A heel spur is a sharp bony growth at the front side of the Calcaneus (or heel bone).
The calcaneus is one of the largest bones in the foot and makes up the rear, or heel, of the foot. A strong band of ligaments (the so-called Plantar Fascia) stretches across the sole of the foot below the surface of the skin and is attached to a point in the middle of the undersurface of the calcaneus.
Due to a number of factors the Plantar Fascia become overly stretched and persistent traction (tugging) on the attachment point of the Fascia into the heel bone leads to irritation, inflammation and pain at this site. This painful condition is known as "Plantar Fasciitis".
Sometimes over a long period of time, a sharp 'spur' develops at the site of this traction on the bone and protrudes into the surrounding tissue. This has also been known as 'policeman's heel', although this term is not often used, perhaps because policeman do not 'walk the beat' as much as they used to.
It should be noted that the heel spur itself is actually not causing any pain. It is the inflamed tissue around the spur that causes pain and discomfort. Many people who suffer heel pain, are quick to conclude that they have heel spurs, whereas general heel pain is a lot more common than heel spurs. Only an x-ray of the heel bone will prove whether a person has a true heel spur.
There are a variety of treatment options dor Heel Spurs and Heel Pain, including ice, painkillers, a soft heel pad, cortisone injections - even surgery! However, resarch has shown that the most effective way of achieving pain relief is to treat the CAUSE of the problem. I.e. by correcting poor foot function, in particular over-pronation.
Developed by Australian podiatrists, Footlogics orthotics correct over-pronation and greatly improve poor foot function. By wearing Footlogics in your shoes, the excessive tension on the Plantar Fascia is being released, thus treating the actual cause of "Plantar Fasciitis". In addition, a cushioning shock-absorbing heel pad under the orthotic reduces the impact on the painful heel, providing relief and walking comfort.