Heel spurs are caused by chronic plantar fasciitis. Plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is the fibrous band of tissue that connects the toes to the heel bone. The plantar fascia serves as the padding for the bottom of the foot. All the pressure form the body’s weight is on the bottoms of the feet. Over time, the plantar fascia develops micro tears and become inflamed, causing plantar fasciitis.

Plantar fasciitis is caused by the overuse of the plantar fascia. It is common in seniors and athletes. People with old age, athletes, people who stand a lot for work, overweight, and wearing improper footwear are at risk of plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.

If plantar fasciitis persists, or goes on without getting treatment, the body will try to repair itself. The body repairs the injured soft tissue with bone material. This is done with osteoblasts, a cell that secretes the matrix for bone formation. The bone forms a protrusion growing from the calcaneus (heel bone) towards the center of the feet. Bone spurs can form in other parts of the body. Heel spurs are also known as Calcaneal Spurs.

Heel spurs begin as foot pain. In the morning, you might feel a stabbing pain on the bottoms of your feet upon getting out of bed. You may also feel it after resting your feet. The pain is at its worst  during the first steps and will improve after it warms up. You may also feel a tender bony bump on your heel.

The condition progresses as chronic foot pain causes the plantar fascia to deteriorate. It can usually be confused with plantar fasciitis, but most cases may be plantar fasciitis. Heel spurs are usually diagnosed by a podiatrist, a foot specialist, based on the symptoms, history, and clinical examination.

If you are experiencing pain on your heel or any type of foot pain, consult with a podiatrist right away to discuss possible treatment options. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our podiatrists!