Strictly, Policeman's Heel is an old term which refers to a protective sack of fluid; know as a bursa, which can form under the plantar tubercle of the calcaneus (heel bone). It is far less common that plantar fasciitis and usually occurs in people with poor plantar fat pad on the heel.
However, in the days when X-rays were used as the main diagnosis for heel pain, if no spur was found the suggested diagnosis was policeman’s heel as the soft tissues couldn’t be seen. As a result sometimes Policeman’s heel is used as a synonym of plantar fasciitis.
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