If you have a heel spur that is making every step you take almost unbearable, you may wonder if there is anything you can do to help ease your discomfort. If so, use the following three-step home treatment for naturally relieving your heel pain using supplies and ingredients you may already have or can find in a department store.
Step 1: Soak Your Foot In Epsom Salts
In this first step, you will be soaking your foot in warm water containing Epsom salts. The magnesium sulfate in the salts helps to reduce inflammation and swelling. You will also need a container large enough to put your foot flat on the bottom.
Fill the container with hot water, then add a cup of Epsom salts. Let the water cool for five minutes while the salts melt. Then, soak your foot in the water for about 10 to 15 minutes. After patting your foot dry, go on to the next step.
Step 2: Massage Your Heel With Lavender And Olive Oils
After soaking your foot, the next step involves massaging your heel with a homemade oil made from lavender and olive oils. The olive oil serves as a carrier oil, but it also helps moisturize and soothe your heel's skin.
The lavender oil reduces inflammation and relieves pain in the muscles and connective tissue around the heel spur. The aromatic fragrance that is often used in aromatherapy can also relax and destress you, something you may need after experiencing the pain.
In the palm of your hand, pour in one-half teaspoon of olive oil and three to four drops of lavender oil. Rub your hands together to mix, then gently massage the oil into your heel.
Step 3: Roll Out Your Heel On A Tennis Ball
After you have reduced the swelling and inflammation caused by the bone spur, roll out your heel on a tennis ball. Rolling your heel on the ball gives you some deep tissue massage. This type of massage increases blood flow to the area and helps stimulate healing around the spur.
Sitting in a chair, place the tennis ball under your foot. Put slight pressure on the ball, and slowly extend your leg until the ball is under the back of your heel. Then, pull you leg back in, repeating the motions several times. If you experience an increase in pain, either reduce the pressure or stop completely.
Using the above treatment once or twice a day can give you some relief from your heel spur. However, if you notice that your symptoms are getting worse, you may want to make an appointment with your podiatrist to discuss further treatment options for your heel spur symptoms.