stone bruiseA common cause of heel spurs may be plantar fasciitis, and is often described by patients as a “stone bruise”. It’s generally painful, and can typically be worse in the morning. There may be other causes of the pain, including nerve entrapment or tumors which need to be ruled out by a podiatrist. Wearing high heels or wearing footwear that does not provide proper support can result in heel pain. Patients can be treated successfully without surgery about 80% of the time using remedies such as anti-inflammatories, orthotics, and possibly corticosteroid injections. Another treatment that may also help with heel pain is extracorporeal shock wave therapy. Please consult a podiatrist if considering this treatment.

Heel spurs can be incredibly painful and sometimes may make you unable to participate in physical activities. To get medical care for your heel spurs, contact Dr. Spencer Hardy from Red Mountain Footcare. Our doctor will do everything possible to treat your condition.

What are Heels Spurs?

Heel spurs are formed by calcium deposits on the back of the foot where the heel is. This can also be caused by small fragments of bone breaking off one section of the foot, attaching onto the back of the foot. Heel spurs can also be bone growth on the back of the foot. Bone may grow in the direction of the arch of the foot.

Older individuals usually suffer from heel spurs. Pain sometimes intensifies with age. Heel spurs are known to cause a substantial amount of pain. One of the main associations spurs are related to is plantar fasciitis.


The pain associated with spurs is often because of weight placed on the feet. When someone is walking, their entire weight is concentrated on the feet. Bone spurs then have the tendency to affect other bones and tissues around the foot. As the pain continues, the feet will become tender and sensitive over time.

Heel Spur Treatments

There are many ways to treat heel spurs. If one is suffering from heel spurs in conjunction with pain, there are several methods for healing. Medication, surgery, and herbal care are some options.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our office located in Mesa, AZ. We offer the latest in diagnostic and treatment technology to meet your needs.

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