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Foot Care for Heel Spurs

Foot Care for Heel Spurs

Heel spurs, those bony protrusions on your heel bone, can bring a sharp pain to every step. But fear not, there are ways to manage the discomfort and get your feet back on track. This article explores some key foot care practices to help alleviate heel spur pain:

Rest and Relief:

  • ake a Break: Activities that aggravate your heel spur need a temporary pause. Reduce your running or jumping, and opt for low-impact exercises like swimming or cycling.

  • Ice It Down: Inflammation is a common culprit in heel spur pain. Applying a cold compress or rolling your foot over a frozen water bottle for 10-minute intervals several times a day can offer relief.

  • Medicate Wisely: Over-the-counter pain relievers like ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage pain and inflammation.

Supportive Steps:

  • Shoe Matters: Invest in well-fitting shoes with shock-absorbent soles, firm arches, and supportive heel counters. Replace worn-out shoes promptly.

  • Custom Orthotics: Pain from heel spurs can be reduced and/or controlled by taking the movement patterns of the foot and ankle into account. Custom orthotics can improve your current symptoms and help prevent future difficulties and deterioration.

  • Massage with foam roller:  massaging the plantar fascia boosts circulation, eases pain, and improves flexibility.

Stretching Strategies:

  • Loosen Up: Regularly stretching your calves and plantar fascia can significantly improve flexibility and reduce heel pain. Focus on stretches that target the arch of your foot and the muscles along your calf.

  • Morning Matters: Dedicate a few minutes each morning to gentle stretches before putting weight on your feet. Stretching throughout the day can also be beneficial.


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