Before the application of heel spur treatment, your physician may ask you to undergo an x-ray examination to check if it is indeed a heel spur that is causing the pain in your foot, or if it is due to another cause. After this is well established and evaluated then your physician may recommend the following options as treatment.
The simplest form of treatment may be to elevate your foot with a heel insert or insole. It is a highly effective way of treating heel spur pain. You may apply a warm compress on it while allowing it to rest to help ease the pain through mildly dilating the blood vessels of your foot.
Another heel spur treatment which you may try is the application of a foam rubber pad inside the heel of your shoe. The pad should be about a half inch thick just enough to raise your heal slightly higher so the weight of the body will not be resting on it most of the time instead it will be shifted forward, and taken more by the ball of the foot. If this doesn't work then you may try using an adhesive tape just to turn your foot inward and thus produce similar results.
Diathermy treatment is a more complicated heel spur treatment which uses the aid of an electrical current to help sedate the inflamed tissues of your feet. It uses sound waves to massage the affected area thus improving the blood circulation of the affected foot.
Whirlpool bath treatment is another remedy proposed by some medical practitioners. Following this, patients are requested to place their foot on top of a jetting steam so as to absorb enough heat that will stimulate a more efficient blood circulation, whilst the pressure of the jet helps to get the muscle limbered up and increases blood flow further.
Acupuncture or acupressure can also be taken by patients of a heel spur if they wish to address the pain. Light massage on the foot as well as Feldenkrais method may also be tried just to hasten the proper circulation of blood on the affected area. Other alternative methods which you may use include pool running and low-gear cycling. Otherwise, if you want instant relief without sweating then you may simply take a tablet or capsule of ibuprofen to help lessen the pain.
In some instances, depending on the heel pain causes, podiatrists would simply require their patients to purchases orthopedic appliances like orthotics that are designed by foot specialists to help lessen the irritation experienced by the heel while a person is walking or standing for long periods of time.
The last common heel spur treatment approach that may be requested to you is surgery. This is only recommended if the physician diagnoses that the heel spur which is too complicated to be fixed by the other alternative treatments.