Heel spur: pain on the bottom of the sole, heel when standing up and after rest

A common painful condition is heel spurs. Inflammation is caused by an internal bone deformity or an irritated tendon plate. The inflammation in the heel causes the person to have a lot of pain during the first steps after rest – due to stiff tissue. The pain can be a very intense stab and can sometimes last for a long time. What does heel spur mean, how does it cause inflammation and what can be done about it?

Heel spur

  • Preventing the inflammation
  • Characteristics of the condition
  • Why are heel spurs formed?
  • Progressive deterioration
  • Influence of stretching
  • Arch supports

Preventing the inflammation

Inflammation of the heel caused by deformities or tendonitis makes movement extra difficult or painful if the muscles are stiff or not warmed up. This condition probably affects four hundred thousand people per year, making it an important source of much misery. However, the pain can be avoided with useful adjustments, so that one can walk around comfortably. What can be done if there is a heel spur or tendonitis?

Characteristics of the condition

Physically, there is a deformity of the heel bone on which we walk. The growth sticks out like a point pointing towards the toes, affecting the tissue. Normally one does not suffer from this as long as there is no inflammation of the periosteum. If you do suffer from it, it will manifest itself as a severe stabbing pain as soon as you start moving again from rest. Think of sitting at a desk for a long time or when waking up. The muscles and tendons must then start moving again (be stretched) for good blood circulation. This is when the worst pain is usually experienced. Even when resting, the sole or heel may feel stiff or burn. Sometimes the pain disappears completely after exercise. It may happen that one always experiences the pain, which makes the person less inclined to move. Please note that sometimes heel pain can occur even though the calcareous appendage has not formed.

Why are heel spurs formed?

People who overload the sole may develop problems over time. Think of athletes, runners or people who spend a lot of time in a certain place. As a result, the fiber tape connection with heel attachment is subjected to such prolonged or incorrect tensile stress that it starts to ignite. Over time, this will lead to limescale deposits, causing growth. In other words, the inflammation can lead to pain, both without and with the actual heel spur. There are several reasons that can cause it. Consider incorrect walking movements (overpronation) when walking, playing golf or exercising, overloaded body due to work, pregnancy or Achilles tendon injury. Most striking is that the person often walks in an unusual manner, with one side of the sole being overloaded.

Progressive deterioration

Because there is inflammation of the periosteum, the condition will worsen. The pain may initially be bearable, but will increase in severity. That is why something needs to be done about it. Without treatment, the painful condition will worsen. Inflammation will therefore always have to be treated to prevent progressive damage. How can the influence of the painful condition be reduced using useful tips?

Influence of stretching

Before you get up and walk, it is important to loosen your muscles. During rest, the tendon plate in the sole shortens slightly, which can put extra tension on the joint. If you take the first steps immediately, this tendon plate will have to stretch extra, making the inflammation extra painful. It is therefore important to initially make foot movements without standing on them. While sitting, move your feet regularly so that you make a similar walking motion. Also do some exercises before you get up, so that the tendon is already stretched and the stabbing pain is avoided. Exercise exercises solve painful problems for the vast majority of people.

Arch supports

Because the cause of the misery and pain is often an incorrect walking movement, this must be corrected. To this end, you can have arch supports fitted to correct the foot. The arch of the foot will then not bend in an unnatural way. The supports ensure that there is not a lot of tension on the tendon ligament and heel connection. This allows the condition to gradually disappear because the periosteum is less irritated.

Often no medication is given, because it can be treated easily with exercises and insoles. To reduce the impact of the inflammation, consider taking birch leaf or nettle tea. This allows unwanted substances such as acids and inflammation causes to be further removed. If you have a lot of swelling and pain, cool it with ice and use aspirin.

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