Heel Spur Video
Heel Spur Causes and Treatments
What Are Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are a common cause of pain in the heel. They are made up of calcium deposits where the plantar fascia ligament meets the heel bone. Not all heel spurs cause pain, but the growth can protrude into surrounding tissues, causing sharp pain when pressure is applied to the foot.
Risk Factors of Heel Spurs
There is no single factor that causes heel spurs. Heel spurs are most common in people who suffer from plantar fasciitis, however this is not always the case.
Risk factors include:
- Being older than 40
- Sudden weight gain (pregnancy or obesity)
- Ill-fittng shoes
- Pronation or misalignment of the foot
Pain from heel spurs is most often felt first thing in the morning, or after prolonged periods of rest. The pain can ease during walking or activities as the capillaries and tissues adjust. Walking on hard surfaces and carrying heavy objects can also increase pain from heel spurs.
How to Treat Heel Spurs
To treat heel spurs, make sure that you are wearing supportive shoes that are not worn out. Invest in Heel Seats to ensure that you are walking with proper foot alignment, and the plantar fascia ligament is in the ideal position. Rest from activities such as running and jumping, and ice your feet twice a day for 10-15 minutes.