Many people have the impression that Plantar Fasciitis and a heel spur are one and the same. There are times when diagnoses are similar but not all cases are similar. A heel spur and plantar fasciitis can occur singly or either one can be associated with other conditions that lead to arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis.
Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia (the tissue which forms the foot’s arch) while a heel spur is a protruding bone that forms in the calcaneus.
Heel spurs located at the sole of the foot is directly attributed to inflammation of the plantar fascia and result in tenderness and pain whenever the heel comes in contact with the ground.
Heel spurs can remain asymptomatic and undetected in some cases and discovered accidentally during an x-ray examination.
About seventy percent of plantar fasciitis patients also have heel spurs found during an x-ray examination. Interestingly enough, heel spurs from plantar fasciitis usually occur in adult men and women although some younger patients can develop heel spurs.
Heel spurs frequently develop among patients who have had plantar fasciitis for a long period of time.