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Can foot spurs be treated at home?

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It is possible to treat foot spurs at home, but simple rest is usually not the best regimen. Because the pain from spurs usually results from plantar fasciitis, stretching, orthotic inserts and physical therapy can all ease the pain outside the doctor's office, according to WebMD.

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Can foot spurs be treated at home?
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Plantar fasciitis refers to inflammation of the plantar fascia, a band of tissue running from the heel to the ball of the foot that gives the ball its primary form of support. When inflammation hits, the pain often strikes after periods of rest, such as after sleeping all night or after sitting at a desk for an extended period of time. The sudden re-establishment of motion causes pain, which eases as the fascia stretches, as noted by WebMD.

Over-the-counter medicines such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen and naproxen all can help with the pain associated with heel spurs and plantar fasciitis. Wearing an orthotic device can provide support to the fascia, either as a short-term treatment until the discomfort eases or as a long-term support device. If home treatment does not work after a month, medical attention is necessary. Doctors may prescribe a corticosteroid injection, and in about one out of every 10 cases, surgery is necessary to alleviate the problem, according to WebMD.

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