Heel Spur Syndrome/Plantar Fasciitis is a common foot condition which is caused by inflammation of a band of connective tissue where it attaches to the underside of the heel bone. Sometimes a bone spur has formed at the attachment as a response to the tissue pulling too hard on the bone.
Common symptoms include pain on the bottom of the heel when bearing weight and is worse after periods of rest. Usually there is no redness, swelling, bruising or history of trauma before symptoms begin. Treatment includes stretching, icing, arch supports, shoe education, physical therapy, and injections. Most patients improve with conservative treatment.
In general, patients who have sought professional medical care sooner after symptoms begin seem to respond to conservative treatment faster than patients who have suffered for a while without seeking treatment.