Heel spurs can be very painful. It can occur in men and women at all ages. As you can see by the amazingly detailed picture above, pain is usually associate with pain in the heel.
The heel is kinda big place, so depending actually where upon the heel depends upon what could be going on. I'm going to go through the 2 most common types of heel spurs and treatment. But as usual, check it out with a medical professional first.
This is where the pain is directly at the back of the heel. Usually seen in women or people who do a lot of jumping. It is usually associated with a tight calf muscle.
Because if the calf muscle is tight then it can give us a tight Achilles tendon. The tendon inserts into the back of the heel and will pull at that spot. Pain radiates around that area and around the sides of the heel. In time and over many years a spur on the back of the heel can appear:
In some cases you can feel a bump on the back of the heel- called a Haglunds deformity.
Treatment depends upon the person. So:
Bend the right leg until you can feel tightness, no pain,
in the back of the other leg. Hold it for 10 seconds...don't bounce.
Release. Do it again 10 more times. Then swap legs and start again. You dont bounce and never do it to pain. 1 time per day for about a week and you see a difference.
This should be done twice a day everyday for a week. You should feel less pain after the week. A professional clinician should show you how. I can not because my interpretation could be very different to yours and that will not help anyone.
This is quite common as well. The most common main things causing this?
Here we will go with Plantar Fasciitis a very over diagnosed issue, very common and why does it have 2 i's together? :)
Anyway. With this you find that it is sore in the morning and when you walk around it tends to get better after a few steps. It is Acute and not Chronic- so treatment is simplified.
It actually isnt really plantar fasciitis as such. What it is is insertional plantar fasciitis. In other words, where the fascia inserts it is sore.
Just like the achilles tendon, the fascia inserts/ originates from the heel and then goes along the foot. Now if it is irritated and constantly pulled at the insertion point it will be sore. A heel spur can appear.
The main idea is to get the area back to being calm rather than "inflammed". So:
The picture above is for women. But you can have a look around the main gel heel cushions for heel spurs page on Amazon here.
Remember though. if you are in pain then get it checked out first.
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