What is the treatment for Heel Spurs?
Runners and athletes are more likely to suffer from sometimes painful heel spurs. Apparently, when a person runs it is estimated that they place seven times their body weight on their lower joints so when working towards a treatment for heel spurs this should be taken into account. If a sufferer is embarking on a particular exercise regime it might be worth taking part in forms of exercise that put less stress on the heels and ankles such as swimming and cycling.
A spur is often caused by too much tension being placed on the heel bone. The body responds to this by forming a new bone in an attempt to reinforce end strengthen the area that is affected. The treatment for these heel spurs can be quite simple and if adhered to can produce satisfactory results. If confirmation is required that a spur is the cause of the problem then this can be determined by a simple x-ray and if it is confirmed, then self treatment can be an effective and inexpensive way of addressing the problem. Running should be put on hold for a while and exercises that concentrate on the affected area could, in time, strengthen the muscles in and around the heel area.
Wearing shoes that give adequate support is essential. Flip flops and backless slippers are a definite no-no. Exercises such as calf raises and toe curls should be carried out on a regular basis which will strengthen the foot muscles that are very often taken for granted.
Encasing the heel in ice can also be of benefit and this could be another use for the packet of frozen peas as they will follow the contours of the foot much easier that packs of ice.
If over a period of time self treatment is not resolving the problem then it is advisable to seek professional advice for the treatment of heel spurs. A visit to a sports podiatrist could be an advantage and their specialist advice could be invaluable. Another course of action could be to take advantage of the great number of orthotic devices that are on offer and can be obtained over the counter.
Regardless of the course of action a person decides to take, it is much better to act now rather than keep delaying from taking action. This very often results in costly treatments and a lot more pain which is completely unnecessary. Recognizing the complaint and responding to it is essential and by choosing the correct treatment for heel spurs can normally ensure that a regular training regime can be returned to in a reasonably short space of time.