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
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:
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.
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!