Do You Know if you Have Plantar Fasciitis or a heel Spur?

Many people in Australia suffer from Plantar Heel pain, especially when rising from bed in the morning or after standing after a period of rest. There is much confusion surrounding the difference between Plantar Fascia and Heel Spur pain.

To better understand the difference we need to look closely at the anatomy of the plantar Fascia and the heel. The plantar fascia is a thick, fibrous band that runs from the heel (anterior calcaneal tubercle) to the front of the foot and inserts on the ball of the foot (extensor hood). If the plantar is strained unduly stretched (causing Plantar Fasciitis), it begins to try to strengthen itself by forming calcium at its attachment at the heel. This calcium deposit is seen on an x-ray or other imaging as a Heel Spur.

So a heel spur in itself doesn’t always cause pain, its the inflammation of the plantar fascia or the heel spur causing mechanical pressure on surrounding soft tissue that causes the pain. One of the best ways to reduce this pain is to undertake a series of stretches to reduce the mechanical strain of the Heel Spur & Plantar Fasciitis and have Orthotics professionally prescribed.

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