Heel spurs are a painful condition that occurs when a calcium deposit builds up on the heel bone. Heel spurs don’t always cause pain. Sometimes they are simply present without interfering with normal activities at all.
Conversely, they can be extremely painful and can cause significant inflammation and swelling of the heels.
This can happen as a response to plantar fasciitis or independently of this condition. Other causes include frequent, intense, high impact exercise such as jumping and running.
It is sometimes caused by wearing high heels, but it can also be caused by going barefoot frequently on hard surfaces, spending a lot of time on your feet, wearing shoes that do not fit correctly or are excessively worn.
Additionally, conditions such as, diabetes, obesity, old age can contribute to the development of heel spurs. It is also possible to simply develop heel spur without any risk factor present.
It’s easy to see that just about anyone can suffer from heel spur pain, but what can you do about it? In this article, we will explore some effective home remedies for dealing with heel spur pain. Read on to learn more.
Good Habits Help
It is always a good idea to take care of your feet. They are the foundation of your body, and when they are comfortable and well-cared-for, your overall health and well-being benefit.
Always wear properly fitted shoes that are in good condition. Use insoles and orthotics to provide proper support and cushioning.
Massage and stretch your feet to keep them supple and flexible. Very often, heel spurs cause pain in the morning upon awakening. This is because the muscles of the feet have been it rest for an extended period of time.
Sometimes performing some simple stretching exercises and rubbing your feet before getting out of bed can help to ease the pain.
Whenever your heel is very painful, you can get immediate relief by applying ice. You can simply apply an ice pack or freeze a 16 ounce bottle of water and use it as a foot roller.
To do this, just put a towel down on the floor and roll the frozen bottle under your foot for 10 or 15 minutes. This helps exercise your foot and relieves the pain of heel spurs.
Be sure to wear a sock whenever you apply ice to your feet. When you apply ice directly to your skin it can cause frostbite.
Soaking Helps In Many Ways
Get in the habit of treating yourself to a comforting foot bath at the end of the day. You can do this with a plain tub of warm water or indulge in a motorized foot spa that provides bubbles, massage action, aromatherapy and more. Here are a couple of ideas for good foot soak additives:
Epsom salt makes an excellent foot soap that can help relieve the pain and inflammation of heel spurs. To use it, simply add two or three heaping tablespoons to a tub of warm water and soak your feet for 10 or 15 minutes before bedtime.
After soaking, massage in some warm coconut oil, put on a pair of cotton socks and go to bed. Coconut oil contains calcium and can soak in through your skin to help improve overall bone health.
Try soaking your feet in warm water with half a cup of apple cider vinegar (ACV) added. Soak for five or 10 minutes at a time twice daily for at least a week (or possibly two).
It’s all right to use this method every day on an ongoing basis to enjoy it. ACV will have the effect of drawing the calcium out of the heel spur. ACV can also help combat athlete’s foot you have a problem with that.
Apple Cider Vinegar Can Be Helpful In Many Ways
Because heel spurs are deposits of excess calcium, it’s a good idea to take steps reduce the calcium in the heels. There are several ways to use ACV to reduce calcium deposits.
One very intensive treatment involves keeping the soles of your feet in contact with ACV all day, every day for a week. To accomplish this, you will need 7 sets of inexpensive foam insoles and a pair of rubber clogs (e.g. Crocs).
Each day you will soak a set of insoles with apple cider vinegar and place them inside your shoes. Wear your shoes like this all day, taking care keep your vinegar insole moist. Following this practice every day for a week is said to draw the excess calcium from the soles of your feet.
If you’re not interested in taking such a dramatic (and admittedly odd) step to address your heel spur pain, you can enjoy ACV as an excellent overall tonic that will help keep calcium deposits from forming.
You can make an apple cider vinegar drink by adding a tablespoon of ACV and a tablespoon of honey to a mug of war, water. Drink this once a day for a week or two. If you like this drink, you can continue enjoying it every day to alkalize your body and benefit your overall health.
Be sure to rinse your mouth after so that the vinegar doesn’t have a chance to damage your tooth enamel.
Create A Healing Poultice
Interestingly, baking soda is also a good heel spur treatment interestingly, but don’t use it in combination with apple cider vinegar or you‘ll end up with a foamy mess! You can make a baking soda poultice that is said to draw the calcium from the deposits on your heel.
To do this, simply mix baking soda with a little water to form a paste and apply this directly over the heel spur. Cover it with a gauze pad and secure it with athletic tape. Change this poultice daily over a period of 3 to 5 days.
Another type of poultice that is very helpful in treating heel spur pain can be made using flaxseed oil. You can create a flaxseed oil poultice by warming a few tablespoons of the oil and then soaking a piece of gauze with it.
Place the gauze over the heel spur and cover the area with plastic wrap. Apply heat to help the flaxseed oil soak deeply into your skin. This is a good treatment to do in the evening while watching television or reading or simply relaxing with your feet up.
The poultice should stay in place for a couple of hours, and you should sit still during the treatment.
Once you have heel spur pain, it is unlikely to go away completely. You will need to get in the habit of taking good care of your feet and using effective, soothing home remedies to address the pain.
Wear properly fitted shoes and be sure to exercise and rest appropriately. Eating a healthy diet that alkalizes your body will help prevent the development of more heel spurs.