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Heel Spur Syndrome

Heel SpurWhat is Plantar Fasciitis / heel spur syndrome?

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the long band of connective tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot. Heel spur syndrome is a bony overgrowth on the heel bone. Plantar fasciitis and heel spur syndrome affect women more than men. They can cause the bottom of the heel and arch to become painful.


  • Plantar faciitis and heel spur syndrome are the most common causes of plantar heel pain.
  • 73% of patients with heel pain are diagnosed with either plantar faciitis or heel spur syndrome.
  • 15% of patients who see a podiatrist complain of heel pain.
  • 90% of those who suffer from plantar faciitis or heel spur syndrome respond to nonsurgical care.
  • 83.5% of patients with plantar faciitis or heel spur syndrome experience pain with first steps in the morning.
  • Plantar faciitis can occur with or without a heel spur present.

Causes of Plantar fascitis:

  • Stretching the long band of tissue that connects the heel and the ball of the foot.
  • Muscle imbalance.
  • Bone deformity.
  • Obesity.
  • Trauma.
  • Tightness of the muscles on the back of the leg.

What can you do?

  • Warm up and stretch properly before exercise.
  • Wear appropriate shoe gear.
  • RICE — rest, ice, compression, and elevation.

What will a Dr. Allen do for you?

  • Perform a physical examination.
  • Perform x-ray evaluation.
  • Recommend taping.
  • Prescribe orthotic devices.
  • Prescribe appropriate medications.
  • Administer injections.
  • Perform surgery if necessary.