For many years Heel spurs have been misdiagnosed as the cause of the severe pain in the heel. Upon x-ray, practitioners observed a spur-like growth of bone at the point where the plantar fascial ligament, or Achilles Tendon inserts at the heel – this can be clearly seen in the x-ray below. It was therefore wrongfully concluded that such an obvious growth must be the cause of the pain.
Heel spurs can occur under the heel in association with plantar fasciitis and at the back of the heel in patients with Achilles Tendon problems / tight calf muscles. Unfortunately, this misdiagnosis resulted in many years of ineffective treatment (and this still occurs today) with patients unable to find a cure that offered any long-term relief. Spurs are nature’s way of making a connection to tight tissue that pulls on an attachment. They are created by pulling, but are not a part of the pain.
The actual pain is the pulling and tearing of the micro fibres of the soft tissue at its insertion point at the heel. The ensuing growth of bone or “heel spur” is merely a by-product.
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From this assessment the source and the treatment options can be determined.