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The most common complaint is pain and stiffness in the bottom of the heel. The heel pain may be dull or sharp. The bottom of the foot may also ache or burn.
The pain is usually worse:
The pain may develop slowly over time, or suddenly after intense activity.
The doctor will perform a physical exam. This may show:
X-rays may be taken to rule out other problems, but having a heel spur is not significant.
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