Heel Spurs Treatment
What are Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs occur when the heel bone (the largest bone in your foot) has abnormal growth. Calcium deposits form in the area where the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel. This is common with those who are flat-footed, but those with high arches also experience heel spurs. If you suffer from these symptoms, you will benefit from an effective heel spurs treatment.
While heel spurs are often associated with Plantar Fasciitis, they are not always connected. Though they may cause pain and discomfort, there is a simple solution to the problem. Heel spurs treatment is easy! Take a moment to read about Orthosleeve’s compression sleeves, featuring Compression Zone Technology.
Heel Spurs Treatment
There are many ways to treat a heel spur that doesn't involve painful surgery.
- Go for a Walk: Rest doesn't always help the pain caused by a bone spur. The sudden separation of the plantar fascia can cause more pain. Try walking around a bit!
- Stretching Exercises: Working the surrounding muscles can help you ease your pain.
- Medicine: Many over-the-counter medications could help reduce the pain.
- Compression Sleeves: Wearing a foot compression sleeve can help to rejuvenate the area and bring nutrient-rich blood to the site.
PLEASE NOTE: While some or all of these options may be effective in temporarily easing the pain of plantar fasciitis, they can also be difficult, costly, uncomfortable, and even dangerous!
Keep reading to see why the FS6 Compression Foot Sleeve is a better alternative.
Symptoms of Heel Spurs
There are many heel spurs that do not have symptoms or cause the person any pain. But, it is not uncommon for heel spurs to cause chronic or intermittent pain. This will oftentimes get worse if the person is jogging, walking, or running.
Oftentimes inflammation will occur when the heel spur irritated the surrounding soft tissues. Usually, the pain is not caused by the heel spur itself. Often the irritation stems from the spur rubbing against other tissues.
The pain associated with heel spurs is often referred to as a knife or pin sticking into the bottom of the feet. The pain later turns into a dull ache as the day goes on. The sharp pains tend to recur once the person stands up after sitting for a while.
Heel Spurs Causes and Risk Factors
Are you putting yourself at risk? Here is a list of the things that could cause heel spurs:
- Walking Abnormalities: Putting excessive stress on the heel bone, ligaments, and surrounding nerves can cause the plantar fascia to pull away.
- Running and jogging on hard surfaces can result in overuse of the heel.
- Shoes: High heels change the way your feet sit within the shoes. This causes stress to the plantar fascia. The same goes for ill-fitted shoes.
- Excess Weight: When you have extra weight, it puts excess pressure on your feet and joints.