Heel Spur Treatments
Heel spurs occur when a build-up of calcium forms on the heel bone. In turn, this prods into the generally fatty, soft tissue of the heel pad and causes pain. The bad news: it hurts and bothers you and limits activity. The good news? 90% or more of heel spur sufferers can recover without surgery. But how?
Heel Spur Treatment: The pros and cons of different options
We’ll break this down into a couple of different options, with a pro/con/cost for each.
Pro: Quick relief, essential part of any recovery process
Con: Busy or active people find this challenging
Pro: Reduces inflammation and provides temporary, safe relief
Con: Takes time, some don’t like the sensation, and if done too long it can be unproductive
Cost: Generally free, or maybe a few dollars for an ice pack
Heel Spur Exercises
Pro: Simple, fast, and aimed at relieving pain
Con: Time commitment isn’t major, but still exists
Cost: Often free, but some stretches involve tennis balls or other inexpensive equipment
Pro: Quick, easy solution that many are comfortable with (i.e. Advil)
Con: All medications carry side effect risks and you must consult with a doctor
Cost: Varies by your medical plan and the specific medicine/shot you’re interested in
Pro: High success rate for long-term recovery and not invasive at all
Con: Can be cost-prohibitive
Cost: $25-$300+, but consider HTP Heel Seats as an affordable option
Pro: Good option for providing rest to stressed ligaments and muscles
Con: If you do this through physical therapy or doctor visits, can be cost-prohibitive
Cost: Free to do yourself, but can vary by medical plan if you do it that way
Pro: Easy way to reduce issues and you eventually needed new shoes anyway, right?
Con: Time searching, cost
Cost: Varies by brand, typically $70+
Pro: Usually if this has been recommended, the idea is full-on, long-term fix
Con: Invasive, time-consuming, costly
Cost: Varies by medical plan
One of the best things to do when initially considering heel spur treatment options is simply to contact us. The number is 877-215-3200. We’ll start you on a path to heel pain success.