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Heel Spurs Treatment

Just the unpleasant-sounding name can make your foot hurt. A heel spur sounds like something that would be painful, and it is. For millions of people around the world, a bit of abnormal bone growth called a heel spur causes excruciating and continuous pain that interferes with their daily lives.

Fortunately, heal spurs treatment is available.

If you have sharp pain in your heel, heel spurs are likely to be the cause. Because every step you take and every moment you stand causes a pointy piece of bone to press deeply into the nerves, muscles, tendons and flesh of your foot, the pain is often intense and worsens throughout the day. You can have severe pain, noticeable inflammation and even visible bruising. And because the damaged area can swell when you aren’t using your feet, even rest doesn’t eliminate the pain.

When combined with plantar faciitis -- another kind of inflammation and tightening in the heel -- the symptoms can be even worse. In fact, a heel spur often grows into the plantar facia, causing further pain and damage. In some cases, walking may become very difficult or even impossible.

An x-ray is necessary to determine for sure if your foot pain is caused by a heel spur, plantar faciitis or both, but this may not be necessary for you since the treatments are similar.

The most commonly recommended heel spurs treatment is the HTP heel seat, a product with a patented acupressure ridge located just in front of the area where your pain originates. The gentle massaging that the heel seat produces with each step loosens tightness and eases away inflammation. While you may have some initial soreness when using a product like this, that’s actually a sign that the massaging action is working to reduce your pain, inflammation and tightness.

Doctors often turn to medications and even surgery to treat bone spurs in the heel, but you may not need to take pills every day or subject yourself to the additional pain and lengthy rehabilitation that results from surgery. When combined with the use of night splints to keep your foot from swelling and tightening as you rest, HTP heel seats and similar heel cushions can dramatically reduce pain. Stretching exercises can be effective too.

The most important thing to remember is that heel spurs treatment is available. You don’t have to experience morning pain, pain with every step and pain even when resting. There are a variety of simple, inexpensive actions you can take to feel better.