Heel Spurs - Pain in Heels - Treatment

It is true heel spurs are painful. Heel spurs develop when calcium deposits form when the plantar fascia pulls away from the heel area. The plantar fascia is a heavy tissue area in the foot, and that is where the heel spurs form. Heel spurs cause pain when standing and walking.

Heel spurs mainly affect those with flat feet, but it can also impact people with high arches. Women tend to experience heel sprs more than me due to the types of shoes they wear. Sometimes the heel spurs can be diminished by wearing simple store bought orthotics, but that doesn't work all of the time.

Doctors have been known to recommend heel stretching exercises to reduce the heel pain. In addition to the stretching, sometimes losing weight can help with foot problems. Weight loss can solve all sorts of problems, from heart disease to high blood pressure to diabetes. Just chalk up heel spurs as another thing weight loss can solve.

Stretching is another common heel pain treatment. One "stretch" exercise that gets results is to lean against a wall with one knee straight and one bent. Keep your heels on the ground and lean forward. Hold for 10 seconds at a time. This will stretch both your heel cord and arch. If you experience any additional pain please stop.

Other treatments that can help include, but aren't limited to: wearing shoes with extra cushiony heels. If that doesn't do the trick try what is called a "heel cradle" or cup. This is more than a store bought orthodic as it reduces any shock to the heel area.

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