Posted by Geoff (Neptune, NJ) on 01/05/2009
Heel Spur Remedy (Cold water/Hot water, Tennis Ball)
I found many of the suggestions quite helpful and ended up combining a number of treatments which had immediate results.
Although my foot did not seem as bad off as some others, it was still impacting my mobility and posture forcing me to walk on the outside of my foot. I was schedule to see a doctor tomorrow and feel as if the treatment has eliminated the need to see the podiatrist. After reading many of the "Standards of Care" remedies used by doctors, they did not sound very helpful. They sounded expensive and invasive...
One tub of very cold water about 3 inches deep. Non chlorinated.
One tub of very hot water with a half cup of epson salt about 3 inches deep. Non chlorinated.
First start by placing the foot in the cold water and leave submerged for about 5-10 minutes or as long as one can stand the extreme cold. Then placing the foot directly into the hot water.
This was repeated twice by replacing the water over a 30 minute period.
Then a tennis ball was used for about 20 minutes under the arch of the foot.
Using a combination of fast rolling and pressing the ball motions, the objective was to compress the ball as much as possible and apply pressure to the back of the arch near the heel.
I intend on following through for several days with this treatment to make sure that the heel is back to normal.