Heel Spurs - Foot Problems and Treatments

Heel Spurs, Heel Pain, and Plantar Fasciitis: Clearing up the Confusion

Stephen D. Lasday, DPM Foot Pain, Podiatrist Sarasota and Bradenton

Heel Spurs - Foot Problems and Treatments


When people are experiencing heel pain, they sometimes jump to the conclusion that a heel spur is causing the pain. Heel spurs don’t always cause pain. The pain often stems from another cause like plantar fasciitis (an inflammation of the large band of fibrous tissue running along the underside of your foot). I have also found that some people think heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are the same thing and they are not.

So what exactly is a heel spur? A heel spur is a bony growth from the calcaneus, the underside of the front part of the heel bone. The growth looks like a hook. Again, there may or may not be pain associated with a heel spur. People who are not experiencing heel pain often discover by accident they have a heel spur.  For example, an individual may have broken their foot, get an x-ray, and there on the x-ray is a heel spur!

So remember this: Not all patients who have plantar fasciitis have heels spurs, and not all patients who have heel spurs have plantar fasciitis. Make sense? There will be a test later!

However, if a patient is experiencing pain associated with a heel spur, the treatment is the same as plantar fasciitis. Rest, cryotherapy, nighttime stretching splints, insoles, and anti-inflammatory medication can be used to treat heel pain.

If you or a loved one are experiencing heel pain or are looking for a podiatrist in the Bradenton-Sarasota area,please schedule an appointment with Dr. Lasday for a thorough and professional evaluation, either in his Bradenton Podiatry office or Sarasota Podiatry office.