|The spur itself is the little hook pointing to the right at the bottom of the heel|
Technically, the spur itself is not the root of the problem, but an artifact of plantar fasciitis. The pain is focused on the spur, where the tendon and the bone meet.
I first felt the pain from the spur itself back in September. Specifically, a day or two before the 25th of September. Why can I remember that date so accurately? It's the last time I went for a run, and is logged in my RunKeeper activities. Thinking I just bruised my heel doing something around the house, maybe jumping onto/off of something in a pair of socks or dress shoes (dress shoes, in my world, are defined by any everyday footwear NOT considered a running sneaker), I decided a bit of rest from running would be the best treatment. Given I just stunk up the joint a few weeks before at the Pumpkinman, I didn't feel too bad about this decision. The break from running, not surprisingly, coincided with a break from swimming and cycling as well. It also coincided with a crazy two month period where TL was recovering from getting tagged on her bike to the tune of 9-ish broken bones.
Anyway, fast forward to the end of November and things were actually getting worse, with the annoying pain becoming something that actually really kind of hurt when I would get up in the morning, among other times. This symptom, being more bothersome after rest, was the telltale sign that actually triggered me to go to see a doctor. There wasn't much he could do other than offer more rest, suggest some stretches, and give me a cortisone (I think) shot.
I've a followup appointment scheduled for after the new year, but I'm not sure I'm going to go. The foot is feeling better these days. I try to spend some time in the evening rolling my foot over a tennis ball to stretch out my arch, in addition to a bit more focus on stretching the calves and foot area. I've decided that the new year will be as good a time as any to get back (on/off?) the wagon and start running again. Although technically I've been doing a warm-down of a mile or so on the treadmill after some quality time on the trainer/stationary bike. I don't think the 9-10 minute mile really should count as a running workout, though.