A calcium deposit, or excessive bone growth on the heel, especially on the underside of the bone causes a protrusion called a calcaneal spur, commonly referred to as heel spur. This protrusion sometimes can extend towards the toes.
Here are 10 important facts about calcaneous spurs that you should know:
1. There is a fibrous strip of connective tissue that stretches from your heels to your toes on the bottom of your foot. A painful tear in the tissue known as known as plantar fascia, can lead to heel spurs.
2. Spurs can decrease the arch of the foot, and show up after the arch in the foot is completely developed, which makes it more commonplace among children aged six and above.
3. Women tend to suffer more from calcaneal spurs than men, and rely on over-the-counter medications including iboprufen for pain-relief