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Heel Spur

A heel spur is a bonelike growth that originates from the heal bone of the foot. High levels of stress to the heel bone cause the body to calcify the soft tissue in the heel. This condition is common in older athletes who run a significant amount.

Symptoms

  • Pain in the heel
  • Inflammation of the heel
  • Tenderness throughout the heel

Treatment

  • Heat and elevation to alleviate the pain
  • Foam pad in heel of shoe
  • Ultrasound and whirlpool therapy
  • Taping of the foot
  • Stretching the affected area
  • Surgery to remove the growth

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