Putting the Madness in March: Plantar Fasciitis and Heel Spurs

Plantar fasciitisTexans are all about March Madness this year: we’re proud to live in the host state for the 2014 Final Four. There’s been a lot of excitement leading up to the tournament as we’ve cheered on the Longhorns. From the first losses of the play-in round to the final buzzer, the NCAA tournament is always something to watch. Often described as The Big Dance, there’s definitely drama: technical fouls, upsets, and injuries. Plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are two conditions that can be game ending for any athlete, but it’s important to understand that they are not synonymous.

Though they aren’t the same condition, heel spurs are related to inflammation of the plantar fascia. This band of tissue goes along the bottom of your foot, and it can be irritated by overuse. Too much pressure tears the ligament causing pain. Imagine all of the running, jumping, and maneuvering involved in one game of basketball, and you can understand why athletes often receive this diagnosis. However, you don’t have to be athletic to experience heel pain.

Heel spurs are related to plantar fasciitis, because the strain of the plantar fascia pulling against the heel bone can form deposits of calcium on the bone. These “spurs” can rub against your footwear and cause pain. However, this is not always the case. In fact, they may not be symptomatic at all. If you are experiencing discomfort, there are a variety of treatments available for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs.

How do you know if you need a time-out for heel pain relief? Visit Austin Foot and Ankle Specialists today. Dr. Craig H. Thomajan DPM, FACFAS and Dr. Shine John DPM, FACFAS provide excellence in podiatry to their Austin neighbors. Dial (512) 328-8900, or schedule online. You can also learn more about heel pain by signing up for our free book.

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Dr. Craig H. Thomajan, DPM, FACFAS, FAENS
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