Are Heel Spurs the Cause of Your Plantar Fasciitis

October 19, 2010 by  
Filed under plantar-fasciitis

Of all the repetitive stress injuries, plantar fasciitis is the one that gets misdiagnosed the most.  For many people who suffer from this terrible injury, they are often told by doctors that they have heel spurs and it’s the heel spurs that is causing their plantar fasciitis.  But in fact they are suffering from plantar fasciitis and not just heel spurs.  Due to this common error in diagnosis, it quite often leads to many ineffective treatments and the patient keeps on suffering with pain day in and day out.

Before we go any further, we should first distinguish between heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.

There are 5 ways you can tell that you have heel spurs:

  1. They are only formed after you have suffered a bout of plantar fasciitis.
  2. They are a side effect of having inflammation in several deep tissue layers of the foot which have basically become fused together.
  3. Can be seen on an x-ray, even if your plantar fasciitis has been cured.
  4. Are really not painful and are a side effect of the actual plantar fasciitis injury.
  5. Are spine like projections of new bone and again do not cause the pain that is associated with plantar fasciitis.

So what’s the deal with plantar fasciitis? What is it and  what causes plantar fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a repetitive stress injury where the foot fascia and surrounding tissues becomes inflamed and swollen from overuse and strain.  As a result of this stress and pressure, small micro tears occur in the fascia.  When these micro tears don’t have enough time to heal properly, this is when the swelling, pain and inflammation kicks in.

Plantar fasciitis is not an injury that develops overnight.  It is usually a condition that develops over a long period of time.  There can be many factors that can contribute to you developing plantar fasciitis.  They can include:

  • Receiving acute and blunt trauma to your feet
  • Already existing muscle imbalances anywhere in your calves, hamstrings or buttocks.
  • Standing in one place on hard surfaces for extended periods of time.
  • Shoes that do not provide enough support for the ground you are running, standing or walking on.
  • An increase in physical activity or starting a new sport or activity.
  • A change in normal foot motion or biomechanics such as running or walking on uneven ground or surfaces for extended periods of time.

When the inflammation process occurs in your foot, your body’s natural defense is to build adhesive tissues to protect it.  This is when scar tissue develops.  This scar tissue prevents your foot fascia from moving as freely as it needs to and creates a pulling motion on your foot fascia.  As a result of this pulling on your foot fascia, you feel extreme pain and pressure in your foot, not to mention the foot cramps that can sometimes bring you to your knees!

Now for the good news!  You don’t have to live a partially crippled life where you can’t enjoy the basic pleasures in life and limit your activities because of your planar fasciitis pain.  You don’t have to shell out hundreds of dollars of your hard earned cash on doctors, physical therapy or podiatrist appointments.  And you definitely don’t have to blow hundreds of dollars on custom orthotic shoes.

All it really takes are 5 simple step-by-step techniques from the comfort and convenience of your own home to completely cure your plantar fasciitis and heel spurs for good.  But what’s even better is that you don’t need any special exercise equipment or gadgets.  You’ll get permanent foot pain relief in as little as 72 hours…