such as streets or in a gym on a track. You can also develop heel spurs because of abnormalities in your gait that place pressure on your heels. Improperly fitted shoes can also cause heel spurs. If you are overweight, are diabetic, or are over 60, you are also at greater risk for heel spurs.

The solution to heel spurs is to be sure that you are wearing shoes that fit properly. You may want to look for extra cushioning at the heel as well. If you are overweight, try and cut down on your food intake and exercise more frequently. There are also cushions you can buy to help with the pain of heel spurs. They can fit into any shoes and will relieve the pain you may be experiencing. The sooner you treat your heel spurs, the sooner you can get back to living your best life.

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