Nonetheless,most times, heel spurs are caused by repetitive motion and excessivestretching of the plantar fascia ligament caused by sports or athleticactivity, and can also be caused by heavy lifting.Plantar-Fasciitis.org cites that certain types of arthritis as well asdiabetes can raise the chances of developing either of these painfulconditions. But they go on to state that most cases are caused bywearing improperly-fitting shoes. Arch supports and orthotics (custom made arch supports) are a very popular treatment modality among Podiatrists, Chiropractors and Therapists and have proven very successful in controlling abnormal gait, excessive pronation and support of the plantar fascia. In many instances, these devices cannot be worn due to shoegear restrictions. More recent treatments are aimed at improving the function of the supportive muscles of the foot so that the ligament is better protected and has more chance of repairing. This is important as, although the plantar fascia is one of the main supportive structures in maintaining the upright posture of the foot, there are at least 2 other muscles in the foot that have a similar role. Therefore if the plantar fascia is injured, the other structures will have to overwork and compensate resulting in over-sensitive muscles that fatigue early and develop knots (known as trigger points) further stressing the injured plantar fascia. If ignored, the cycle will continue. Apple cider vinegar is an effective home remedy. Dip a cotton towel or cotton bandage in apple cider vinegar, fold it up and place it on your heel. Secure the towel or bandage in place with tape. Wear it regularly for a few days. Make a mixture of apple cider vinegar, molasses, and baking soda and rub it on your heel spur. Applying ice to the heel and massaging the area with coconut oil are also good home remedies. A best way to reduce the pain and discomfort associated with this bony growth is to immerse your feet in a warm bath of Epsom salts. Is it possible to grow a bone spur on the back of the now healed and fused shattered bone? It's acting more like the bone is being squeezed flat, thus the back of it is sticking out much more prominently than even a few months ago. Does the bone spur have to be an actual spur, like a thumb sticking out, or can it grow like a mound, or, in my case from what it feels like, an erupting volcano? Thanks to any ideas or suggestions. This blessed leg just can't seem to straighten itself up long enough for me to get back on my feet. Before deciding to do something about your calcaneal pain, it is important to know the causes of this condition. Knowing the reason why you are suffering from this discomfort is an important part of the whole treatment process. Basically, people who put too much stress on their heels are the ones who develop heel spurs. Those who love wearing high heels or those who are a little on the heavy side are people who are prone to acquiring this excruciating condition. To prevent or treat this abnormal bone growth, here are some tips and ideas.