Do you feel a constant pain in your heel? You might be suffering from a heel spur, which sometimes manifests as the feeling of a pin sticking into the bottom of the foot after long periods of sitting or lying down and later dulls into an achy pain. However, a heel spur sometimes has no symptoms and is only detectable on an X-ray.
Heel spurs often result from muscle and ligament strain. Another cause may be wearing poorly-filling shoes as well as obesity.
If you want to naturally heal a heel spur you can:
- Have a warm bath using a cup of Epsom salts.
Epsom salt is rich in magnesium and helps in dissolving the calcium build-up that causes the heel spur. Another alternative is to try and eat more magnesium-rich foods like spinach, avocado, bananas, beans and dried figs.
- Stick to an alkaline diet.
This will prevent inflammation and further build-up. In order to make a body-detoxification eat more fruit and vegetables rich in potassium, such as bananas, cherries, broccoli, and sweet potatoes. Drink plenty of water and avoid all processed foods, as well as dairy and meat products.
- Do a massage using essential oils.
Rub a small amount of heated oil (for example coconut oil) into your heels and toes. This will help the fluid to flow more easily as well as to break the scar tissue quickly. You can also add anti-inflammatory essential oils like rosemary, thyme, and lavender to speed up the healing process.
- Buy yourself some quality shoes
You should always wear well-fitting shoes with shock-absorbent soles, firm shanks, and supportive heel counters. Wearing poor-fitting shoes is often the cause of your heel spur. Heal and prevent further heel spurs with the right shoes that properly distribute body weight and reduce pressure on the heel.
Not only are these natural remedies helpful for treating a heel spur, they are also useful in treating other heel-related ailments. According to Cleveland Clinic research there are several possible causes of heel pain, from arthritis to plantar fasciitis, and from wearing high heels to repetitive overuse. But no matter the cause of heel pain, stretching your feet and ankles, soaking them, and above all wearing the right shoes, is a surefire fix to feel-good heels.
Whatever the pain you are experiencing consult your physician first. Any home remedies or major changes to your diet should be done under the guidance of a medical professional.