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Heel spurs: the myths and truth about this agonising foot problem

Even in this day and age of advanced medical science, it is not easy to find authentic and reliable information about any ailment. The barrage of information that is available has a tendency of exaggerating or under-playing the problem, thereby leaving the patient in deep doubt and scepticism.

Heels spurs have become a common ailment over time. Also known as heel spur syndrome, it is caused by calcium deposit at the base of your heel. The protrusion can be clearly examined by an X-Ray. It is hard to detect a heel spur because its symptoms are not exactly vociferous. Heel spurs rarely cause pain in the heel bone and in even fewer cases; it could lead to additional pain in the tissue that connects the heel bone to the ball of the foot.


Do not panic


Heel spurs are easily curable. They are more common in athletes and runners as the probability of tearing the heel muscle or causing strain to it is more likely in their case. Thus, heel spur is one of many possible bone spur that occurs along the margin of joints and these tiny projections might cause some difficulty in normal movement of the particular area that they affect. This can be easily avoided by visiting your nearest health clinic and getting the best possible precautions that you need to have in place before you start physical training of any kind.




Heel spurs have become the focal point for countless myths and legends. Ranging from its causes to its possible effects, this simple ailment has been mired in unnecessary mystery. Hence, it is time to clear out a few facts about heel spurs so that you are better equipped to handle and comprehend the problem.

Myth #1:  Plantar fasciitis is a condition in which there is an inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament which is placed at the base of the foot, running from the heel to the toe. The most common misunderstanding with regards to heel spurs is that it is synonymous with Plantar Fasciitis, which is untrue. Medical research has successfully established that these are two separate conditions and therefore should be treated accordingly, which also means that anti-inflammatory medication meant for inflammation will not make it go away.

Myth #2:Pain is considered to be an accepted symptom of heel spurs. Most patient’s attribute their pain to heel spurs which in turn, creates additional confusion for them and their physician. Contrary to popular belief, finding heel spurs in an X-Ray does not elicit any reaction from your doctor, because it is considered to be an insignificant finding. It is very rare that a heel spur, and only a heel spur, would cause any long lasting problems or even pain to the patient.

Myth #3:  It is only natural that we try to find a more organic source for our problems. For us, it cannot merely be a biological anomaly that has developed gradually and naturally, it must have some intrinsic root cause. Which leads us to our third misconception- people with flat feet are more prone to heel spurs. Medical research has proved beyond a speck of doubt that there is no traceable link between flat feel and heel spurs.


The Biggest Truth


The biggest truth about heel spurs is that they are easily treatable. The treatment for heel spurs is available at both the level of medical science and natural remedies. Let us explore each in turn.

Natural Remedies:It is best to give the affected area as much rest as possible. It would be even more beneficial to avoid activities that further aggravate the pain and make it worse. In cases when the pains in sharp, applying an ice pack might help in soothing the pain. Also, do not put undue stress on your foot. If you wish to exercise or run, make sure that your body is ready and adequately warmed up. Stretching exercises can also go a long way in helping your body adapt to exercise and work outs. These simple steps will help in lengthening the tissues around the affected area thereby calming them.

Medical and Surgical Options:Fersenspor Behandlung, or German for heel spur treatment, is an option that is widely utilized by many people suffering from heel spurs. In this alternative, a slight incision is made at the base of the heel, either endoscopically or traditionally, so as to relieve a slight area of the affected area. Though this option is only preferred when natural remedies and precautions fail to have any lasting effects on the patient.


Heel spurs rarely ever cause pain. They are merely a small and slight projection in your foot that can cause no long lasting harm. Wearing foot insoles and taking proper care of your feet so that they are not over-worked can help you fend off the problem of heel spurs for as long as you like. In case, you are experiencing pain or discomfort due to heel spurs, treatment for it is not only possible but is also easy and quick.


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