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Plantar Fasciitis Vs Heel Spur – What is what?

Plantar Fasciitis vs Heel Spur

Foot pain can disrupt daily life, and two common culprits are plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.

Plantar Fasciitis vs Heel Spur

Though they often occur together, understanding their differences is key to finding relief.

Plantar Fasciitis: Occurs when the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, becomes inflamed or irritated. This condition typically develops gradually over time, often due to repetitive stress or strain on the foot.

  • Cause: Inflammation of the plantar fascia due to strain or overuse.
  • Symptoms: Heel pain, especially in the morning or after rest.
  • Treatment: Rest, stretching, supportive footwear, and sometimes, therapy or medication.

 

Heel Spurs: Heel spurs are bony protrusions that develop on the underside of the heel bone. Contrary to popular belief, heel spurs themselves are not usually the source of pain. But, they often coexist with plantar fasciitis which causes the pain.

  • Cause: Bony protrusions resulting from long-term strain on the plantar fascia.
  • Symptoms: Pain in the heel, exacerbated by weight-bearing activities.
  • Treatment: Similar to plantar fasciitis, focusing on pain relief and addressing contributing factors.

 

Although this two conditions often coincide and require similar treatments, understanding these nuances allows you to manage foot pain effectively.

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