Calcaneal Spurs | Dealing With Them

The calcaneus is what most people know as the heel bone and calcaneal spurs are bony protrusions on the calcaneous. The spurs are a result of repeated stress on the heel bone and the tissues attached to it, causing the ligaments and tendons to calcify into a bony structure. They can cause plenty of pain on their own, but the calcaneus is the most commonly fractured bone in the foot, making calcaneal spurs even more of a nuisance if they were to fracture.

An obvious indicator of any fracture is pain, and it’s very pronounced with calcaneal spurs as they occur on the bone you always carry your weight on. Fractures in this area often feel like sharp or stabbing pain inside of the heel. The pain will increase when walking across firm or uneven surfaces as more weight is put on the heel for balance.

Allowing the foot to rest will allow the pain to subside but only until movement resumes. Individuals with fractured calcaneal spurs report that the pain is usually worst in the morning when waking up. As with any fracture, the painful calcaneal spurs will cause bruising and swelling. Swelling can spread from the heel down the foot and up the ankle since the foot often does not get adequate circulation

Immediate sharp pain is the sign of a common fracture in calcaneal spurs that could be caused by running, jumping, or landing too heavily on the feet. Calcaneal spurs that have dull pain that increases over time could have a stress fracture. Stress fractures are small cracks that start in a less painful manner and often don’t’ bruise so many people ignore them. It is important they are addressed as they could lead to calcaneal collapse.

Fractured calcaneal spurs are painful injuries, if you also notice bruising or swelling in the are of your calcaneous, it is likely that you could have a fracture on your calcaneal spur. To relieve pain and prevent further damage, rest with your foot elevated above your heart and apply ice to reduce swelling until you can see a doctor.

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