Heel Spurs Treatment

When foot pain strikes, especially in the heel, many people think they have heel spurs.  If the pain is really bad and impacts their daily life, they may seek out the best practice for heel spurs treatment.  But not so fast, are you sure it’s really heel spurs that you are suffering from?

It’s not uncommon for heel spur sufferers to walk into a doctors office where the doctor will flat out tell you that it’s not heel spurs that you are suffering with, rather you have an injury known as plantar fasciitis.   They are two different conditions so why are medical professionals always getting them confused?

First let’s dig deeper into what exactly are heel spurs.  Heel spurs are actually spike like projections of bone that usually don’t cause any pain.  They usually only form after the plantar fascia has become inflamed and swollen.  Are actually a side effect of inflammation of several deep layers of foot tissues that have become adhesed together.  Heel spurs are rarely painful and are a result of the cause or resolution of plantar fasciitis.  Heel spurs can be confirmed with an x-ray even after your plantar fasciitis has been completely healed.

So if you are suffering with heel spurs, you are basically battling plantar fasciitis as well.  The two go hand-in-hand.

So what is plantar fasciitis?  The term ‘itis’ means inflammation.  So plantar fasciitis is inflammation of the fascia of the foot.  The plantar fascia is a thin layer or band that runs from your heel bone all the way along the bottom of your foot and attaches just below your toes.

The problem with plantar fasciitis is that when you touch the bottom of your foot, you don’t feel any pain.  It’s actually the deeper tissues that are inflamed and it’s not until pressure is applied to these deep layers that you experience pain and discomfort.

So what causes plantar fasciitis?  Plantar fasciitis rarely develops overnight.  It’s a repetitive strain injury that usually develops over a period of time.  It can impact really anyone at any age but there are specific groups of people who are at higher risk of developing this terrible injury.  If you’re a runner, cashier, football player, soccer player, hairdresser, postal worker, factory worker, or nurse then consider yourself to be part of the high risk category for developing plantar fasciitis.

There is one tell tale sign of plantar fasciitis that every sufferer can relate too.  If the first few steps you take out of the bed in the morning feels like you are walking on broken glass instead of a warm, soft beach then there is a good chance that you are suffering from this stubborn and nagging injury.

But don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Plantar fasciitis affects millions of people every year.  So what is the best treatment for plantar fasciitis?

All it really takes to completely cure and recover from plantar fasciitis and heel spurs are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of your own living room without any special exercise equipment or gadgets!

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