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Calcaneal spur

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Chronic plantar fasciitis gradually pulls the calcaneal periostium away from the bone. This stimulates new bone formation and an osteophyte is formed.

The presence of a spur does not add much to the differential diagnosis of heel pain because:

  • spurs may form in the absence of pain
  • plantar fasciitis may be painful and not stimulate spur formation

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