Heel Pain 101

What is Heel Spur Syndrome?

Heel spur syndrome is basically just another name for plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia.  

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What Are Bone Spurs?

Bone spurs are a very common foot problem. In the feet, bone spurs develop most frequently in the heel, near the toes or on top of the big toe joint. 

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What Is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis, also known as heel spur syndrome, causes the vast majority of heel pain.  

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What Is Plantar Fascia Release Surgery?

The goal of plantar fascia release surgery is to reduce or eliminate pain on the bottom of the heel. The surgery involves cutting the plantar fascia where it attaches to the heel bone.  

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Common Causes of Morning Foot Pain

Morning foot pain. It is a complaint podiatrists hear from their patients all the time. Many people suffer pain in their feet when they first wake up in the morning and wonder what is causing it.  

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Treating Heel Calluses

A callus is an area of hard, thickened skin. Generally, calluses on the foot will occur across the ball of the foot, on the outer side of the big toe, or on the heel. The callus is formed when the skin thickens in response to repeated pressure and friction as the shoe or ground rubs against a bone spur (a bony prominence) on the foot. Calluses are caused by small amounts of pressure and friction over long periods of time, while blisters or open sores are formed by a great deal of pressure and friction over a shorter amount of time. 

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Are Heel Spurs To Blame For My Heel Pain?

It is a question that podiatrists hear often and the truth is while bone spurs are common foot problem, heel spurs rarely cause pain. A bone spur is a small outgrowth of bone and a heel spur is just a bone spur that is located in the heel. Bone spurs are generally harmless. However, at times, their location may cause friction and discomfort from shoes or other foot structures, which can cause other foot problems.  

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Common Causes of Heel Pain

Heel pain is a common complaint. It is most prevelant among middle-aged men and women, but can occur in anyone at any age. It is often seen in those who participate in sporting activities and those who are on their feet a lot. Overweight people are more prone to heel pain as well. 

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