Your doctor has diagnosed you as having a condition commonly known as heel spur syndrome. This is a condition that commonly affects a significant percentage of our population. The majority of our patients respond well to conservative, nonsurgical therapy. The success of conservative therapy usually depends on the duration of symptoms prior to presenting to the doctor’s office. For example, someone who has had symptoms for a relatively short period of time will usually respond better than someone who has had a chronic long-standing condition.
The most common cause of heel pain is known as heel spur syndrome, which typically presents as pain upon rising after periods of rest. Most patients describe sharp pain early in the morning once they arise from sleeping or after periods of sitting, such as lunch and dinner. The cause of this pain is secondary to a periostitis or inflammation of the membrane that surrounds the heel bone. This membrane attaches to a thick ligament on the bottom of the foot known as the plantar fascia. This plantar fascia acts as a bow string to help support the arch.