As one of your crucial supporting bones, heels absorb a lot of pressure. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to balance or stand upright. However, since each heel supports so much weight and force with every step you take, it can be prone to painful issues like heel spurs.
A Little Extra Heel Bone
A heel spur is an excess calcium deposit on the underside of your calcaneus, or heel bone. This extra bone growth is usually a small, pointed protrusion that develops from the strain of chronic plantar fasciitis. As your irritated plantar fascia—a long, fibrous supporting band attached to your heel—pulls on the bone, your body responds to the stress by increasing the hard tissue in that area. Some people can develop them and not experience any additional symptoms. Others, however, find the protrusion creates pain, especially when putting pressure on the heel.
Since this condition is connected to plantar fasciitis, the symptoms are generally the same. You feel a sharp pain underneath your heel, especially when you first stand in the morning or you rise after sitting for an extended period of time. Pressure on your heels from standing for a long time, or repeated impacts from walking or running, may be uncomfortable as well.