|Heel spurs are small bony growths about 0.13 in. (0.32 cm) or longer on
underside of the heel bone.
point parallel to the bottom of the foot and do not cause weight-bearing problems when the
person stands or moves.
In the past, it was thought that heel spurs caused heel pain and plantar
There is now some disagreement about heel spurs.
Some experts believe they may occur with plantar
fasciitis but are unrelated to it. Others believe they cause heel pain, and some believe
they are a natural result of aging.
In general, heel spurs are believed to be the result of the process of
how plantar fasciitis develops (not the cause of it). They may occur due to inflammation
and to the pulling of the plantar fascia on the heel bone.
There seems to be strong agreement that simply
having heel spurs (seen on an X-ray) does not (by itself) mean that a person needs
surgery. Some people have heel spurs and no pain; others have heel pain and no spurs.