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What are the symptoms of a heel spur?

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While heel spurs cause no symptoms in many people, in others, they cause ongoing or intermittent pain in the heel area when walking, running or jogging, according to WebMD. The source of the pain is most often not caused from the heal spur itself but from injury to the soft tissue that surrounds the heel spur.

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Often dissipating during the day, the initial pain upon standing in the morning can be likened to a pin or knife sticking into the heel of the foot, according to WebMD. Throughout the day, the pain is often a dull ache. However, after sitting for long periods, the sharp pain can return upon standing.

Caused by calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel bone, heel spurs occur over a long period of time, according to WebMD. They are most common in athletes who run and jump a lot, but they can occur in anyone. Risk factors that can contribute to developing heel spurs include walking abnormalities, poorly fitting shoes and obesity. Non-surgical treatments such as stretching exercises, shoe inserts and physical therapy can be effective in treating most heel spurs. When non-surgical treatment does not alleviate pain within a year, surgery may be recommended.

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