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- What is a heel spur? What are heel spur symptoms?
- How do heel spurs relate to plantar fasciitis? What causes heel spurs?
- How do health-care professionals diagnose heel spurs?
- What is the treatment for heel spurs? Are there any home remedies for heel spurs?
- What is the prognosis (outlook) of heel spurs?
- Is it possible to prevent heel spurs?
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What is the treatment for heel spurs? Are there any home remedies for heel spurs?
Heel spurs are treated by measures that decrease the associated inflammation and avoid reinjury. Local ice applications both reduce pain and inflammation. Anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen (Advil) or injections of cortisone, are often helpful.
Orthotic devices or shoe inserts are used to take pressure off plantar spurs (donut-shaped insert), and heel lifts can reduce stress on the Achilles tendon to relieve painful spurs at the back of the heel. Similarly, sports running shoes with soft, cushioned soles can be helpful in reducing irritation of inflamed tissues from heel spurs. Infrequently, surgery is performed on chronically inflamed spurs.
What is the prognosis (outlook) of heel spurs?
The outlook is generally good. The inflammation usually responds to conservative, nonsurgical treatments. Infrequently, surgical intervention is necessary.
Is it possible to prevent heel spurs?
Treating any underlying associated inflammatory disease can prevent heel spurs.
Longo, D.L., et al. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18th ed. United States: McGraw-Hill Professional, 2011.