Heel spurs and plantar fasciitis are often confused. While individuals suffering from plantar fasciitis often develop heel spurs as a result of the inflammation, these are two different conditions that can occur without the patient developing the other.
A heel spur is a hook of bone that protrudes from the bottom of the foot, where the plantar fascia attaches to the heel bone. While bone spurs developed as a result of plantar fasciitis may not always be the primary cause of foot pain, they certainly contribute to the inflammation and should not be left untreated. In patients not suffering from plantar fasciitis, heel spur pain can also become acute and, if not treated efficiently with adequate heel spur treatments, can be quite debilitating.
Heel spurs often affect older men and women, but can be found in patients of most any age. Heel spurs are diagnosed by taking an X-Ray of the foot or feet affected, on which the bone hook can clearly be seen and identified. Heel spur pain is, as mentioned earlier, often a complication of plantar fasciitis. About 70 percent of patients suffering from plantar fasciitis develop heel spurs, but the condition can also be found in about 50 percent of patients with no history or evidence of plantar fasciitis. The exact relationship between the two conditions is not entirely understood, but it is generally that both conditions, whether suffered individually or in tandem, are treated the same way.
There are a variety of treatments available to people suffering from heel spur pain. The first heel spur remedy recommended by doctors is rest. By allowing the ligament to relax, pressure on the heel is released, allowing the inflammation to subside and heel spur pain to abate. In patients who have no long-term history of heel spur pain, rest is usually enough to provide relief. In patients with more serious conditions, or who have left the problem untreated for a number of years, a more intense heel spur treatment may be required.
Heel spur treatments are found in the form of heel spur night splints and special insoles. Most people find these remedies to help them find relief from their heel spur pain. In fact, Cushi Heels and Powerstride shoe inserts and heel spur night splints have proven to help patients find heel spur relief within about three months, and 90 percent of patients found that their heel spur pain was completely gone within a year. In conjunction with rest, regular application of ice packs, special heel spur exercises and anti-inflammatory medication, heel spur night splints and heel spur insoles are the best heel spur treatment available.
If you are suffering from pain resulting from plantar fasciitis, heel spurs, or a combination of the two, Cushi Heels can help you literally get back on your feet. Heel spur pain isn't something you need to live with. It is treatable, and heel spur remedies are only a call or a click away. Stop living with heel spur pain, and take the first step to claiming your life back today by contacting Cushi Heels.