Heel spurs are abnormal protrusions coming out from the heel. They are caused by an inflammation of ligaments and they can be extremely painful and disturbing. Overworking the tendons in the heel area usually leads to this condition; this is why it affects active persons or sportsmen. In severe cases heel spur can only be removed surgically, but this is nothing easy or pleasant. Most doctors only recommend surgery if nothing else works. There are a couple of home remedies on heel spur that you can try to obtain relief and, although some of them might take a while before becoming effective, they are worth the time and effort.
Home remedies usually focus on reducing the inflammation of ligaments and thus the pain associated with it. One of the best ways to do so is to wear orthopedic molds. You can buy them over the counter and, after placed under your heel, they will diminish the pain felt when walking. It is totally unadvisable to walk barefoot because this will apply some extra pressure on your ligaments.
If you don't have orthopedic molds, before buying them, use shoes that have a one inch high heel. This is extremely painful in the morning, after the ligaments have contracted overnight. Other home remedies on heel spurs that are meant to make walking easier include wearing a foot split while sleeping or to apply ice packs on the painful area. A foot split won't allow the ligaments to contact and the ice will diminish the inflammation. Instead of ice packs you can also use frozen bottles of water and to roll your heel on them.
Apple cider vinegar and cabbage are other well-known home remedies on heel spurs. Apple cider vinegar needs to be applied on a paper cut in heel shape and this paper should be kept on the heel for five days. Fresh cabbage leaves are effective if you warp your foot in them daily. Massage is also recommended by doctors and you can massage your heel with coconut oil, which makes a great home remedy on heel spur.
Chlorinated water reduces inflammation if you soak your feet in it and the best part is that tap water usually contains chlorine. You can also soak your feet in borax solution and the inflammation will go away in a few days.
Other home remedies on heel spur include drinking alfalfa tea, eating foods rich in calcium or applying flaxseed packs.
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