Some experts believe heel spurs may occur with plantar
fasciitis but are unrelated to it. Others believe heel spurs cause heel pain. And some believe heel spurs are a natural result of aging.
In general, heel
spurs are believed to be the result of the process of plantar fasciitis
development, not the cause of it. They may occur due to inflammation and to the
pulling of the plantar fascia on the heel bone.
Doctors agree that the appearance of heel spurs on an X-ray does not
by itself mean that a person needs surgery. Some people have heel spurs and no
pain. Other people have heel pain and no spurs.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Barry L. Scurran, DPM - Podiatry and Podiatric Surgery
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