Heel spurs and calcaneal spurs are two names for this common heel injury that’s painful and uncomfortable. A heel spur is in fact a calcification of the fascia in the heel, which may be caused by plantar fasciitis. In any event, a heel spur can only be seen on an x-ray and must therefore be the subject of a consultation with a podiatrist.

Treating heel spurs and relieving the pain

Often very painful, a heel spur is an injury that shouldn’t be taken lightly, since there’s a risk that this condition will get worse and that the fascia, which is the membrane that supports the arch of the foot, can no longer play its role and prevent you from walking correctly. In addition, current treatments for this injury are effective and yield very good results, even if a full recovery may take some time. To treat a heel spur, you must first of all determine the cause of its appearance. While waiting, however, you can relieve the pain you’re experiencing through:

  • Applying ice: First and foremost, if the pain occurs after sports or any other activity, it’s necessary to relieve the inflammation. To do this, nothing’s better than the famous bag of frozen peas or a bag of ice placed on the injury surrounded by a clean cloth. Begin by raising your foot above the rest of your body, then wrap the ice in a cloth and delicately position it right on the injury several times a day for at least fifteen minutes each time.
  • Rest: Because heel spurs are generally caused by exercising without a proper warmup, standing for long periods of time, taking long walks on hard surfaces, or wearing high heels too often, we recommend giving your suffering feet some rest. You should also know that this injury is supported by the sheer weight of the body, so you should pay special attention to practicing athletic activities that put even more pressure on the heels.
  • Rehabilitation exercises: Stretches performed alone at home and rehabilitation exercises for the fascia with the aid of a podiatrist help reduce the pain considerably, since the fascia are fibrous membranes that are overly tense in the case of heel spurs. Besides relieving the pain, rehabilitation exercises are naturally very useful for promoting healing as well as preventing the injury from recurring.
  • Medications: Analgesics and anti-inflammatories are medications that can temporarily relieve the pain caused by a heel spur, but they shouldn’t be taken more than three days in a row without consulting a doctor. In case of persistent pain, the podiatrist may also consider prescribing cortisone injections.
  • Foot support elements: While waiting for the structure of the foot to strengthen itself again and the foot to recover, foot support elements can help relieve the pain you experience. A foot orthosis, an adhesive bandage, a brace, or a cast are elements that support, stretch, and rest the plantar fascia to relieve pain.
  • Green clay poultice: Known to relieve inflammatory lesions, a clay poultice can partially decongest, revitalize, and rebuild. To achieve positive results with this natural product, you should choose a high-quality green clay and brush it on a clean support, preferably one made of a natural material. Placing the clay poultice directly on the skin will then relieve the pain.
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