The Link Between Heel Spurs, Plantar Fascia and Foot Pain
Neglect of plantar fasciitis can lead to a heel spur. Heel spurs occur when the attachment point of the plantar fascia on the heel bone is damaged, torn or irritated. If condition persists, the body deposits calcium salts to stabilize the tendons attachment of the plantar fascia onto the heel bone (calcaneus)
Although a majority of individuals suffering from plantar fasciitis often have heel spurs, spurs do not cause plantar fasciitis pain. However, a neglected plantar fascia can result in a heel spur. A combination of heel spur and plantar fasciitis is more painful than plantar fasciitis or heel spur.
One in ten people experiences heel spurs, but only one person in 20 people with heel spurs experiences foot pain. Since the spur does not result in plantar fasciitis, the pain is treatable without getting rid of the spur. In other words, you don’t have to have surgery. Besides, non-invasive treatments from shockwave therapy (ESWT) and ultrasound can break down spurs that are small or even moderate in size.