Heel Spur & Planter Fasciitis
Heel spur is technically a “medial subcalcaneal exostosis at the inner tubercle of the os calcis” This means a protuberance of the heel bone where it attaches to the plantar fascia (see x-ray illustration).If this finding is present with pain overlying the area of the spur, the patient is said to have “heel spur syndrome”. Since the plantar fascia connects to the heel spur, it is clear why “plantar fasciitis” and “heel spur” are often used interchangeably.
Those who spend a great deal of their time on their feet are likely to develop these conditions. Being overweight can aggravate the condition. Overstress walking, running, or jumping, especially on hard surfaces, and activities such as aerobics, stair climbing, hiking, volleyball, basketball and tennis, often lead to plantar fasciitis. A heel spur is present