Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

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Plantar Fasciitis is the term used to describe heel pain caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia. The plantar fascia is the fibrous band that runs along the bottom of your foot and connects your heel bone to your toes. Most commonly this condition is associated with the first steps in the morning and upon rising after long periods of rest. Unlike other heel pain, true Plantar Fasciitis usually resolves within 4 to 6 weeks.

Plantar Fasciosis or Plantar Fasciopathy is the term used to describe heel and/or arch pain caused by overuse, degeneration and lack of healing to the plantar fascia tissue. This condition develops over time and after inflammation has decreased. If left untreated, Plantar Fasciosis and/or Plantar Fasciopathy can last for months or even years.

Heel Pad Syndrome (Fat Pad Syndrome): a deep, bruise like pain in the center or perimeter of the heel. Usually resulting from repeated impact activities in combination with weight gain and/or improper footwear.

Heel Spurs: A bony outgrowth of the calcaneal tuberosity (the large prominence on a bone on the bottom of the heel, that usually serves as an attachment site for muscles or ligaments to the bone). There is a higher percentage of the population with “heel spurs” that are asymptomatic. A heel spur is found via x-ray diagnostics and is often accompanied by occasional sharp pain in the heel when standing up in the morning, a constant dull ache in the heel throughout the day and/or a “stone feel” while barefoot.