Non-surgical treatments for heel spurs that can be performed at home include stretching exercises and taping the affected area to provide support to irritated muscles and tendons, explains WebMD. Over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medications such as ibuprofen may also help to minimize pain.
Individuals with heel spurs may also find relief by wearing comfortable shoes with cushioned heels and by inserting heel cups into the shoes to help raise the heel and minimize shock, explains Foot.com. In certain cases, custom orthotic devices may be required.
Heel spurs develop as a result of calcium deposits that occur when the plantar fascia ligament in the foot stretches away from the heel.