Saturday, 13 April 2013

How to treat heel spurs

Although heel spurs are usually long lasting problem, once they have begun to show symptoms, the heel spur sooner or later will disappear by itself. With the disappearance of a heel spurs treatment typically after 3-6 months, where untreated heel spur often only disappear after one or more years.

Treatment of a heel spurs takes time

Rest: it is important to rest and spare the foot from load baring, but continue to stay physically active. For many, this consists in practice of replacing burdensome activities such as running, handball, football, etc. with swimming, cycling, running in water etc.

Special orthotic insoles for shoes that are made to help heel spurs. Heel spur insoles along with the rest (mentioned above) is sufficient treatment for most patients

In addition, the following is used for the treatment of a heel spurs:

Inflammation-reducing drugs (NSAIDS-Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs)
Injection of corticosteroid (cortisone injection)

Operation will only be considered in severe cases, where all of the above treatment options are tried without satisfactory results.

Prevention of heel spurs

The following advice and precautions can be used to avoid heel spurs


Choose footwear with adequate shock absorption for sport as well as in daily life
Use arch supporting and orthotic footwear – pay particular attention to the fit around the heel

Go EVS. for an orthopedic surgeon or orthopedic Shoemaker for guidance about the above.

Body and exercise

Loss weight if you are overweight
Warm muscles and joints in the legs and feet well up before running
Stretch out for sport (especially the hamstrings and calf muscles)

If you run, it may, in fact, recommended increasing the distance as well as pace gradually; use if necessary. 10% rule – if you are in one week runs 3 x 10 km = 30 miles total, you should in the subsequent week maximum run 30 km + 10% = 33 miles (week no. 3 maximum 36.3 miles, week 4 max. 4 km), etc.

In addition, remember to be careful to increase distance and pace at the same time to decrease risk of plantar fasciits and heel spurs.

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