Heel spurs, which are common among the people, occur as a result of the accumulation of calcium deposits between the heel and the arch of the foot. Stating that heel spurs occur when the muscles in the foot wear for a long time and damage the soft tissues, Op. Dr. Davud Yasmin, “Athletic activities such as running and jumping, moving on hard ground for a long time, heel injury, age, overweight and not choosing shoes suitable for foot structure increase the risk of heel spurs. Heel spurs are most common in runners and overweight people.
Doctor examination is important for diagnosis
Orthopedics and Traumatology Specialist Op. Dr. Davud Yasmin said, “Since heel spurs show similar symptoms with diseases that cause heel pain, it is not possible for a person to diagnose on their own. In the heel spur examination, the patient’s medical history is listened to and his complaints are questioned. The patient may be asked whether there are risk factors for heel spurs. In the manual foot examination, signs of inflammation such as redness and swelling in the foot are investigated, and a definitive diagnosis can be made by taking a foot X-ray.
Applying a cold compress relieves heel spur pain
Emphasizing that he started the treatment of heel spurs with lifestyle changes and rest, Op. Dr. Davud Yasmin, “People with heel spurs can apply cold compresses to relieve foot pain. The affected area can be anesthetized by placing ice packs on the aching area for 15 minutes. Cold application can also help reduce swelling. Simple painkillers can be used for sudden onset and short-term pain due to heel spurs. “Practicing physical therapy for long-term, chronic pain can help strengthen foot muscles.”