Heel Spurs

Heel Spurs

Description Of The Injury: A heel spur is a soft deposit of calcium that has accumulated on the bottom surface of the foot or at the back of the heel due to continual tension and inflammation of the plantar fascia. It occurs after repetitive stress, and continually ignoring inflammation of the area. A heel spur is usually an indication of plantar fasciitis or can also be related to arthritis or a more considerable foot problem.

Injury Symptoms: The first symptom of a heel spur is inflammation of the bottom surface of the foot, known as plantar fasciitis. When this is not treated, a heel spur is formed and is usually accompanied by continual inflammation and pain of the area.

Additional Information

Home Treatments:

Common anti inflammatory drugs and bracing the foot with conventional injury tape is usually used to conventionally treat a heel spur. Reducing physical activity and reducing the amount of weight placed on the foot with the heel spur is necessary in reducing further injury and promoting recovery.

Professional Medical Treatments:

Your doctor may use a padded ankle brace to help conservatively treat a heel spur. Non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, cortisone injections, and ultrasound may be used to help reduce the inflammation of the area to help treat the heel spur. Surgery of a heel spur is considered a last resort option.

Physical Therapy and Exercises:

There are a couple of exercises that aid in the treatment of heel spurs. The first involves putting one foot in front of the other, bending the knees, and lowering yourself until you are balancing yourself right over the heels. The second involves leaning in the direction of an opposing wall, keeping one leg straight and bending the other leg at the knee, stretching the ankle.

Exercise Techniques to Prevent Injury:

The aforementioned exercises should be done daily as part of a whole body workout program. In additional, calf related stretches and exercises will also help prevent the onset of heel spurs. Most importantly, treating the inflammation of the bottom foot before it leads to heel spurs is the best preventative measure.

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