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What are heel spurs?

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A heel spur is a calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. On an X-ray, a heel spur can extend forward by as much as a half-inch. Without visible X-ray evidence, the condition is sometimes known as "heel spur syndrome."

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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