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How can you prevent heel spurs?

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You can prevent heel spurs by wearing well-fitting shoes with shock-absorbent soles, rigid shanks, and supportive heel counters; choosing appropriate shoes for each physical activity; warming up and doing stretching exercises before each activity; and pacing yourself during the activities. Avoid wearing shoes with excessive wear on the heels and soles. If you are overweight, losing weight may also help prevent heel spurs.

From: Heel Spurs and Plantar Fasciitis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: American Podiatric Medical Association: "Heel Pain," "General Foot Health." American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine: "Running and Your Feet." American Podiatric Medical Association: "Rearfoot Surgery." FamilyDoctor.org: "Plantar Fasciitis: "A Common Cause of Heel Pain."        Green, D. Podiatry Today, May 2006.




DeLee: DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine,  3rd ed.

The Nemours Foundation.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 4, 2018

SOURCES: American Podiatric Medical Association: "Heel Pain," "General Foot Health." American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine: "Running and Your Feet." American Podiatric Medical Association: "Rearfoot Surgery." FamilyDoctor.org: "Plantar Fasciitis: "A Common Cause of Heel Pain."        Green, D. Podiatry Today, May 2006.




DeLee: DeLee and Drez's Orthopaedic Sports Medicine,  3rd ed.

The Nemours Foundation.

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on February 4, 2018

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