Effective treatments for heel spurs
Heel spur treatment is similar to that of plantar fasciitis. Since all these medical conditions are correlated, the treatment options are more or less the same. Basically, heel spurs should be treated with ample amount of rest in order to reduce the inflammation of the plantar fascia ligament. However, patients must know about the proper heel spur treatment options available these days to achieve quick healing:-
Medical treatment procedures
- Shockwave therapy: This treatment method employs energy pulses for inducing micro trauma to the ligaments and tissues spread around the heel spur. In an Extracorporeal Shockwave Treatment (ESWT), the therapist applies curative shockwaves over the affected part of the heel that instantly stimulates a healing response within the inflamed ligaments and tissues, easing the acute heel pain. It needs around 3 to 4 months for this procedure to be fully effective. ESWT is mostly suggested to patients who have tried and tested the other treatments of heel spur but have failed to achieve any results.
- Cortisone steroid injections: Cortisone is a strong and effective anti-inflammatory injection which is directly injected into the heels and works almost instantly. Since, the effect of the injection lasts for only a month and it is unable to address the biochemical cause of the inflammation, patients might have to come back for more applications.
- Surgery: Though very rarely suggested by podiatrists, it is the last resort for curing the condition of heel spur as well as plantar fasciitis. An incision is made into the ligament by partially removing the plantar fascia to let the bony spur come out of it. (Read more..)