What Are the Symptoms of a Bone Spur on the Heel?

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Although a bone spur on the heel may not present any symptoms in some cases, it may cause a sharp pain in others. The pain may be worse in the morning, especially after taking a few a steps, states WebMD. Other symptoms of a heel spur can be inflammation and tearing of tissue caused if there is compression of a spur on adjoining tendons or ligaments.

A heel spur is a bony protrusion that can develop at the back or under the heel. When the heel spur is located at the back of the heel, it can lead to symptoms, such as tenderness and pain in this area. This may be caused by swelling in the Achilles tendon, notes MedicineNet.

There can be many causes for heel spurs, including wearing very tight shoes, obesity, an injury and excessive stretching or pulling of the tissue band called the plantar fascia. Treatment options for a heel spur can be taking ibuprofen or getting cortisone shots for any inflammation, the use of orthotics and possible surgery in some cases.