The heel spur is a bone growth that points to the arch of the foot at the bottom of the heel, Uzm. Dr. Berin Akpiner says that while some people with heel spurs are not even aware of the existence of the disease, others experience intense pain that increases with each step. Noting that there are different methods of treating the disease, Akpiner says that one of them is the treatment of cold application.
“Comfortable and appropriate shoes reduce stress on the heel”
Emphasizing that the cold application method has a great effect on heel tissue relief, Akpiner said, “Gel cold packs used as a result of freezing in the fridge reduce pain. Also, the method by which liquid nitrogen, called cryotherapy, is applied by cooling the air to a very low degree, can both reduce pain and alleviate inflammation, which means that this treatment has a relaxing effect as well. Effect
Referring to shoe changes and orthoses is another treatment method, Akpiner gives the following information about the content of this treatment:
“Comfortable and appropriate shoes reduce the pressure on the heel. The back of the shoe that grips the heel should support the ankle firmly. When the foot is bent, the shoe should be folded slowly with some resistance. If the ankle part of the shoe is slightly elevated, applying a little pressure can relieve the pain from the ankle. A set of orthoses placed inside the shoe can also be used. These orthoses provide extra heel support to prevent puck rolling and are designed specifically for patients. “
“Turning a cold glass bottle towards the ankle reduces pain”
Noting that the treatment of heel spurs is also one of the methods used in medicine, Akpiner noted that the drugs help to relieve heel pain and reduce inflammation in the tissues and prevent future damage. Emphasizing the importance of exercise, Akpiner said, “Exercises to stretch the calf and surrounding muscles and plantar fascia help reduce strain and reduce the pressure of the heel spurs.”
“Also, rolling a cold glass bottle, especially in a sitting position, on the soles of the feet, from the tip of the toes to the ankles, which will relieve plantar fascia, is also an effective exercise method to reduce pain and support healing.”
“Easy to relieve ankle pain with this device known as robotic laser”
The treatment methods used in Acpinar Hill Spurs are listed below:
“This device, also known as a robotic laser, has become much easier to relieve ankle pain by scanning the plantar fascia in calf muscles and ankle parts. Thus, 90-95% of heel spurs and plantar fasciitis can be treated. Shock wave therapy is a treatment method that carries high energy, including sound waves, to the painful points of the muscular system in acute and chronic conditions. It relieves pain and suppresses chronic inflammation, initiating the regenerative process and showing its effects on the heel spurs. Cortisone injection will not cure heel spurs. However, it can be helpful in reducing the acute pain caused by thorns. PRP (Platelet Rich Plasma) is a procedure made from one’s own blood. When the causes of this growth are injected into the ankle, they support the body’s own healing process and help repair damaged plantar fascia or heel bone. Kinesiotepping is a rehabilitative tapping technique that supports muscles and joints while supporting the body’s normal healing process. It appears to be a treatment that supports the healing process by reducing inflammation and relaxing the muscles of the heel spurs. “
Surgery at the last stage
Noting that surgical procedures are used as a last resort if all of these treatments fail, Akpiner emphasized that surgical procedures can remove the ankle spine and loosen the plantar fascia. Finally, Akpiner said, “There is a risk of recurrence of heel spurs after surgery. Considering complications such as nerve damage, this is the last resort to consider.