Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spur Syndrome

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation of the fibrous ligament (plantar fascia), which creates intense heel pain. The plantar fascia supports the arch of the foot.

Pain is mostly felt in the morning, when a person takes his or her first steps of the day, and usually subsides after a certain period of time, depending on the person. The discomfort may also occur when the patient stands after lying or sitting down for a long period of time. This pain can also affect athletes during and after a training session.

Certain individuals are more prone to developing plantar fasciitis, such as:

  • People with flat or hollow feet
  • People with pes varus feet
  • People who suffer from hereditary neuromuscular deficiencies
  • Athletes

Heel Spur Syndrome

Heel spurs, also known as calcaneal spurs, are caused by abnormal bone growth around the plantar fasciitis. It is a long-term consequence of recurring tension near the plantar fascia. A spur is formed when tiny fascia ruptures accumulate over time. The ankle’s dorsiflexion becomes limited due to a joint blockage at the ankle, or due to a lack of flexibility around the plantar fascia or calf.

Certain factors can cause heel spurs, such as:

  • Enhanced pronation of the foot (underpronation)
  • Wearing shoes that are too small and not universally aligned
  • Thinning of the heel’s fat pad (with age)
  • Biomechanical imbalance of the foot
  • Untreated plantar fasciitis

At V.R.A.M., our biomechanical evaluation process will help you to tackle your ailments at the root. Make an appointment at Centre Santé du Pied André Audette in the Outaouais region: it’s free!