7 Common Traits Among People Who Develop Heel Spurs

If you have a bone spur, then a portion of a ligament has calcified (hardened) in an effort to better distribute and support your weight. When this bone spur occurs on the heel, it's called a heel spur, and because even a relatively light person puts a lot of weight on this part of the body in any given day, the result can be very painful. 

People who develop bone spurs often have a lot in common, and what they have in common may be exactly what you need to know in order to prevent and get relief for your bone spurs. Let's explore seven traits common among those with this condition.

1. Abnormal gait

Do you have an abnormal gait or different way of walking because of a past injury, aging, birth abnormality, or pain in another part of your foot? This misalignment puts extra and uneven pressure on parts of the foot that would normally not experience such pressure, and this may lead to heel spurs for which you need heel spur treatment.

2. Running on hard surfaces

Sidewalks and streets may give you a more even terrain on which to run or walk, but many people who develop bone spurs often run, walk, or stand on hard surfaces like these, creating additional pressure on the heel as well as the surrounding soft tissue with each impact.

If you run frequently or stand for long periods of time on a hard surface, wear proper shoes and replace them often, which leads us to our next trait.

3.  Poor footwear choices

Yet another common trait that you'll find among people with bone spurs is the fact that they either don't invest in good shoes or don't realize the importance of replacing worn-out pairs. Whether they do it because they value fashion over foot health or they're living a very thrifty lifestyle, these individuals may develop heel spurs. Choose shoes with good arch support and don't wear your shoes ragged — you're not doing yourself any favors.

4. Being overweight or obese

One in three Americans is overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Department of Health. Being even a little overweight can put undue stress on the heels, leading to the build-up of calcium deposits associated with heel spurs. If you are obese and have diabetes, then this may make matters worse as diabetes is often associated with calcification throughout the body, including the foot.

5. Have plantar fasciitis

Your plantar fascia is a thin, long ligament that rests immediately below the skin on the bottom of your foot. This fibrous tissue connects the heel to the front of the foot and supports your arches. Foot arches absorb impact by slowly collapsing when you put your foot down and concaving when you lift the foot. This helps distribute weight evenly across the foot. Too much stress on the bottom of the foot causes inflammation, stiffness, and pain of this ligament and a collapsing of the arches, which may lead to or accompany heel spurs.

6. New to exercise

If you're a generally sedentary person who has just made that very important decision to get in shape, you may suddenly be putting a lot of pressure on your feet that they aren't used to, especially if you're overweight. If you start experiencing foot pain when you begin a new workout regimen, you should schedule an appointment with Achilles Foot Care soon because the sooner you get it treated the faster you can get back to meeting your fitness goals.

7. Have no pain

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a surprisingly large number of people develop bone spurs in their lifetime, as many as 10% of the population. A tiny percentage of these individuals, only around 5%, have pain, so if you have heel spurs without pain, you may not need to remove them, but chances are that because you're reading this article, you're one of the "lucky" ones who do experience pain from your heel spurs, in which case, Dr. Roberto can help you find relief through non-surgical treatment options.

If you're experiencing pain in your heel and middle of your foot, don't wait to get a proper diagnosis and seek treatment. Book online today.

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