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How to treat a heel spur?
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Rest, ice, NSAIDs
The heel spur is a sign that there is traction on the bone, but is rarely the cause of the pain.
Plantar fasciitis is usually the culprit. Sudden increases in pain can be treated with rest, good supportive footwear, gel heel cups, ice massage, stretching of the calf muscles and anti-inflammatories (nsaids). All ot these can be done on your own. Of course, physicians can add many treatment measures.

In brief: Rest, ice, NSAIDs
The heel spur is a sign that there is traction on the bone, but is rarely the cause of the pain.
Plantar fasciitis is usually the culprit. Sudden increases in pain can be treated with rest, good supportive footwear, gel heel cups, ice massage, stretching of the calf muscles and anti-inflammatories (nsaids). All ot these can be done on your own. Of course, physicians can add many treatment measures.
Dr. Frank Holmes
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. David Laha
Agree with Dr Holmes. In our office we use a good supports instead of heel cups. Using a night splint is very helpful. Custom orthotics used if OTC are not adequate. NO weightbearing fitness activity until well.
Dr. Jason Rubin
Podiatry
In brief: Treat if painful
Heel spurs should only be taken out surgically if they are associated with chronic plantar fasciitis or symptomatic insertional Achilles tendonitis.
Plantar calcaneal heel spurs rarely ever cause pain but can be taken out as a last line of treatment for plantar fasciitis. If the heel spurs do not bother you then you do not need to treat them.

In brief: Treat if painful
Heel spurs should only be taken out surgically if they are associated with chronic plantar fasciitis or symptomatic insertional Achilles tendonitis.
Plantar calcaneal heel spurs rarely ever cause pain but can be taken out as a last line of treatment for plantar fasciitis. If the heel spurs do not bother you then you do not need to treat them.
Dr. Jason Rubin
Dr. Jason Rubin
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Dr. Oliver Wang
Podiatry
In brief: Many ways
Heels spurs are created when too much tension is placed on the plantar fascia which creates inflammation at the origin on the heel bone.
The inflammation results in new bone formation through the deposit of calcium. In the past, the heel spurs were surgically removed however, through studys, it has been shown that the pain is rarely due to the spur. So treatment is orthotics and physical therap.

In brief: Many ways
Heels spurs are created when too much tension is placed on the plantar fascia which creates inflammation at the origin on the heel bone.
The inflammation results in new bone formation through the deposit of calcium. In the past, the heel spurs were surgically removed however, through studys, it has been shown that the pain is rarely due to the spur. So treatment is orthotics and physical therap.
Dr. Oliver Wang
Dr. Oliver Wang
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