A heel spur occurs when the plantar fascia tissue which located in the bottom of our foot get inflammation. The inflammation allow the calcium to deposits in the tissue that promote the development of a bone protrusion in your heel bone. In the early stage, heel spurs are usually asymptomatic (have no significant symptoms) but when it progress, the inflammation of a bone protrusion can become swollen and extremely painful. The pain is typically strongest upon walking, jogging or running and in the early of the morning which have some relief during the day. This disease is more common in very active people such as athletes or sports stars who put a high level of pressure on their feet. Besides, there is a number of factors that could put you in a high risk of heel spurs, namely: obesity,diabetes, aging, tight calf muscles, badly worn shoes and who spend a majority of their time on their feet, etc. Fortunately, besides surgeries a variety of approaches that are available to help you manage a heel spur. A naturopathic remedies is pretty potential since it’s in your house, cheaper and safer with minimal adverse effects as a surgery. Before you attempt to apply any of this remedies, make sure to consult with your physician.
- Ice pack
An ice pack is an excellent method in order to relieve the swelling and pain which resulted from inflammation. Moreover, the cold temperature will not only cool down the hot inflamed heel but numb that area which in return could provide you some comfort. So apply an ice pack on your heel spur for appropriately 15 minutes. You can repeat this a couple of time during a day if needed. Remember this remedy is only for temporary and for a quick relief. You should combine with other home remedies for a long-term and better results.
- Rest the heel
Heel resting play an important role in heel spur treatment. Resting allow the pain in your heel spur to dissipate as the heel no longer need to pound against hard surface while running, walking in long distance and other activities.
- Apple Cider Vinegar
This type of vinegar work by pulling out some of the excessive calcium in the heel spur area which in return relief pressure on the heel then put you in pain-free. You can either soak cotton balls, gauze or a piece of cloth with apple cider vinegar alone or in combination with other remedies (vinegar, molasses and baking soda in a ratio of 1:1:1) then tie it around the affected heel. This vinegar cloth need to be kept wet and stay there for a couple of days to see improvement. See more how apple cider vinegar will grow thicker eyebrows.
- Turmeric Powder
Turmeric powder is famous for its wonderful effect in dealing with pain and inflammation thanks to a compound call curcumin contained in the powder.
– Take 500 mg supplement of turmeric powder in the morning before your breakfast to reduce inflammation symptoms
– Add turmeric into your normal diet that could also reduce the pain caused by a heel spur.
- Coconut oil massage
An essential coconut oil can used accompanying with a massage to speed up the process of relief as well as ease the inflammation and pain. Massage your inflamed heel with a warm virgin coconut oil so that the oil can be absorbed easily to your skin and complete its action there. In addition, coconut oil is wonderful in moisturizing and softening the skin on the heel spurs that help to alleviate the pain. A regular massage will enhance your blood circulation to the affected area which in turn reduce the inflammation.
- Salt water
Add a tablespoon of salt into a bowl of warm water then soak your heels in this solution for about 15 minutes. This will work wonder in relieving the pain as well as the inflammation of your heel spurs. You should repeat this procedure a several times during the day in attempt to prevent a major discomfort due to the heel spur.
- Heel insert.
In case you really need to stand up in your feet and go out, consider some heel pad that insert in your shoes to provide you some comfort while walking. This purpose of this pad is not only to provide comfort but to ensure you have a well-worn shoes so that you won’t have a further damage to your heel.
- Heel stretches
If you don’t want your heel to be rigid after a long resting while treating your heel spurs then try some stretches exercise. These stretches not only help to lose your heel but eliminate the pain associated with heel spur and keep your muscle active. You definitely should ask your doctor for proper instruction for stretches so that you don’t hurt yourself while exercise.