Heel Spur Inserts
Heel spurs are a painful condition that can affect anyone. One cause of heel spurs can be poor fitting shoes that do not provide the correct amount of support or structure. Read below to find out if you should try shoe inserts for heel spurs.
What are heel spurs?
Heel spurs are calcium deposits on the bottom of the heel bone and they can feel like a nail poking into your heel. There are a number of factors that can contribute to straining of the muscles and ligaments in the foot, which is the chief cause of heel spurs. The main factors are excess weight, poor fitting shoes, overuse (often seen in athletes), and gait abnormalities.
What are symptoms of a heel spur?
Heel spur symptoms include heat radiating from the heel, a shooting pain when standing up and a dull ache throughout the day, inflammation in the ball of the foot, and a visible protrusion at the heel.
For Heel Spurs We Recommend:
The M-Series offers the greatest degree of cushion and arch support which can help redistribute pressure throughout the day. It is ideal for daily wear in regular volume shoes such as work boots, athletic trainers, and walking shoes. The M-Series incorporates Protalus's patented alignment technology to provide the structure and comfort you need.
Designed for athletic shoes & work boots with a removable insole.
Designed for athletic shoes & work boots with a non-removable insole.
How to treat a heel spur
There are a number of non-surgical interventions your doctor may recommend, so it is important to get to the doctor at the first sign of heel spur pain. You may be recommended shoe insoles, be treated with a corticosteroid injection, or see a physical therapist for a stretching routine.
How can heel spur inserts help?
It has been shown 1 that inserts that redistribute the pressure on the foot, such as Protalus inserts, have had great success in alleviating heel spur pain. The reduction of pressure on the heel reduces the discomfort that is associated with the spur.
What are the best inserts for heel spurs?
Insoles that absorb shock, redistribute pressure, and provide cushioning will be important when choosing a heel spur insert. You may already be using plantar fasciitis inserts because heel spurs and plantar fasciitis often occur together. If you are unsure which insole to use, you can find out by answering a few easy questions on the Insole Finder.
1. Wibowo, D. B., Widodo, A., Haryadi, G. D., Caesarendra, W., & Harahap, R. (2019). Effect of In-Shoe Foot Orthosis Contours on Heel Pain Due to Calcaneal Spurs. Applied Sciences, 9(3), 495. doi:10.3390/app9030495
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