A buttress of heel can become a real disaster. This tiny calcium clot located near the base of the heel bone can be very uncomfortable during walking or running. About 50% of people with heel spurs suffer. You can not actually see it on your heel because it is normally about a quarter of an inch lengthways. Getting rid of this irritating problem is not so easy and requires some effort.
The bright side also decided to fight for the health of our heels and find ways to get rid of these spurs.
1. Apply a cold compress to a heel spur.
Do not neglect foot pain and try to take care of your feet at home. After applying a cold compress, you will immediately feel relieved. Cold helps to reduce pain very quickly, but does not last as long as if you were taking medication.
If you do not have a cold compress on hand, you can take an ice cube and wrap it in a cloth to make one.
2. Wear night splints for plantar fasciitis.
Night splints are worn on your injured foot during your sleep to relieve pain. It may not have been comfortable at first, but you'll get used to it and start to notice positive changes soon. You can buy them at a sporting goods store, pharmacy or online.
Do not worry about size, you should be able to choose a small, medium or large version. Night splints for plantar fasciitis can be very effective in improving the condition of your disease.
3. Do physiotherapy and exercise for the spurs.
Never neglect a visit to receive physiotherapy treatment. Keep in mind that it is crucial to find a medical specialist with the necessary training to not hurt you more. The specialist can also advise you on the exercises that you can do at home.
These exercises will help you reduce pain and train your muscles at the same time. Repeat each day when you have free time, for example before sleeping and wearing the splint.
4. Apply cider vinegar to the spurs of the heels.
This home remedy is simple, but effective! Apple cider vinegar can be used to reduce pain and swelling in just a few steps. Take a cloth and soak it in vinegar. Then apply it around the heels. Repeat each day until you feel relief.
5. Use custom orthotics created by a specialist.
Simple, fast and effective! Custom orthotics that you can put in your shoes can be made by your doctor or they can also advise you where to buy them and what shape you need. You may think that they are expensive, but this method is extremely effective and can relieve pain when you walk. The inserts can be used up to 5 years and are a good investment for your health, even if you do not have a heel pin.
6. Make injections of anti-inflammatory drugs.
These injections will help to get rid of the pain and inflammation at the same time. And that's what you need! Ask your doctor to prescribe something and do not buy it without proper medical consultation, especially if you feel no pain or discomfort. Do not be a hero, just go to the doctor. After all, it's your health and well-being.
7. Use Epsom salt baths for your feet.
Salt is healing and everyone already knows it. But it can also be a good treatment against spurs. Magnesium promotes bone formation and uses calcium.
Add a little Epsom salt to heat, but not hot water. Dive in for an hour, adding hot water when it starts to cool.
8. Use linseed or flaxseed oil.
You can also try to make a compress with flax seed or linseed oil. Take a piece of cloth, dip it into the oil, then apply it on the spur of your heel and wrap it to keep it warm. You can leave it overnight. This remedy can be used often because it is not chemical. Enjoy your night and feel better in the morning!
9. Apply baking soda paste to the affected area.
A few drops of water and baking soda can help you get rid of the pain and discomfort. Make a paste and apply it on the painful area. Remember to wrap the foot with gauze and an elastic bandage.
These easy remedies can help you effectively relax with a heel spur. And you probably already have the majority of the ingredients at home.
Bonus: Radiograph of a painful heel spur.
How do you fight against the heels? Have you tried any of the above treatments? Write a comment below and share your remedies!
Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for BrightSide.me