How Bone Spurs Are Related to Plantar Fasciitis

Heel spurs frequently rub up on the plantar fascia, causing pain that is similar to plantar fasciitis. When a podiatrist diagnoses plantar fasciitis, it's fairly common for them to find a bone spur. In about half of plantar fasciitis patients, a heel spur may develop. The tension and inflammation caused by the bone spur can also increase the pain of plantar fasciitis.

While a patient may have both conditions, it doesn't mean that one caused the other. Heel spurs can be present without causing any symptoms, while plantar fasciitis may occur in those who don't have a bone spur.

Diagnosing and Treating Bone Spurs

People are often unaware that they have a bone spur since it is painless. When the patient feels pain, it's because the spur has come into contact with other tissues, especially nerves.

A bone spur on the foot or heel can cause the following symptoms in addition to pain:

Numbness or weakness

If the spur presses on a nerve, it can cause numbness or weakness in the affected area.

Reduced range of motion

As the spur grows, it can block certain movements or make them painful.


If the spur has grown long enough, it can cause the foot or heel to swell.


The spur may cause inflammation in surrounding tissue due to the pressure it exerts.


The area around the spur may become red and inflamed.

A podiatrist can diagnose a bone spur by taking X-rays of the affected area.

Bone Spur Treatment Options


Reduced activity can help reduce tension in the area and allow the body to heal itself.


Ice packs applied to the affected area may reduce inflammation and relieve pain.

Supportive shoes

Wearing supportive shoes with cushioned soles can reduce the pressure placed on the heel.

Anti-inflammatory medications

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as ibuprofen can reduce pain and inflammation.

Steroid injections

Steroids can be injected into the spur to reduce swelling and pain.

Physical therapy

Special exercises can help relieve pain and inflammation.


Surgery is an option in cases where the pain is intense or long-lasting. The surgeon will remove the offending bony growths, which will reduce the pressure on the nerves and alleviate the pain.

It's important to remember that bone spurs can be prevented. Maintaining a healthy weight, avoiding compressive shoes, and exercising regularly can help prevent them from developing. Regular visits with your podiatrist can also help prevent bone spurs by keeping your feet in top condition.

Are You Suffering From Bone Spurs In The Caldwell Or Meridian, Idaho Area?

If you're suffering from bone spurs you owe it to yourself to speak with our experienced podiatrists as soon as possible. Please feel free to contact us online or call our office directly at 208.855.5955 to schedule your appointment. We service all areas surrounding Meridian, Idaho as well as all areas in the Caldwell, Idaho area. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. P. Roman Burk
Providing experienced private practice podiatry services in the Caldwell and Meridian, ID area since 2007.