How to Heal a Heel Spur

Wondering how to heal a heel spur and what causes them. Many people have heel spurs and often wonder how they developed in the first place.

Heel spurs form because of a problem with the plantar fascia. In the following article on how to heal a heel spur, I want to share some information that can help you determine the severity of your heel spur.

Additionally I’ll discuss some treatment options that you can do on your own to help ease the pain from your heel spur as well.

The plantar fascia is a muscle like tissue that attaches to the heel of your foot. This tissue extends across the arch of your foot and attaches to each of your toes. It looks similar to a dinner fork. Each time that you take a step, the tissue stretches and contracts slightly, just as a rubber band does.

Irritation to the plantar fascia is caused by excessive stress on the tissue. Running or walking on uneven surfaces over time can cause this to happen. The pain that you are experiencing in your heel is caused from tears in the plantar fascia, where it attaches to your heel.

When the plantar fascia is not allowed to heal, it continues to tear itself away from your heel bone. This is when heel spurs start to develop. Your body will always try to heal itself and it will recognize the problem with your plantar fascia.

Your body immediately starts to provide the affected area with additional calcium to form new bone where the plantar fascia no longer attaches.

People with minor tears in the plantar fascia, may have heel spurs but do not experience any pain. However, people with major tears or rips in the plantar fascia may have multiple heel spurs and may have trouble walking or even standing.

Your doctor or podiatrist may suggest bed rest to keep you off your feet or prescribe anti-inflammation medication. Severe cases of heel spurs from problems with your plantar fascia may however require a surgical procedure to correct.

Make an appointment with a podiatrist or give your doctor a call today about your heel spur.

TIP:Your doctor or podiatrist will want to know when the heel pain started to bother you. It may be the day that you stepped off the porch and nearly fell or it could have been from some other occurrence. You should also consider your day to day activities. Even if your feet endure a lot of stress from activities that you consider minor, you should still let the doctor know of these things.