Have you experienced having severe pain in your heels when you stand up after being seated or asleep for a long time? Heel spurs are a painful condition that is commonly felt in the morning, right after you’ve stepped out of bed. The pain results from excess bone growth on the underside of the heel. It may start in the heel and could reach to other areas of the foot. Heel spurs may also be accompanied by an inflammation in the plantar fascia—a fibrous tissue located in the sole that extends from the toes to the heels.
A sudden increase in weight, daily activities or the thinning of the inside soles of our shoes can cause heel spurs. These factors tend to wear out the plantar fascia, causing inflammation and producing the pain. Wearing ill-fitted footwear or high-heeled shoes very often can also cause a tear in the plantar fascia, which can lead to its inflammation.
Putting too much weight or pressure on the feet can also trigger the painful sensation. That’s why people who have heel spurs tend to tiptoe or walk on the balls of their feet to avoid the discomfort. While this relieves the strain and discomfort, it may likely cause problems with the knees, hips, ankles or back.
Acupuncture and acupressure are two of the most common methods to address the pain and discomfort brought about by heel spurs. Other treatments may include physical therapy techniques that involve pool running, cycling and massage. Anti-inflammatory medications may also be prescribed to offer relief from the pain.