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Jul 5

Heel Spur VS Plantar Fasciitis; Symptoms, Relief & Treatment for How to Stop the Pain


Though closely connected, plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are two different conditions that can lead to your feet and heels feeling chronic or intermittent pain. Understanding the differences between the two conditions can help you better know which issue you are suffering from, the treatment you should pursue, and how you can reduce symptoms of pain and discomfort. We at Belmont Anderson and Associates would like to take the opportunity to discuss the differences between heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.

Source of Foot Pain

The source of the pain is the primary difference between plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Generally the pain felt in the arch of the foot and the heel often caused from damage or overuse of the plantar fascia is plantar fasciitis. Developed due to the trauma to the plantar fascia and are localized to the heel are tiny jagged calcium deposits, are the heel spurs.

Causes of Heel Spur & Plantar Fasciitis

Stress and damage to the plantar fascia ligament is what plantar fasciitis is and the area between the ball of your foot and the heel on the underside of your foot. Spending an excessive amount of time on your feet, wearing worn or unsupportive footwear, carrying extra weight, or enduring foot trauma can cause the stress. A secondary result of plantar fasciitis is the development of heel spurs. Small, sharp calcium deposits on the heel bone, known as heel spurs, grow in attempt to support the damaged fascia. If left untreated, the heel spurs can cause further damage and the fatty pads erode that are used to support the heels, which permanently damages the foot.

Symptoms of Heel Spurs & Plantar Fasciitis

As you can imagine, the heel spurs have a stabbing sensation in your heel or heels because of the sharp calcium deposits building up on your heel bone, they literally stab through the fatty tissue of the heel pad. The pain is usually more noticeable first thing in the morning and comes and goes throughout the day; especially after sitting for extended periods of time and then trying to stand and walk on your feet. A broader range of symptoms localized in the foot and heel area is the result of plantar fasciitis. Long before you feel the stabbing sensation of heel spurs, you will likely feel the pain of plantar fasciitis because a strained and damaged fascia is the main cause of heel spurs. Redness, swelling and inflammation in the heel and fascia are common symptoms of plantar fasciitis. First thing in the morning you will likely feel a sharp pain but as the fascia are stretched throughout the day, it starts to feel better. The heel feeling an aching, burning pain is a classic pain of plantar fasciitis.

Foot Pain Relief

If you can identify plantar fasciitis early, you can avoid heel spurs if you seek treatment promptly. If you’re spending a lot of time on your feet, give your feet breaks during the day. If necessary, reduce the exercise regiment as well. Reduce the inflammation by icing your feet. Wear shoes that have a thick cushioned sole and aren’t worn at the heel and offer plenty of support for both plantar fasciitis and heel spurs. Maintain a healthy weight to avoid straining your plantar fascia and heel.

Heel Spur & Plantar Fasciitis Treatment

If you can’t seem to find relief and suspect between heel spurs and plantar fasciitis, call Belmont Anderson and Associates and our medical experts will exam you foot and heels to diagnose your condition.