Heel Pain Relief and Orthotics for Heel Spurs
A heel spur is a pointed outgrowth of the calcaneus bone located at either the back of the heel or beneath the sole of the foot. Oftentimes, this pain at the back or bottom of the heel is brought on by inflammation of the Achilles tendon or another condition. If you’re suffering from heel pain, it’s likely you’re dealing with a pesky heel spur. Learn more about the symptoms and causes of heel spurs.
Common Symptoms of Heel Spurs
Heel spurs can be difficult to diagnose because only 50 percent of people feel pain and discomfort from them. In many cases, heel spurs are associated with pain and discomfort caused by Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis. If you’re suffering from either of these conditions or have pain and swelling at your heel, a podiatrist can take x-rays of your feet to determine if you’re suffering from a heel spur.
Common Causes of Heel Spurs
Heel spurs develop over time as a result of long-term muscle strain and stress from long walks, running and jumping on hard surfaces. While heel spurs are directly related to Achilles tendonitis and plantar fasciitis, the following are other common causes of heel spurs:
- Wearing tight, uncomfortable shoes for long periods of time
- Wearing flip-flops on a regular basis
- Bruising of the heel
- Excessive body weight that puts strain on the feet
Heel Spurs Treatment Plan
When suffering from a heel spur caused by overuse and stress, management and relief start with rest, ice and avoiding the activity that triggers the pain. Since heel spurs are associated with other types of foot problems, the type of treatment depends on the primary condition you’re suffering from:
- For plantar fasciitis, your treatment plan may include rest, over-the-counter medication and therapy targeted towards strengthening the arch of your foot.
- For Achilles tendonitis and bursitis, your doctor may prescribe specific exercises and physical therapy to strengthen specific parts of your foot.
Orthotics for Heel Spurs
Orthotic solutions are also available to provide greater heel support and relieve heel spur pain:
These cushioning insoles designed for heel pain relief provide a supportive shell, built-in foot support and heel cradle for motion control. These insoles are specifically designed to provide support for heel pain caused by plantar fasciitis and other foot conditions.
These insoles are for you if you’re an athlete who suffers from heel discomfort. These insoles offer VCT® Variable Cushioning Technology foam with targeted Poron® cushioning at the heel and ball of foot to protect your feet in high-impact areas.
These self-adhesive foam pads can be placed directly under the heel of your orthotic insoles for an extra bit of support and cushioning. These wedges are ideal for those who have pain associated with over-pronation.
The firm, natural, sponge construction of these heel lift inserts provide extra cushioning to absorb the impact and shock from heel strikes. They work well in both tight dress shoes and more casual or athletic shoes where you need more of that shock absorption.
If rest, orthotics and physical therapy don’t relieve heel spur symptoms, your doctor may recommend surgery to fix the problem and get you back to your normal activities. If you think you’re suffering from a heel spur, visit your doctor or podiatrist immediately to get the pain relief you deserve.