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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Diagnosing Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common cause of heel pain. You may also have heard it called heel spur syndrome.  

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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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