Yes. Plantar fasciitis can respond to taping of the arch and foot despite the presence of a bone spur. Many times the pain and discomfort of plantar fasciitis comes not from the bone spur itself, but from the straining of the plantar fascia (the band of ligaments that go from the heel to the forefoot.) taping is certainly worth a try but be sure to consult with your physician to confirm the diagnosis.
Better to use insole. Most shoes aren't always what is bad, usually it's the crummy insoles they come with! there are many possibe reasons (plantar fascitis leaps to mind) that you may have pain in the heels, but try arch supports like spenco polysorb (http://www.Spenco.Com/products/footcare/poly-sorb) and otc anti-inflammatories (like aleve). If these don't help, see a podiatrist.
Yes. Taping is a good conservative way of treating plantar fasciitis with or without bone spurs present. .
Yes. Taping is effective for taking stress off the plantar fascia and allowing it to heal. But it should be done in conjunction with a stretching and strengthening regimen.
It is common. With the other symptom you are presenting with you should be evaluated for some systemic condition which may be causing the symptoms however. Read more...