Calcaneal spur - Definition

March 2017


Definition


A calcaneal spur, or heel spur, is a bony growth on the heel, called the calcaneus. It is secondary to inflammation of the fascia membrane that links the calcaneus to the feet phalanges, the condition therefore is called plantar fasciitis. Calcaneal spurs are thus responsible for pain in the front of the heel, around the sole of the foot, that are usually relieved by exercise but aggravated by rest. The membrane generally becomes inflamed due to minute, repeated trauma, and calcifies little by little, which can be visible on X-ray of the foot. The treatment is based on analgesic agents. Corticosteroids and surgical options are rarely necessary.

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