Heel Spurs What are heel spurs? A heel spur is caused by the buildup of calcium underneath the heel and can lead to pain and discomfort in the area, depending on the extend of the spur protrusion. The reason a heel spur develops is usually because of too much strain and pressure on the surrounding muscles and ligaments, which breaks down the membrane that is supposed to insulate the heel bone. Once that membrane is worn away, the bone becomes exposed and vulnerable to injury. What are the symptoms of heel spurs? Heel spurs are often marked by tenderness, inflammation, and soreness that is heightened by standing for long periods of time and running. When it comes to heel spurs, symptoms may only appear years after the calcium has already started to collect in the heel. An X-ray can diagnose the condition and determine how far it has developed thus far. How do we treat heel spurs? Using a variety of stretching exercises, we help you work on your calves and heels to increase flexibility, improve strength, and relieve tension and pain. We may also recommend the use of ice to reduce swelling, depending on how inflamed you are at the time of treatment.