Sole Survivors: Conquering Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spurs

Published On: July 17, 2023

In this blog post, we will delve into plantar fasciitis and heel spurs—an uncomfortable condition affecting many individuals. Whether you’re an athlete, an active person, or someone who spends long hours on your feet, understanding the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for plantar fasciitis and heel spurs is crucial. Our team of dedicated chiropodists has prepared this comprehensive guide to help you gain insights into this condition and learn about effective ways to manage and alleviate your foot pain.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar fasciitis is a common foot condition characterized by inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia, a thick band of tissue that runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes. This condition often causes stabbing pain near the heel, especially upon taking the first steps in the morning or after periods of rest.

What are Heel Spurs?

Heel spurs are bony growths that develop on the bottom of the heel bone, often at the point where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. They can range in size and shape and are typically associated with plantar fasciitis. Although heel spurs may not cause pain, they can contribute to developing other foot conditions, leading to discomfort and mobility issues.


Flat feet, high arches, or an abnormal walking or running gait can put additional stress on the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation. These conditions alter the weight distribution and strain the plantar fascia and heel bone.

Plantar fasciitis is more common in individuals between the ages of 40 and 60. Excess weight can also increase the strain on the plantar fascia.

Engaging in activities that involve repetitive impact on the feet, such as running, jumping, dancing, or standing for prolonged periods, can increase the risk of developing heel spurs and put excessive strain on the plantar fascia.

Wearing unsupportive footwear that lacks proper cushioning and arch support can exacerbate foot conditions and contribute to the formation of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis.


  • Sharp, stabbing pain in the heel or bottom of the foot
  • Pain and stiffness after periods of rest, particularly in the morning
  • Discomfort or worsening pain after prolonged standing or physical activity
  • Tenderness and inflammation in the affected area

Treatment & Management

Giving your feet sufficient rest is essential for the healing process. Applying ice packs or cold compresses can help reduce inflammation and alleviate pain.

Our chiropodists can recommend specific exercises to stretch and strengthen the plantar fascia and surrounding muscles, promoting healing and preventing future flare-ups.

Custom-made prescription orthotics can provide proper arch support, distribute weight evenly, and reduce stress on the plantar fascia. Wearing supportive footwear with cushioned soles is also crucial.

Over-the-counter nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may help reduce pain and inflammation. However, it’s important to consult with a healthcare professional before taking any medication.

Our chiropodists may recommend physical therapy treatments, such as extracorporeal shockwave therapy, to aid in the healing process and reduce pain.

In severe cases, corticosteroid injections may be considered to provide temporary relief from pain and inflammation. This is typically a last resort when conservative treatments have not been effective.

Plantar Fasciitis & Heel Spurs can significantly impact your quality of life, but with proper treatment and management, you can find relief and regain your mobility. At Werkman, Boven & Associates foot clinic, our experienced chiropodists are dedicated to providing effective solutions for these and other foot conditions. Take the first step towards healthier, pain-free feet by scheduling an appointment with us today.

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