Heel spur (also called plantar fasciitis, bone spur or calcaneal spur) is a very nasty foot injury that can be very hard to get rid of. Fortunately there are many treatments, some of which have a high success-rate (like stretching or the Strassburg Sock). Heel-spur.info attempts to discuss every available treatment. Some of these treatments can be applied at home, for others you should seek the assistance of a podiatrist or chiropodist.
We describe a total of 22 different treatments here, divided into 3 sections: Self-aid, Therapist and Alternative. Hopefully one of these will get you back on your feet again!
When you suffer from plantar fasciitis, the heel hurts. Previously, it was thought that heel spur is an inflammation under the heel close to the attachment of the plantar fascia, which runs from the heel to the forefoot. The current opinion is that the pain in the heel is caused by damage to the collagen fibers of the fascia.
Often some calcification occurs (creating a bone spur), which can be seen on X-ray. Because the X-ray is taken from the side this calcification often looks like a real spur, while actually this is much less so than shown on the X-ray, as the plantar fascia is quite broad here.Read more..
Basically heel spur is a stress injury similar to a tennis elbow, caused by too much tension or weight on the tendon, which creates a pulling force where the tendon is attached to the heel. Actual overload like running or jumping can cause this.
Also wearing wrong shoes is a major factor contributing to heel spur and plantar fasciitis. Especially in cheap shoes often not enough care is being put in creating a good footbed, causing an incorrect stance of the feet and body.
There are however quite a few other reasons why you could develop a heel spur injury. To sum up these and some other causes:
Heel spur patients will often suffer from pain under the foot, especially under the foreside of the heel. They often have a sore heel. Symptoms reported include the following:
- Irritation beneath the heel, especially in the morning or after longer periods of inactivity. After some walking around or warming up, the pain usually eases a bit. The problem is that nerves and blood vessels also rest, and a sudden switch to walking causes a painful stress reaction. This stress subdues after some warming-up. This is especially the case for early heel spur sufferers. More severe cases will continue to feel the pain, which can actually even worsen as a result off walking around.
- Painful standing still
- Stifness or tension in the fascia that runs along the bottom of the foot.. People in occupations that require to stand still frequently and for prolonged periods of time will often develop severe heel pain. This is why heelspur is sometimes referred to as "Policeman's heel"...
Given all the possible treatments for heel spur you may find it hard to choose a particular therapy to follow. This website provides some guidance here, by giving an overview of all known treatments and indicating both the pro's and cons. Some of these methods can be applied quite easily and are worth trying out first, before turning to some of the more drastic measures.
Especially in the early stages of heelspur, there are some very simple measures that often help. Of course it is always wise to consult your doctor, but here are some easy treatments:
Check your shoes, and replace them if necessary; bad shoes are frequently to blaim for the injury. In addition to that, there are some fairly good standard inlay soles on the market that encourage and support a good stance.Read more..