Explaining the major causes of heel spurs
Many people often confuse the condition of plantar fasciitis with heel spur. These are interlinked with each other but certainly not similar. Both are the main causes of heel pain and the inflammation of plantar fascia. To know the main causes of heel spurs, it is important to learn what actually a heel spur is. Heel spur is a bony hook that grows unusually under the foot sole or at the rear of the heel bone. Normally, heel spurs are formed right at the place where the ligament plantar fascia is attached to the base of the heel bone. The abnormal growth of the heel spurs is attributed to its calcium composition which starts forming with the pulling away of the plantar fascia from the heels.
People engaged in heavy and strenuous physical activities tend to develop heel spurs because they put maximum pressure on their plantar fascia. Those who have high foot arches also tend to develop heel spurs. Due to severe wear and tear of the plantar fascia caused by the heel spur, patients suffering from this condition experience a stabbing pain in their heel area which remains at its peak either in the first morning hours or after prolonged resting period