Plantar fasciitis and a heel bone spur are two separate entities which have a common relationship. The former is a swollen plantar fascia ligament as the name implies, and the latter is usually a consequence of the first. If you have landed on this page, I assume you are looking for a better understanding and correlation between the two.
The plantar fascia is a ligament attached the bottom of your foot. It runs from the base of the calcaneus (heel bone), runs through the arch, where it provides support, and attaches itself to your toes like a marionette string. The inflammation of this ligament is caused by excessive tension caused by various activities, such as running and exercise, heavy lifting and walking or standing on hard surfaces, and sometimes enhanced when the subject has flat feet to begin with. Stretching this ligament can and does help ease tension and prevent future problems such as a calcaneal heel spur. But, it is not the only reason.
Arch support is highly over looked as we search out a “comfortable” pair of shoes. Usually those with proper support oddly feel “uncomfortable” when first tried on. Modern day footwear and the conditions we traverse have kind of put us at a disadvantage. Everywhere you look the ground is flat. Walkways and roadways are designed with a smooth passage for us to efficiently perform our task. These lax environments lead to a very “flattening” experience for our feet.
The ligament is a lot like a guitar string. When it is finely tuned its sound and performance is melodic and soothing. When it is over or under tightened well, it stinks. It is important to remember how valuable your feet are and give them some assistance. Stretching the ligaments in one’s body each morning can and does help avoid and ease problems.
Avoid these words and you may end up with a malady known as “calcaneal heel spur.”
A bone spur is our body’s reaction to an overburdened plantar fascia. Calcium, (bone) is added to the attachment location directly at the bottom of your heel as a needed reinforcement. It intention is to maintain a hold of the ligament. It is pretty amazing if you think about it. The natural response of the body attempting to heal by creating a support system is pretty cool. Sadly, that bone deposit, known as the spur is anything but. Its location of growth is directly where we place a majority of our weight. This “spur,” protrudes into the soft tissue of your heel. Each step you take is like another dart into a dartboard. After a while of being poked and prodded the tissue will enflame and swell.
Respect your feet and treat them well by wearing proper fitted shoes with a good arch support. Take five minutes to stretch your ligaments each morning and variously throughout your day. It does not take long and has enormous long term benefits to your foot health.