Heel spur symptoms vs plantar fasciitis symptoms can be difficult to distinguish, but luckily there a few key points that can help determine what you’re experiencing. Both conditions can be frustrating because they can cause a significant amount of foot pain that affects your everyday life. The two conditions are difficult to distinguish because they often don’t produce any obvious objective signs when looking at the foot. Here I’ll show you some of the distinguishing symptoms of each condition, but, know that it’s still best to see a chiropractor, physical therapist, orthopedist, or podiatrist to get a definite diagnosis from an expert.


Heel Spur Vs Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

Heel Spur Symptoms

  • Pain in the bottom of your heel, sometimes around the outside or right in the middle.
  • Swelling or warm feeling in the heel.
  • Specific heel pain you can put your finger on.
  • Sharp heel pain that turns into a dull ache.
  • Pain that doesn’t seem to change very much.
  • Pain that may not improve with rehab exercises.
  • More common in one foot, but sometimes in both feet.


Plantar Fasciitis Symptoms

  • Pain that is located in the front of the heel and into the mid portion of the bottom of the foot.
  • Foot pain that is worst when getting out of bed in the morning and gets better as you get moving.
  • Jumping, running, and impact exercise makes it worse.
  • Foot pain that develops over time and is in one or both feet.
  • Pain that dull, sharp, burning, or aching that emanates from outwards from the heel.
  • Pain in your dominant foot, but could also affect both feet.

If you’re experiencing foot pain, there are a lot of things you can try before steroid shots, medication, and surgery. See this content I wrote recently on the topic –> 3 Ways to Address Foot Pain Without Shots, Medication, or Surgery

Inevitably, you’re more than likely going to have to see a healthcare provider for some solution. Unfortunately, foot pain can be difficult to solve on your own because you simply can’t rest your feet like you can other body parts. Our Cary chiropractic providers are a good first step at addressing foot pain and will take the time to figure out whether it’s a heel spur, plantar fasciitis, or something else that’s affecting you. Once we’ve nailed it down we can get to work on rehabbing your injury and getting you pain-free and back to your normal life.

A home exercise plan to rehab your foot pain won’t hurt, and almost always provides some relief. If you want to get started now, check out this foot and ankle conditioning program I often prescribe to my patients –> Foot and Ankle Conditioning Program

Dr. Jason Williams DC is a chiropractic physician practicing at AccessHealth Chiropractic in Cary, NC. He treats neuromusculoskeletal pain and injuries using chiropractic manipulation, dry needling, acupuncture, rehab exercise strategies, and other supportive therapies. Primary areas of focus include back pain, neck pain, muscular pain, extremity pain, and orthopedic injuries. Dr. Williams is experienced in treating athletes, especially those in the CrossFit, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA community.

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