Home Remedies For Heel Spurs - Which Are The Best?


Of the Heel spur (also Calcaneal spur) is a new bone formation of the distal bone (Calcaneus).

A distinction is made between two forms of heel spurs; a lower (plantar) and an upper one (dorsalHeel spur.
Of the plantar calcaneal spur forms in the area where the Tendon plate of the foot at the bottom of the calcaneus. This can be done with a inflammation be connected to that tendon plate, which is called Plantar fasciitis referred to as.
In contrast to this is the dorsal calcaneal spur at the insertion of the Achilles tendon and is with a Bursitis socialized.

About everyone tenth person in Germany possesses such a bony spur of the calcaneus. The most common are 40-60 year olds affected. In most cases, a heel spur remains asymptomatic, i.e. without symptoms and only becomes apparent by chance X-ray image discovered. In some cases, however, those affected suffer from severe pain, especially when running, which is caused by inflammation.

Treatment is often included tedious and does not aim at a cure, but at the alleviation of acute pain and a fight against inflammation.
However, this is often not crowned with success, so that many patients are looking for alternative healing methods. Advertised as very effective and without side effects, sometimes seemingly absurd, Home remedies are hardly helpful. The following article is intended to give a brief overview of some common home remedies and other alternative treatments for heel spurs.

The different home remedies

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Since the Pain at Heel spurs Due to inflammation of neighboring structures, especially of tendons, cooling the painful area is a useful treatment for acute pain.
It must be ensured that the cooling packs used do not come into direct contact with the skin, as this can lead to a painful "burn" of the skin. Instead, the cool pack should come with a (Towel be wrapped.


The application of homeopathy is nowadays very common in a wide variety of diseases and is often used by the patient himself as a self-treatment and viewed as an alternative to conventional medicine with few or no side effects. Especially Globules (lat. globules) are often used. So it is not surprising that homeopathic remedies are also offered for heel spurs.

Dem German Homeopathy Union (DHU) According to the use of homeopathic remedies, permanent freedom from pain can be achieved. Especially "Hekla Lava", which is obtained from the ashes of the Icelandic volcano Hekla, is here in the form of globules of Potency D4 used for treatment. This is supposed to help the body fight inflammation, breakdown processes and pain and improve the symptoms within a few days.

The real effect on the discomfort Heel spurs is very questionable.
To date, the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies has generally not been proven. Their theoretical foundations (such as the principle of potentiation) even contradict today's chemical, physical and medical knowledge. At the same time, the homeopathic remedies offered are not regulated by the currently applicable Medicines Act, but are subject to their own regulations.
The so-called Hahnemann specifications describe the testing process of a new homeopathic remedy: With these, homeopathic examiners, who must be healthy, take the remedies and then note down any changes they notice in themselves.

An effective treatment of heel spurs is not guaranteed by homeopathic remedies.

Marmot fat

The ointment obtained from marmot fat can relieve the discomfort of the heel spur.

That still today in Alpine region widely used as home remedies Marmot fat and the one made from it Marmot fat ointment a number of positive properties are ascribed. Above all, it should have positive effects on joints and muscles in general. This is with the blood circulation-promoting effect and their high content of Vitamins justified, also should Marmot fat as a natural substitute for Cortisone Act.

According to this, patients also report an improvement in the symptoms caused by a heel spur when using Marmot fat ointment on the skin. However, it should be emphasized that this home remedy has an effect on pain Heel spurs is by no means scientifically proven and is rather questionable.

Other alternative treatments

Were therapy methods like that Wearing insoles, drug pain therapy or other classic therapy methods are unsuccessful, a number of other treatment options apart from surgery are available.

In addition to treating malignant Tumor diseases X-rays are also used in much lower doses for inflammatory soft tissue and degenerative joint diseases such as osteoarthritis. In addition, a few years ago it was found to be effective in heel spur patients. According to this study, the response rate was very high at 70 to 100 percent, although the actual effectiveness of radiotherapy on heel spurs has not yet been conclusively clarified.

Another option is the acupuncture Since 2007 this has been used as part of the treatment of chronic pain Lumbar spine and at Osteoarthritis of the knee covered by the statutory health insurance. However, as part of the overall pain therapy concept for heel spurs, it has to be taken over by yourself. Not yet proven to be effective in heel spur patients, there is still the possibility of a pain-relieving effect.

At the Medi-taping, which is from Kinesio taping dissipates, stretchable kinesio tape made of acrylic is applied to the skin. This is for the purpose of that Blood circulation of the skin and at the same time have a relieving effect on the musculoskeletal system (especially joints). An effect on heel spurs, as well as in general, is still controversial.

There are also some other alternative treatment methods, which are mostly aimed at promoting blood flow to the inflamed area and thus strengthening the healing process. These include laser treatment, electrical stimulation therapy or magnet therapy.