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HEEL SPURS

The last thing you want to feel when you get up in the morning is shooting pains in your heels. If you’re an avid runner or someone who is on their feet all day long, you’ve probably experienced some level of heel pain. Heel spurs, also known as calcaneal spurs, are shelf-shaped calcium build-ups on the heel bone that irritate the fatty tissues on the heel and cause pain. Heel spurs oftentimes arise as a result of plantar fasciitis, as the body tries to overcompensate for the stretched out and torn plantar fasciitis ligament. If you already suffer from plantar fasciitis or already feel pain in your heels from time to time, you could be at risk for more serious heel spurs.

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Heel Spurs

How Insoles Help Relieve Heel Pain

Ice and medication help with inflammation, resting takes pressure off your heels, and therapy exercises help strengthen your muscles and heal. But alongside all that, orthotic insoles and heel pads add extra cushion and comfort to reduce your pain. The best insoles for heel pain like Powerstep’s Pinnacle insoles are designed with built-in arch support and a heel cradle to offer stability and motion control. Because of conditions like plantar fasciitis and Achilles tendonitis that cause pain to the heel, orthotic insoles are customized with maximum cushion and comfort to relieve heel pain while you recover from your foot injury.

 

What Causes Heel Pain?

  • Plantar fasciitis is one of the most common reasons for heel pain. When your plantar fascia ligament becomes inflamed, it leads to pain beneath the foot around your heel bone. Like any other foot injury, if plantar fasciitis is left untreated, the condition becomes worse and leads to greater pain in your heel.
  • Achilles tendonitis is another condition that can very easily lead to heel pain. Achilles tendonitis occurs when you overuse and strain your Achilles tendon. Because this tendon connects your calf muscle to your heel bone, any strain on your Achilles tendon will trigger pain in your heel and lower leg. This most often occurs after a sports event or running.
  • Like the name implies, heel spurs, or calcium deposits on the underside of the heel bone, can lead to heel pain. They are often a result of the tearing of the membrane that covers the heel bone, as well as the straining of the plantar fascia ligament.
  • Another cause of heel pain is bursitis, a condition where fluid-filled sacs called bursae become inflamed. These sacs cushion the bones, tendons and muscles in your feet, so when they become inflamed, this causes pain in your heel.

Treatment of Heel Pain

In general, the best way to manage and relieve heel pain is to avoid participating in activities that cause the pain in the first place. Rest and icing the affected area are also best practices when trying to recover. However, since heel pain is a symptom of many different foot conditions, the type of treatment ultimately depends on the condition you’re struggling with and what your doctor recommends.

For example, if the primary reason for your heel pain is plantar fasciitis, rest, over-the-counter medication, and therapy targeted at strengthening your foot arch are all used to help you recover. Once your plantar fasciitis is gone, your heel pain should subside. For other conditions like Achilles tendonitis and bursitis, your doctor may recommend exercises and physical therapy focused on that specific part of your foot. If your condition is serious enough, your doctor may recommend surgery to fix the issue, relieve your symptoms, and get you back to your normal activities.

 

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