A heel spur can become a real disaster. This tiny calcium clot near the base of your heel bone can cause a lot of discomfort during walking or running. Approximately 50 percent of people with heel spurs have pain from them. You can’t actually see it on your heel because it’s normally about a quarter of an inch in length. Getting rid of this irritating problem is not that easy and takes some effort.
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 on a heel spur.
Don’t ignore foot pain and try to take care of your feet at home. After applying a cold compress you will feel relief from heel spurs immediately. The cold helps to reduce the pain very fast, but won’t last as long as if you took medication.
If you don’t have a cold compress on hand, you can take an ice cube and wrap it in a cloth to make one.
2. Wear plantar fasciitis night splints.
Night splints are worn on your injured foot while sleeping to help ease the pain. It might not be that comfortable in the beginning, but you will get used to it and soon begin to notice changes for the better. You can purchase them at a sporting goods store, pharmacy, or online.
Don’t worry about the size, you should be able to pick a small, medium, or large version. Plantar fasciitis night splints can be very effective in improving the condition of your ailment.
3. Do physiotherapy and exercise for heel spurs.
Never neglect a visit to receive a physiotherapy treatment. Keep in mind that it is crucial to find a medical specialist with the proper education so that they don’t harm you even more. The specialist can also advise you as to which exercises you can do at home.
These exercises will help you to reduce pain and train your muscles at the same time. Repeat them every day when you have free time, like, for example, before sleeping and wearing the splint.
4. Apply apple cider vinegar on heel spurs.
This home remedy is simple, yet 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 heel spurs. Repeat every day until you feel relief.
5. Use custom orthotics inserts created by a specialist.
Simple, fast, and effective! Custom orthotic inserts 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 might think that they’re expensive, but this method is extremely effective and can ease pain when you’re walking. The inserts can be used for up to 5 years and they are a good investment in your health, even if you don’t have a heel spur.
6. Do injections of anti-inflammatory medications.
These injections will help to get rid of pain and inflammation at the same time. And that’s what you need! Ask your doctor to prescribe something for you, and don’t buy it without a proper medical consultation, especially if you don’t feel any pain or discomfort. Don’t 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 heals and everyone already knows this. But it can also be a good treatment against heel spurs. Magnesium helps bone formation and utilizes calcium.
Add some Epsom salt to warm, but not hot, water. Soak in it for an hour, adding hot water when it starts to cool down.
8. Use flaxseed or linseed oil.
You can also try to make a compress with flaxseed or linseed oil. Take a piece of cloth, dip it in the oil, then apply this cloth to your heel spur, and wrap it to keep it warm. You can leave it on 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 on the affected area.
Just a few drops of water and baking soda can help you to get rid of pain and discomfort. Make a paste and apply it to the painful area. Don’t forget to wrap the foot with gauze and an elastic bandage.
These easy remedies can effectively help you to ease your life with a heel spur. And you probably already have the majority of the ingredients at home.
Bonus: X-ray of a painful heel spur.
How do you fight heel spurs? Have you tried any of the treatments above? Write a comment below and share your remedies!
Illustrated by Daniil Shubin for BrightSide.me