Heel spurs are small, bony growths on the underside of the heel bone. They usually are less than a quarter of an inch (6 mm) long. But they may be longer.
There is now some disagreement about heel spurs:
Doctors agree that the appearance of heel spurs on an X-ray does not by itself mean that a person needs surgery. Some people have heel spurs and no pain. Other people have heel pain and no spurs.
Last Revised: July 13, 2011
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