Heel spur (also called plantar fasciitis, bone spur or calcaneal spur) is a nasty foot injury that can be hard to get rid of. Luckily there are many treatments. Some of which have a high success-rate (like stretching or the Strassburg Sock). This site attempts to discuss every available treatment. You can apply some of these treatments at home, for others you should seek the help of a podiatrist or chiropodist.
We describe 22 different treatments here, divided into 3 sections: Self-aid, Therapist and Alternative. We hope 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). You can see this spur on X-ray. This 'bone spur' does not necessarily cause heel pain. Almost 30% of all people have these spurs, while only a limited number of people has complaints. It even happens that people have heel pain without the presence of a spur. The actual problem that causes pain is the inflammation.
In short: most people with heel pain suffer from plantar fasciitis, which is often (but not always) accompanied by a calcaneal spur. Complaints and treatment are the same in both cases.
This X-ray image shows a clearly visible spur. The image is quite an extreme example. Most patients have a much less prominent spur. In some patients, no spur is even found, while people without heel pain often do have a spur.