Heel spurs are not a diagnosis by itself. A trained physician identifies them on x-ray. It’s the location of the heel spur that determines the actual diagnosis. When the location of the heel spur is in the back of the heel, the diagnosis is Achilles tendonitis. When the location of the heel spur is on the bottom of the heel, it’s called plantar fasciitis. Most commonly, the heel spur is on the bottom of the heel, plantar fasciiitis.
The pain of heel spur can be so great that it takes a man down for the count, so to speak. Even men who are trained to withstand pain such as those in the military, fighters, and athletes could feel so much pain with a heel spur, such as in plantar fasciitis, that the pain brings them to tears. It may be that bad.
The big question you want to ask yourself is how to relieve the pain. Surely you could go get a cortisone injection that will help temporarily, but what will you do later when the pain returns? How can you still walk without such excruciating pain? The answer is to get an aid that can relieve the pressure put on the heel from every step – an orthotic. One of the orthotics created for relief of heel spur pain is a Pedag Point Heel Spur Insert.
When you open the package, you’ll see that the Pedag Point Heel Spur inserts are donut looking inserts that should be placed right under the point of maximum pain on the heel. Ideally, the point of the heel spur will be inside the donut hole. This takes the pressure off the heel spur itself, giving it room so that you aren’t walking directly on it.