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Heel Spurs Treatment

Many people mistakenly think that plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are the same condition, but this is not true.  Plantar fasciitis is a painful condition that develops from stretching and tearing of a tissue along the bottom of the foot.  Heel spurs, on the other hand, are actually a deposit of calcium in the same area.  A heel spur grows right out of the bone around the ligaments that attach the bones of the foot and heel, and right into the flesh, which explains why this condition can be so painful!

There are several factors that increase the risk for a heel spur developing, and one of those is age.  Statistics have shown that most people who suffer from heel spurs are over 40 years old.  Other contributing factors include poor circulation, several types of arthritis, pre-existing plantar fasciitis and any degenerative disorder.

Like a bad tooth, a heel spur does not appear overnight.  It grows slowly, developing over years, and once it has truly announced itself, the pain can be quite unbearable.  In fact, many people describe the pain they feel from a heel spur in the same way they would describe an abcessed tooth. 

The root cause of heel spur pain is not the spur itself, but the swelling of tendons and tissues which surround the spur.  The swelling and pain are worse after a period of rest, and tends to lessen as a person moves around.  This is very similar to the pain felt with regard to plantar fasciitis, which is one reason why so many people confuse the two conditions.

If you are experiencing symptoms that seem to indicate you might have a heel spur, it is important to take corrective action. Once a heel spur is diagnosed, there are a variety of treatment options that your physician may recommend.  They include:

  • Ice 
    Applying cold to the area will help to reduce swelling and pain.

  • Elevation
    As with any condition or injury that causes your lower extremities to swell, elevation is always a key treatment recommendation.  Elevating the feet causes blood to move away from the area, limiting swelling and decreasing pain.

  • Exercise
    Simple stretches that will keep the tendons and tissues around the spur relaxed and loose can help reduce the impact of a heel spur.

  • Shoe inserts
    Special inserts such as Liquid Orthotics can be purchased that will be placed inside your shoe. These inserts will protect the area around the spur, and move the weight from your heel to other areas of the foot.  This relieves pressure on the tendons and tissues immediately surrounding the heel spur.

  • Night Splints can be worn at night to keep the fascia stretched. This has been a very successful therapeutic remedy.

  • Physical therapy 
    Physical therapists have a variety of tools that can be used to help alleviate pain from a heel spur.  They can treat the area with ultrasound waves that massage the swollen areas, and can also provide their patients with relief through whirlpool bath treatments by massaging the swollen area with the jets of the whirlpool.

  • Surgery
    As with most other conditions, surgery as a treatment method for heel spurs is generally considered to be the last resort choice.  Almost all physicians will attempt other treatment methods first, only moving on to surgery if nothing else improves the condition and the pain felt by the patient.  One good thing about surgery as a treatment is that in almost all cases, it permanently removes the heel spur although it can be an extremely painful recovery and is only recommended as an option of last resort.

    Watch our video on Heel Spurs, Plantar Fasciitis and Liquid Orthotics

Our opinion on shoes and arch supports for plantar fasciitis and/or heel spur treatment:

Expensive shoes are not the answer for treating plantar fasciitis and/or heel spurs. It's all about the insert in your shoe. Many customers we talk to have spent hundreds of dollars on expensive shoes looking for relief when they could have bought a $50 pair of shoes and purchased a quality after market insert which would make it as good, if not better, then a $300 pair of "orthopedic" shoes. 

Arch Supports/Custom Orthotics
Everyone should wear a quality arch support in their shoes starting as early in life as possible. Having proper support under your arch and keeping the proper bio-mechanical balance will prevent plantar fasciitis and heel spurs from occurring later in life. With the many different types of footwear available such as non supportive flip-flops it is not realistic that everyone will take the preventative approach and this is why 15 million people suffer from plantar fasciitis in the United States alone.  Podiatrists seem to always prescribe custom orthotics for patients with plantar fasciitis and it's no wonder they rarely work to cure the problem as they are just an expensive arch support. Again... the reason they rarely help is because they do not attack the source of the problem which is the plantar fascia contracting, not a lack of arch support. Podiatrists profit hundreds of dollars selling custom orthotics that rarely work and they provide no guarantee.... buyer beware!!

We highly recommend our liquid orthotics to treat and relieve pain from Heel Spurs.

Heel Spurs are caused by a spur like calcium build up on the heel and the pain is not from the spur itself which is commonly believed. The pain actually from tissue around the spur that is being impacted by the spur every time you walk. Simply providing arch support does NOT reduce the impact to the heel which only perpetuates the source of the problem. The reason our liquid orthotics work to relieve Heel Spurs is they redistribute body weight off of the heel and the Glycerin provides 15x the impact resistance of standard drug store insoles.

It's as simple as this.... If you can reduce the impact to your heel... you reduce the inflammation caused by the spur pounding the surrounding tissue and reducing the inflammation in turn reduces the pain!

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