How to Properly Identify and Treat a Heel Spur What is a heel spur? A heel spur is a bony protrusion underneath your heel bone generally caused due to calcium deposit. It is associated with plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heel bone to the toes. This can cause heel pain. Heel pain can be of a varied range it can be mild, to begin with but may turn out to hamper your day to day activities. Every step you take can turn out to be excruciatingly painful due to a heel spur. This condition can make your life miserable.
Soothe your heel pain: The following simple steps will help you to soothe your pain caused by heel spur: To reduce inflammation and pain use an ice pack. Rest your feet as much as possible when it aches. Avoid strenuous activities completely. Try to avoid walking on potholed or bumpy walking surfaces. Exercise may turn out to be relieving. Flexing and stretching your feet can help in making the pain a little better. Provide some extra support to your feet by using the right pair of shoes, over the counter orthotics, heel pads or cushions, or arch supports that helps release any kind of stress on your heels.
Symptoms of heel spur: The symptoms that cause heel spur are as follows:
Plantar fasciitis: This is one of the main symptoms of a heel spur. Arthritis: The inflammation of one or more joints leading to stiffness and pain is arthritis. Bone spurs are usually caused by local inflammation such as degenerative arthritis. Tendonitis: This condition leads to swelling of the tendon. A tendon is a tissue which connects the bone to the muscle. Ankylosing spondylitis: It is a form of spinal arthritis. It affects the spine and large joints. This condition can affect tissues throughout the body and not just the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis is also known as Bechterew’s disease.
Reactive arthritis: This is an extremely painful form of inflammatory arthritis. It develops in response to an infection caused by certain bacteria. This condition can lead to immense pain and swelling of the joint. Reactive arthritis is also known as Reiter's disease. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH): DISH is characterized by hardening or calcification of ligaments in places where they attach to the spine. This can lead to heel spurs. DISH is also known as Forestier disease.
Treat your heel spur: By the above-mentioned symptoms, it is very much understandable that heel spur can turn out to be really painful and also cause unwanted inflammation. Therefore it is really important to make a detailed planning before starting your treatment at a heel spur treatment center. For example- a simple X-ray can help to understand what is causing your heel spur. While many foot care centers do not look for the underlying cause for your heel spur it is very important to work in collaboration and understand the root cause of your condition. The right kind of treatment is always very important.
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