The heel bone is the largest bone in the foot. It absorbs most of the shock and pressure that the foot is subjected to. Over time, this can cause trauma to the heel and cause problems, like heel spurs, which is a pointed bony growth on the heel bone.
Some common causes of heel spurs include:
Heel spurs can be located at the back of the heel, under it and even beneath the sole of the foot. They often occur along with another foot condition called Planta Fasciitis which is an inflammation of the cord like tissue that runs under the foot from the base of the heel to the base of the toes.
The outlook for those suffering from heel spurs is generally quite good. In most cases the condition responds well to medication and non-surgical treatments and exercise. Surgical intervention is often not necessary. As with all medical conditions, the earlier heel spurs are diagnosed and treatment begun, the better the chances of success and faster the recovery. If you have persistent symptoms like those described here, it will be wise to consult a podiatrist to begin treatment as soon as possible.