Heel Spurs

Heel Spurs

A heel spur is a boney growth on the bottom of the heel bone.  It is a common finding on Xrays of middle aged men and women.   Heel spurs are often confused with a condition called plantar fasciitis.  The confusion occurs because plantar fasciitis has been referred to as Heel spur syndrome in literature and by physicians.

Heel spurs occur in 15% of the population.  In people over 50 the incidence is over 50%.  Even though there is an increased incidence of a heel spur being present with plantar fasciitis the spur is not the cause of the pain and does not have to be removed.

In a normal work up for heel pain if I diagnoses plantar fasciitis and a spur is present  it will not alter my treatment plan.

For more information on heel pain see topic:   Plantar Fasciitis.

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I suffered with chronic heel pain for over a year. I finally went to see Dr. Fritz who examined me and performed X-rays on the same visit. He diagnosed me with plantar fasciitis. After a course of physical therapy, a cortisone shot and a pair of custom orthotics I’m able to walk pain free again.

- Jeff C.

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