Heel spurs are a common foot condition that occurs when calcium builds up on the underside of the heel, resulting in a bony spur. This condition is extremely painful and can make it difficult to exercise or even walk. When pressure is placed on the heel, the spur digs into the heel pad, causing a shooting or stabbing sensation. While there are medical treatments available for heel spurs, most resolve on their own over time. To speed up recovery, there are many remedies you can try at home to reduce the size of the spur and alleviate pain.
One of the best things that you can do for the heel spur is to rest it. If you notice that a heel spur has formed, reduce your activity levels. Put as little pressure on it as possible and avoid high-impact activities like running or jumping. At night, elevate the affected foot so that it can heal. Do not wear constricting shoes or socks, which can irritate the spur. More than likely, anything that causes pressure on the heel will cause enough pain to remind you not to do it. It is important to listen to this signal from your body and give your heel plenty of rest.
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