If you have heel spurs you know the intensity of heel pain that can come with it. Thankfully, there are home remedies for heel spurs that can often reduce pain and inflammation.
The pain you feel from a heel spur is the result of a spiky accumulation of calcium on bone of the heel. Our bones are substantially made of calcium in any case, but in the case of a heel spur this is an improperly grown bone formation.
The plantar fascia, a band of connective tissue running between your heel and toes, detaches from the heel a bit and the calcification grows as a result of that detachment, causing a heel bone spur.
Heel spur symptoms can be negligible. You may not notice them at all and may not know they are there without an x-ray of the foot. Usually, the heel spur is a minor issue in itself, a little calcium deposit on the bone, but the pain it is often accompanied by – plantar fasciitis – is no small thing.
The pain of a heel spur can be tremendous and accompany every step you take. The calcium growth of the heel spur itself is often caused by the inflammation of plantar fasciitis, and the two conditions can then negatively reinforce each other until you are suffering from a chronic pain condition in one or both feet.
Top Home Remedies for Heel Spurs
At present, the most popular remedies for heel spurs among Earth Clinic readers are supplemental calcium and an ankle wrap using apple cider vinegar.
Other remedies which can help relieve heel spurs pain are:
- stretching the affected foot.
- using arch supports or other orthotics to reduce impact and overpronation.
- ice pack
- anti inflammatory foods.
- anti inflammatory medications
- Ginger and turmeric
Continue reading below to find out which natural remedies worked best for our readers to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by heel spurs and how to prevent heel spurs from forming again.