Do I Have a Heel Spur or Plantar Fasciitis?

Do I have a heel spur or plantar fasciitis? Dr. Angela Walk

Do you have intense heel pain with your first steps in the morning? Do you question if it's a heel spur or plantar fasciitis?

I have treated hundreds of cases of heel pain, arch pain, and plantar fasciitis in my 23 years of private practice. When patients present with foot pain, the first and most important step is to determine what is causing their pain and offer a correct diagnosis.

Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are two different conditions, however, they are commonly confused because they share very similar symptoms.

A heel spur is the presence of a sharp protrusion that forms on the surface of the heel, while plantar fasciitis is the inflammation and degeneration of the plantar fascia.

Let's take a closer look at each condition and their similarities and differences.

Dr. Angela Walk

Wellness Physician/Chiropractor

The Plantar Fasciitis Doc

What Is The Difference In Plantar Fasciitis And Heel Spurs?

The most profound distinction between a heel spur and plantar fasciitis is that heel spurs may not cause pain, while plantar fasciitis usually always does. However, the specific site of pain can be different.

While pain from plantar fasciitis is typically present in the foot arch and on the medial (inside) of your calcaneus bone (heel bone), pain due to heel spurs is more localized to the center of the heel bone.

Also, the pain with plantar fasciitis is typically a sharp, burning sensation and heel spurs cause a stabbing pain and a dull ache throughout the day.

Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms: