Heel Spur Syndrome
What is Heel Spur Syndrome? This normally occurs when the plantar fascia and the calcaneus are under tensile stress, leading to a reactive bone formation. This bony protrusion on the bottom of the heel is medically diagnosed as a “calcaneal spur”, and more commonly known as a “heel spur”. Heel spurs form where the plantar fascia connects to the heel bone. They grow towards the plantar fascia, often forming a hook-like shape.
This condition is often confused with Plantar Fasciitis, another kind of heel pain. This is because the cause of pain, in both heel spur syndrome and plantar fasciitis, is the injured plantar fascia. Heel spurs are not uncommon but only 5% of people with heel spurs report experiencing pain in the heel.
Heel spur sufferers usually experience a sharp and stabbing pain, as if a knife is stuck into the bottom of their heel. The pain comes as a dull ache when they first put pressure on the foot after getting out of bed and will seemingly subside after walking. The pain usually returns when the sufferer remains stationary for prolonged periods of time, especially if they are standing.