A bone spur is a hard projection that develops on the edge of a bone. It usually grows when that portion of the bone is under stress and pressure. Depending on how and where one develops, you may never notice symptoms from it. Other times, spurs can make walking and other normal foot functions very uncomfortable. One of the most common sources of spurs is from chronic plantar fasciitis. The plantar fascia band attached to the heel pulls on the bone, causing pain—and providing the stress and pressure needed to allow a spur to grow under the connective tissue.
Another common places for spurs is the back of the heel, where the Achilles tendon attaches and pulls on the bone. Sometimes spurs can even grow out of joints with severe arthritis. The grinding in the joint causes the spur to grow. If you have a spur that’s causing you pain, don’t ignore it. Let Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona relieve the pain. Use our web request form, call, or fax to reach us: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for Gilbert; or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 for Chandler.