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A bone spur (osteophyte) is a bony growth formed on normal bone. Most people think of something sharp when they think of a spur, but abone spur is just extra bone. It's usually smooth, but it can cause wear and tear or pain if it presses or rubs on other bones or soft tissues such as ligaments or tendons in the body. Common places for bone spurs include the spine, shoulders, hands, hips, knees, and feet. A bone spur forms as the body tries to repair itself by building extra bone. It generally forms in response to pressure, rubbing, or stress that continues over a long period of time.

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A heel spur is commonly associated with Plantar Fasciitis. The Plantar Fascia is a long piece of tissue that stretches along the bottom of the foot. It helps to support the arch and is responsible for some of the load bearing the foot undertakes during daily activity. Plantar Fasciitis is a painful inflammation of the Plantar Fascia that causes it to become overly tense against the foot. This tension adds pressure to the bones of the feet, which in turn can cause extra calcium to form. This extra calcium creates a bone spur. The bone spur in itself is not painful, but it causes pain by rubbing up against and further aggravating the inflammation. Even in the absence of Plantar Fasciitis, a bone spur can still rub painfully against the foot, especially when confined in a less then optimal shoe.

Anyone suffering from heel spurs should, of course, seek treatment from a Podiatrist who may recommend any number of remedies to assist in treating the condition. Aside from medical treatment options, wearing the right kind of shoe can assist in providing relief and comfort to sufferers of heel spurs during their day to day activities.

New Balance provides a wide range of comfortable shoes, and getting a shoe with a high arch and plenty of stability and support is recommended. New Balance also offers a line of shoe inserts to provide extra cushioning and relief if a heel spur sufferer needs to be on their feet for extended periods of time during the day.