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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.

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 August 28, 2020

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 August 28, 2020

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