Heel Spurs & Plantar Fasciitis
William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.
John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
- Heel spurs & plantar fasciitis facts
- What is a heel spur? What are symptoms of a heel spur?
- How do heel spurs relate to plantar fasciitis? What causes heel spurs and plantar fasciitis?
- How are heel spurs and plantar fasciitis diagnosed?
- How are heel spurs and plantar fasciitis treated?
- What is the prognosis (outlook) of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis?
- Can heel spurs and plantar fasciitis be prevented?
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Heel spurs & plantar fasciitis facts
- A heel spur is a pointed bony outgrowth of the bone of the heel (the calcaneus bone).
- Heel spurs under the sole of the foot (plantar area) are associated with plantar fasciitis.
- Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis can occur alone or be related to underlying diseases.
- Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are treated by measures that decrease the associated inflammation and avoid reinjury.
What is a heel spur? What are symptoms of a heel spur?
A heel spur is a pointed bony outgrowth of the bone of the heel (the calcaneus bone). They are attributed to chronic local inflammation at the insertion of soft tissue tendons or fascia in the area. Heel spurs can be located at the back of the heel or under the heel, beneath the sole of the foot. Heel spurs at the back of the heel are frequently associated with inflammation of the Achilles tendon (tendinitis) and cause tenderness and pain at the back of the heel made worse while pushing off the ball of the foot.
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