Plantar fasciitis is sometimes called, “heel spur syndrome,” as heel spurs often accompany it. But the two are not to be confused; heel spurs and plantar fasciitis often come hand-in-hand, but they are not the same injury. While plantar fasciits is inflammation of the plantar fascia tissue, a heel spur is a hook of bone that can form on the heel bone, which will show up on an X-ray. Those with a history of heel pain are often at a higher risk for heel spurs. Since the heel spur hooks that form on the bone are often at the base of the plantar fascia, it is clear why the two conditions are often related.