Does plantar fasciitis cause heel spurs?

Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are often linked together, with plantar fasciitis often a major contributing cause of the heel spur.

This soft tissue injury involves inflammation from pulls, tears, and strains to the band of soft tissue in front of the heel on the underside of the foot. The condition not only causes pain but also reduces cushioning and shock absorption for the heel bone. As a result, calcium deposits may begin to form at the front of the bone.

Although these resulting heel spurs can grow to be up to half an inch in length, they are typically painless. In fact, you may not discover them at all unless we need to perform an X-ray for a related issue. It’s really the plantar fasciitis that causes most of the pain, and conservative treatments are usually sufficient to resolve it.

If heel pain is bothering you, give the experts at the Kansas Foot Center a call at 866.222.5177. You can also request an appointment by filling out an online contact form and our friendly staff will connect with you.