Heel spur and plantar fasciitis

Heel pain? Find fast, effective relief.

Does your heel hurt as if walking on a needle when you wake up in the morning? Do you have pain in your heel while standing or a bruised feeling in your heel after walking a certain distance? It could well be plantar fasciitis or heel spur. There are many causes, such as weight gain, poor footwear, increased physical activity, standing jobs or sports injuries.

Heel spur or plantar fasciitis, that’s the question

X-ray of a heel spur.

A heel spur is a calcification of the heel bone. The diagnosis is made following an X-ray taken at our podiatry clinic.

Plantar fasciitis is an inflammation that could be compared to tendonitis, but it occurs below the foot and is diagnosed by ultrasound.

At Médecine podiatrique du Plateau, we have on-site X-ray and ultrasound equipment. Our podiatrists will suggest the appropriate treatment for your situation. These could include cortisone injections, foot orthotics, footwear modifications, exercises, oral or topical medication, tapings.

Here are 3 treatments for heel pain to do at home while waiting for an assessment with one of our podiatrists:

  1. Apply ice for 10 minutes 3 times a day. You can use a frozen water bottle and roll it under your foot.
  2. Wear shoes indoors. Avoid walking barefoot. A good shoe is one that doesn’t bend at the arch, doesn’t wring like a towel and has a heel lift. No flat shoes or flip flops!
  3. Roll a tennis ball under your foot.