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Problems with feet in adulthood is quite a common occurrence. Women in particular tend to suffer due to years of wearing unsuitable footwear - even though our mothers warned us this would happen ! If you think about foot problems you would probably think about corns, bunions and ingrowing toenails. One particular foot issue that you may not be that familiar with is the heel spur. Heel spur pain often occurs in people who have suffered with painful feet which has been caused by plantar fasciitis. Here we will discuss heel spurs and look some ways of getting relief.

Heel spurs develop on the heel bone. Its appearance is similar to a small nail. The condition occurs when ligaments and tendons of the foot attach themselves to the heel bone. It Usually heel spurs would be seen in middle aged patients, but there is no reason why other age groups could not be affected. It would be very unlikely for a young child to develop heel spurs due to the formation of the foot during natuarl growth.

People who jog or run are often affected due to the pressure that this activity puts on the feet. Good quality running shoes are a good investment if this is your favourite way to keep feet. They are designed to support the foot where it is needed and provide a "cushion" like feeling when running which helps the joints in general.

The actual heel spur is not likely to cause the pain, it would be down to inflammation and irritation. A doctor will make of diagnosis of a heel spur by arranging for X-ray to be taken. If a heel spur is present, the X-ray will show a hook of bone sticking out from the bottom of the foot at the point where the plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone.

With regard to treatment for heel spurs - the only real option to rid yourself of them completely is surgery. However, you need to do plenty of research and be happy with your consultant before taking the option of foot surgery. You also have the option of heel cups, heel seats, heel pads, arch supports, and insoles, all of which will provide relief from the pain, but will not provide a cure.

So if you do suffer from heel spur pain you can be assured that there are options available to you out there. Be sure to explore everything o offer and take advice to get the most suitable relief or treatment.


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