Diseases

Heel Spurs

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A heel spur (calcaneus spur) is a spiny bone outgrowth on the heel bone. It is caused by small tendon injuries that calcify. Reason for such injuries are usually faulty and overloaded. In a heel spur walking or standing can be very painful. Here's what you can do to get rid of the symptoms.

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. M77ArtikelübersichtFersensporn

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Heel spur - short overview

  • Description: Spiny outgrowth of bone, usually at the lower, anterior edge of the heel bone
  • Treatment: Shoe inserts, cold therapy, physiotherapy, shock wave therapy, radiation, anti-inflammatory drugs, surgery
  • symptoms: Stinging pain in the back arch on standing and walking
  • Causes: Overload (for example, through sports), foot deformity, obesity, shortened tendons
  • Forecast: Therapy often tedious, often only within weeks or months effect, operations but usually not necessary
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Heel spur - description

A heel spur (calcaneus spur) is a spine-like outgrowth of the heel. The much more common form is formed from the lower front edge of the heel bone along the sole of the foot towards the toes (plantar heel spur). The rarer, dorsal heel spur arises at the base of the Achilles tendon.

Often a heel spur causes no discomfort and is only accidentally detected by X-rays. Complaints usually occur when the foot is heavily loaded. Because this can cause a small inflammation and swelling in the approach of the tendon on the heel bone. It can cause severe, stinging pain when walking or standing.

This creates the lower heel spurChronic micro-lesions on the tendon plate insertion of the lower calcaneal bone cause calcification, which later ossifies.

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