Heel spur (or plantar fasciitis) is a disease of the foot, manifested by inflammation of the aponeurosis.
The heel spur is the formation of a bone protrusion on the heel.Bone protrusion can be formed in both elderly and young people. The pain that a person experiences when walking often becomes the reason for seeking medical attention. To determine exactly how to treat the heel spur, the doctor takes into account the age, individual needs and the state of health of the patient.You can identify the heel spur using x-rays: The doctor sees the affected tendon, which is overgrown with calcium, which looks like a "spur."
Heel spur: symptoms
- Severe pain in the heel, which manifests when relying on the foot, long walking, standing and jumping.
- Slight increase in the heel.
- On palpation, discomfort occurs while pressing on the side surface of the heel, ankle and arches of the feet.
Heel spur: causes
- Injuries and foot overload. As a rule, this occurs when wearing long hairpins and high heels. If a woman stumbles accidentally, she can tear or stretch her tendon, which causes the heel spur to appear.
- Prolonged longitudinal flatfoot.
- Infection. Chlamydia gonorrhea occurs in a latent form and sometimes can cause inflammation of the heels. In this case, the person is concerned about pain in the heel, not only during long walking, but also in a calm state, when he does not step on the heel.
- Gout and chronic inflammation. Disturbed metabolism provokes the deposition of salts around the joints and tendons. Inflammations destroy almost all the internal organs of the body. Tendons are no exception, so they are more often injured, which can cause the heel spur.
- Excess weight.
- Relaxation of the foot ligaments.
- Increased gastrocnemius muscle tone.
- Inconvenient shoes.
Heel spur: prevention
- Get rid of excess weight.
- Massage stopminum 2 times a week.
- Wear comfortable shoes.
- Do not wear long shoes with high heels, so as not to increase the load is not calf muscles and do not deform the foot.
- The load on the foot should be uniform.
- For flat feet, it is recommended to put orthopedic insoles in shoes, do not wear gravity and do not stand in one place for a long time.
- Visit orthopedist.
- Do sports.
- Take care of the healing of the joints and spine.
- Treat inflammatory and infectious diseases.
Heel spur: how to treat?
There are several ways to treat heel spurs.
- Laser treatmentimplies exposure to the heel spur laser. This method improves blood circulation in the affected area, but does not save from the heel spur itself. With a laser, you can only relieve inflammation and reduce heel pain.
- Massotherapyhelps to increase blood circulation in the foot. This relieves the pain and the leg stops numb.
- Surgical removal of heel spurs. During the removal of the heel spur, doctors beat down the heel spur with a chisel and remove the tissue around the spur.
- Drug treatment of heel spurs. This treatment is aimed at reducing pain and inflammation. To do this, the patient is prescribed various medications, for example, Flexen, Brufen, Diclofenac, Indomethacin, etc. Medicines are available in tablets and suppositories. If the drugs do not help, the doctor may prescribe injections to the patient with corticosteroid hormones in the heel. If the heel spur is formed due to an infectious disease, the doctor prescribes antibiotics that eradicate the infection.
- Ultrasound therapy- the most effective treatment for heel spurs. The principle of treatment is to impact the heel spur with ultrasonic waves. This method should not be used for pregnant women, as well as for bleeding disorders and cancer.
Home treatment for heel spurs
The heel spur can be treated at home. As a rule, home treatment of the heel spur takes place under the supervision of a physician, so as not to provoke complications.
The orthopedist can prescribe you massage for the prevention of flatfoot and various baths. Massage is best done by professionals, but the baths can be done at home. There are also heel spur treatment cream, that penetrate deep into the skin and dissolve the salts formed on the tendons, which leads to the complete elimination of the heel spur. Creams are effective if your heel spur is new and does not depend on inflammatory and infectious diseases (gonorrhea and chlamydia).-
Home treatment for heel spurs can be done with iodine. From iodine make a bath for heels. In such a bath you need to hold the heel for 10 minutes. Iodine bath helps to get rid of heel pain.
A more effective method of treating with iodine is to mix 50 ml of iodine with 6 tablets of aspirin (before adding aspirin to the bath, you need to crush it). The resulting mass should be applied on the heels in the morning and evening. The course of treatment is 1 month.
Heel spur: treatment of folk remedies
Folk treatment of heel spurs is an effective way to combat neoplasms.
- Treatment of heel spur chicken gall.Mix 40 g of chicken bile, 20 g of vodka (or alcohol) and 5 g of shampoo. Before using the obtained mass, it is recommended to thoroughly steam the feet in a basin with hot water for 15 minutes. After the bath, attach to the sore spot a napkin soaked in a prepared mass. Wrap your foot with a napkin cling film, put on your socks. This compress is recommended to do at night.
- Treatment of heel spurs with onion tincture.Fill the onion peel with vinegar (1: 1). Close the bowl with onion tincture tight lid and insist the tincture for 2 weeks. Use the tincture for compresses: soak gauze in the tincture, apply it to the sore spot, cover the leg with cellophane and put on warm socks. Compress left overnight. The procedure is carried out daily until complete recovery. During the procedures it is necessary to lubricate the feet with nourishing foot cream.
- Garden iris treatment.Grind 300 g of garden iris root in a blender. Pour the crushed root with 300 ml of alcohol and tightly close the lid. Prepared tincture insist 15 days in a dark place. Make a compress from the prepared tincture: soak a gauze napkin in the prepared tincture, attach it to the sore spot, wrap the leg with cellophane and put on a warm sock. Compress is carried out after 1 day. The course of treatment - 10 packs.
- Heel spur treatment with nuts.Cook a gruel of walnuts. Apply the obtained gruel to the sore spot, secure with a plastic bag and put on a warm sock. Compress left overnight. Walnut gruel should be freshly prepared. Treatment continues until complete recovery.
- Treatment of heel spurs with potatoes. Cook in a uniform 6 potatoes. Cook mashed potatoes without boiled potatoes, but with kerosene. In hot mashed potatoes, lower legs for 20 minutes. After the bath, wipe your feet with a rag, put warm socks on your feet. The course of treatment is 10 sessions.
- Black radish from heel spurs.Grate the black radish on a fine grater along with the peel. Apply the resulting gruel to the heel spur, tie a bandage. Compress is applied overnight.
- Psyllium treatment. Find fresh plantain leaves. Tie the leaves to the heel (no need to wash the leaves) and walk with them until the leaves dry. When the leaves are dry, change them to fresh. Apply the leaves of the plantain to the heel spur for 2 weeks. Plantain pulls out salt from tissues, which relieves pain in the heel spur.
- Cabbage with honey from the spur on the heel. Take a fresh leaf of cabbage, liberally grease it with honey. Attach a sheet of honey to the sore spot and perebntuyte foot. Compress is done at night. In the morning, the compress is removed, and the foot is washed with warm water. The course of treatment is 3 days.
- Pepper treatment. Place a pinch of red pepper in wool socks. Wear pepper socks on your feet and do not remove them all day. After the first day of using such a remedy, it will become easier to walk, the pain will not be so severe. After two weeks of applying red pepper, the pain will disappear completely.
Use folk remedies for the treatment of heel spurs, and soon you will forget about its existence, but do not forget about visiting doctors, who will also prescribe you with medical drugs to speed up recovery.