Cures for heel spur pain include surgery, certain exercises, moderate walking and using over-the-counter medications, according to WebMD. The patient may feel pain when walking after a night's sleep, but the pain should reduce with extra walking. Conservative treatment is necessary for heel pain that lasts for a month.
Walking or resting for long periods may aggravate heel spur pain, explains WebMD. Binding the affected area with a bandage, doing stretches or physical therapies as well as using orthotic devices or shoe inserts may aid in alleviating heel spur pain. Aleve, Tylenol and Advil are drugs that may help in reducing symptoms of the problem, states WebMD. Corticosteroid injection may alleviate inflammation.
Surgery may be necessary for a heel pain that lasts for than nine months and may include the removal of spur or plantar fascia, notes WebMD. After surgery, the patient can compress, rest, raise and apply ice to the foot. The patient may use crutches, surgical shoes, casts or splints to aid in fast relief after surgery. Side effects of a surgical treatment include foot cramps, tendinitis, fracture and stability difficulties. Other problems include permanent numbness of the foot, repetitive pain and scarring.
The patient should wear shoes that fit properly to minimize the pain, advises WebMD. To prevent heel pain, a person should undertake weightloss activities if overweight; warm up before exercise; wear correct shoes for each activity; and measure intensity of activities.