Sometimes tiny calcium deposits which are protruding in nature develop around the base of the heel bone. Such protruding deposits are termed as heel spurs. Heel spurs can occur due to several reasons like repetitive activities such are running and dancing or being associated with plantar fasciitis (this is an inflammation which grows in the ligament on the bottom of your either feet). Plantar fasciitis creates a tight pull on the heel bone and in order to heal itself, the heel bone releases calcium.1 As this excess calcium keeps on depositing around the heel bone, bone spurs can occur. Symptoms such as constant feeling of pain at the bottom of your foot, especially near the heel, feeling strain and pain after exercising or experiencing difficulty with pain when trying to stand up after a long period or sitting or lying down indicate heel spur. Even though you cannot get cured of the heel spur immediately; with medicine and proper care you can ease your pain and slowly get rid of them.

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How To Get Rid Of A Heel Spur?

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How To Get Rid Of A Heel Spur?

You need to mention your doctor about the pain you are undergoing due to the heel spurs and how you can be relieved from your pain. You may be injected with corticosteroid along with Xylocaine which is a local anaesthetic. If your heel spur is caused due to plantar fascia then Botox may also be injected by the doctor.

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Extracorporeal Shock Wave therapy or ESWT is often tried by the patients in order to get rid of heel spurs. The method of ESWT is to use and send sound waves to the injured tissues (slightly injured) around the heel where the pain is being generated from and therefore healing it.

If your heel spurs cannot be treated in any other way then doctors may prefer surgery. Customized footwear is suggested in order to release pain. If the pain does not die at all, then surgical options like Instep plantar fasciotomy and endoscopy are used. If the doctor is performing an instep plantar fasciotomy, the plantar fascia causing the excessive calcium deposits to be released is removed which in turn releases the pressure on the nerves in your foot. Endoscopy is similar to instep plantar fasciotomy only the incisions ate much smaller in size. Therefore incisions release pain and heal faster. There is a risk lying with the process of endoscopy to treat heel sours hence to avoid higher change of nerve damage consider other options. After the surgery is completed, you need to wear casts or boots. The incisions are then healed and you will be able to walk normally again. Casts up to the knee not only speed up the healing process of the surgery but are easy to use than crutches.

How Can You Avoid Heel Spurs By Choosing The Right Pair Of Shoes?

When you are buying new shoes, you must take the right size and not just guess it. Try getting your new pair of shoes after you have had a day of workout when your feet are at their largest. Also you can build a habit of wearing socks to get rid of heel spur. You must walk about with your shoes before purchasing them. Choose to wear heel cups which will provide support to your heels along with aligning the heel bones and cushioning them. You can also wear insoles, preferably dynamic insoles that you can get from a drug store or an athletic shore. Insoles can make your feet sweat hence you will need to change your socks and shoes after a certain period of time always.

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Pramod Kerkar

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD,FFARCSI

Pain Assist Inc.

Last Modified On: September 4, 2019

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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