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Heel Spurs & Plantar Fasciitis

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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.

Picture of the metatarsal (foot) and calcaneus (heel) bones, the plantar fascia ligament, and the Achilles tendon of the lower leg and foot


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