Tuesday, September 20, 2016

What Are Heel Spurs and How To Deal With Them...

Heel spurs are sharp bony nodules that form due to chronic pressure around the heel. 

It can also develop from an underlying medical condition. These deformations of the foot are usually painless. However, if you experience any kind of discomfort then you may be required to attend to the cause of the heel spur before determining the treatment method.


Causes:

Heel spurs are often linked with plantar fasciitis, which is an engorgement of the ligament that runs down the base of your foot and connects the heel bone to the toe. Chronic irritation and inflammation to this connective tissue can lead to the development of a heel spur.

Heel spurs are common among athletes who partake in repetitive sports which entail running and jumping. Spur can also form due to aging, obesity, side effects of osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis. People who suffer from chronic backache, have weak calf muscles or have poor blood circulation also face the threat of developing heel spur.


Symptoms:

Since heel spur grow in the tendons region, it can be a continuous cause of pain in the foot. You may also experience stiffness or soreness upon waking up in the morning. Additionally, when you apply weight on your feet to walk or run, the sting can be excruciating and unbearable. This twinge usually subsides during other activities when the muscle tissues and tendons are relaxed and loose, but it keeps coming back on a regular basis.

The pain in the heel is in fact caused by swollen tendons and not the spur. The heel spur worsens and rubs against the tendons area in the heel, thus making them inflamed and irritated. Tender and warm heel is another significant sign of inflammation.


Diagnosis:

In all probability you will be able to find out if you have a heel spur after an X-ray is recommended by your doctor. An X-ray will expose the spurs or calcium deposits that form in response to the strain on the plantar fascia.




Treatment:

Rest: resting the heel is an essential aspect of heel spur treatment. A break from long walks, running or other physical activities that batter the heel against a solid surface can aid the pain to disperse.

Cold compress: applying ice packs assists in easing the pain that arises due to swollen tissues in the heel. It alleviates few symptoms and offers respite from severe pain.

Massage: massaging the foot along with the lower leg can assist in loosening the tightness, break-up scar tissues as well as adhesions and reduce the strain on the heel spur.

Exercises: there are certain exercises and stretches that grant relief from pain. Stretches such as cross leg and stair and hand towel pull are effective heel pain exercises.

Surgery: in certain rare cases, surgery is required to treat heel spur. In this mode of treatment, the spur causing pressure on the heel bone is surgically removed.

Medicines: apart from the various treatment approaches, certain anti inflammatory medications also aid in reducing the pain caused due to heel spur.

Overall, to effectively treat heel pain, it is imperative to recognize the cause and forestall the factors that can develop and intensify heel spurs.

To Your Health!

Jeff Beeman
Marketing Affiliate / Blogger





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