Heel spur is one of the most common causes of heel pain. It's a pointed overgrowth caused by calcification that changes the structure of the heel bone. When these calcified hooks protrude into the plantar fascia, the soft tissues of the heel get irritated and inflamed resulting in severe pain.
Heel Spur Symptoms
The pain is typically described as toothache in the foot. Severe foot pain on standing is the main symptom of a calcaneal spur. The pain is more in the morning and decreases with activity.
The pain is triggered by repetitive stress injury caused by excessive body weight, ill-fitting shoes, feet problems like misalignment of heel, sports activities that involve running, etc.
Heel spurs can be diagnosed with a foot X-ray where a bony outgrowth can be seen at the calcaneal bone near the attachment of plantar fascia. A radiological evidence will help in differential diagnosis of pain caused by spur, arthritis, stress fractures and other foot problems.
✔ Curcumin Extract: Supplements of curcumin/turmeric are an excellent natural remedy for heel spur. The recommended daily dosage is 500 mg of the extract for 6 weeks. It should be taken on empty stomach for best results.
✔ Avoid walking barefoot: Shoes are a must to support the arch of the foot. Do not walk on hard surfaces without shoes as it puts too much pressure on the plantar fascia. Foot inserts like arch supports and heel cups aid by cushioning the heel, and also reduce the weight-bearing on feet in between activities.
Pain relief medications like analgesics and anti-inflammatory drugs are recommended in acute/chronic pain. Steroids and anesthetic injectables at the site of spur are prescribed if the pain becomes severe.