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What natural cures are there for heel spurs?

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Natural cures for heel spurs include shoe inserts, weight loss, stretching and splints. Heel spurs generally do not respond well to excessive rest, as rest causes the plantar fascia to tighten, according to WebMD.

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Sometimes heel spurs are caused by ill-fitting shoes or from an awkward gait. Therefore, a natural remedy for heel spurs are well-cushioned shoes. Those who have high arches or flat feet are also more likely to suffer from heel spurs as this puts extra strain on the heel. A podiatrist can prescribe custom orthodontics to further cushion the foot, says WebMD.

Excess weight also puts extra strain on the feet and plantar fascia, which is why weight loss also can help relieve and cure heel spurs. Those with tight calf muscles also often suffer from this condition, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, and the organization suggests daily calf stretches.

Since the affected ligaments often tense up while sleeping, another remedy is a night splint. This keeps the foot extended so the planter fascia is stretched through the night and prevents pain from the morning's first steps, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. If nonsurgical treatments fail, cortisone injections and surgery are other options for severe heel spurs.

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