Heel spurs develop most commonly in those who tend to overstress or overuse the plantar fascia ligament. Athletes who are physically very active are the ones who are very prone to developing this condition. Overweight people and women who frequently wear high-heeled or ill fitting shoes are also susceptible to experiencing signs of this problem. Middle aged people, individuals with a history of back pain, those suffering from osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and persons with weak calf muscles or poor blood circulation are also at risk of developing heel spurs. to correct for heel spur syndrome is a common procedure which releases plantar fascia partially from its attachment to the calcaneous Post-operative Care and Risks of surgery for reduction of a heel spur or plantar fasciotomy most likely will involve resting and remaining off of your foot for 2-5 weeks. You may need a cast to protect you for a short time. Sometimes a soft bandage with a post-operative shoe is allowed. You should expect some pain following surgery as well as swelling. Especially for the first 48 hours you should keep your leg elevated and occasional ice placed over the area of surgery (about 20 minutes per hour). Surgical cuts are made through the skin so a scar is expected. Athletes(particularly runners, ballet dancer and aerobic dancers) are moresusceptible to this type of injury. Other contributing factors that canlead to the problem particularly in dancers are inadequate support inshoes, having high arches, wearing high heels, wearing old shoes (whichhave lost their support), not stretching properly or enough andignoring the problem. (All you dancers probably fit into at least one of these risk factors!) Alternatively,some dancers may be holding back on new shoes for financial reasons, asdance shoes can be rather pricey. But when you factor in the cost offuture medical bills and orthotics, you should consider getting the newpair of shoes as an investment in your health. This heel spur symptoms can be treated quite successfully without the need for any surgery. But, there are some cases where non-surgical heel pain treatment may fail and a surgery may be essential. Frequently patients suffering from heel pain will show a heel spur on x-ray. Earlier in the past, a lot of the heel spur surgeries that were performed to ease the pain in the heel were designed to entirely remove the bone spur. An opening was made on the bottom of the heel or the side of the heel and the spur is recognized and removed. Something my podiatrist had me do which helped immensely, was foot stretches. The one that worked best was taking a bath towel (an exercise band works, too) and placing it on the ball of my foot, then straightening out my leg and pulling the top of my foot back toward my body. Hold for 10 seconds, then relax. He had me do three sets of these three times a day. It worked wonders, and I'd had heel spurs for at least 10 years by the time I saw him. Terry from ChilliOH (05/17/2005) Stair Stretch Heel spur exercises you need to stand on top of a stair, or an elevated platform of some kind. Rest the balls of your feet on the stair, while the lasting portion is outside the area of the step. Using your hands to balance yourself, you must change your body weight so that you can feel the strain on your calf muscles. Hold the position for a few seconds, ad repeat this exercise 4-5 times a day. A heel spur results from an anatomical change of the calcaneus (heel bone). This involves the area of the heel and occasionally, another disability, such as arthritis Heel spurs are essentially a hook of bone that forms at the back of the foot near the base of the ankle. Heel spurs are also described as a calcium deposit that covers the tendons and ligaments of the ankle. Heel spurs cause extreme pain, and can prevent someone from walking or being physically active at a normal level. take an anti-inflammatory. If you are healthy and do not take any other medicines, or if you get your doctor's approval, you can take something like ibuprofen or naproxen to control the inflammation. Remember to take it with food. Acetaminophen is not anti-inflammatory but does help control pain. This type of disorder is more prone among the people with active life styles or the people who belongs to the sports field. This problem may also be caused by lifting of heavy objects. Various home remedies are available for heel spurs in various parts of the world. Some of the popular home remedies are given below - Abnormal functioning of the foot or an abnormal gait could cause excessive tension in a specific area of the heel that results in the spur. For example, pronation may cause more tension in a section of the fascia and a spur could result at that section's point of insertion into the heel.