An inferior calcaneal spur consists of a calcification of the calcaneus, which lies superior to the plantar fascia at the insertion of the plantar fascia. A posterior calcaneal spur is often large and palpable through the skin and may need to be removed as part of the treatment of insertional Achilles tendonitis 2 These are also generally visible to the naked eye. 3 Many treatment options exist, and good results are often observed. Generally, a calcaneal spur develops when proper care is not given to the foot and heels. It is often seen as a repetitive stress injury, and thus lifestyle modification is typically the basic course of management strategies. Some doctors just give patients an injection of cortisone for the pain around the heel spur. As you know cortisone has major side effects. Did you ever wonder why you are not recommended more than three shots in your lifetime? In the case of plantar fasciitis the negative reaction can be serious and make it worse. You could more easily rupture of plantar fascia causing the entire arch to collapse requiring pretty radical surgery. Doctors and trainers recommend stretching exercises and specifically stretching the calf muscle thinking that the calf (Achilles tendon – gastrocnemius and soleus) is pulling the heel up causing more tension on the fascia. You would think that running and jumping as in plyometrics would make one more susceptible to heel spurs due to the stresses of the landings. This is only true if you have a weak, stiff or locked spring mechanism at the time of the training. There is no one perfect approach. However, we should approach to heel spurs and other conditions with logic that follows the laws of physics and nature. I have tried my best to present to you my best recommendations based on these laws, the prevailing scientific literature and my many years of clinical experience Bone spurs are bony projections that form along joints. They are often seen in conditions such as arthritis. Bone spurs are largely responsible for limitations in joint motion and can cause pain. Bone spurs themselves rub against nearby nerves and bones and cause pain. Bone spurs are often called osteophytes. It is not uncommon for people with osteoarthritis to get bone spurs. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition in which joint cartilage begins to wear down, causing bone to rub against bone. As a result, the body may begin to produce new bone to protect against this, which is how a bone spur forms. Heel spurs are frequently seen in people suffering from foot pain as a result of plantar fasciitis. They are commonly observed in middle aged men and women. However, it can be seen in people of all age groups, as well. Heel spur is not the root cause of the pain, but irritation and inflammation of the plantar fascia is the root problem. If the heel pain you are experiencing is from Plantar Fasciitis there are some things that can be done at home to ease the pain and make living with Plantar Fasciitis easier. First lets look at what exactly is Plantar Fasciitis.