Everything You Need to Know About Heel Spurs
What are Heel Spurs?
If you are suffering with heel pain, you may be wondering what are heel spurs and what are the best shoes for heel spurs. Heel spurs are solid bone formations that occur when there is increased pressure underfoot. They are found between the heel and arch of the foot and can be painless. It is estimated that 1 in 10 people can experience a heel spur without even realising it!
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Over time, heel spurs can cause sharp pain in the heel of the foot. This is due to the form of calcium deposits on the underside of the foot, and can become worse if your foot is under repeated stress and pressure. Everyday activities such as walking, running and being on your feet all day can increase the formation of a heel spur.
What are the Best Shoes for Heel Spurs?
Looking for shoes for heel spur support? All Sole Bliss shoes are suitable for heel spurs. The first key feature you should look for when purchasing women's shoes for heel spurs is a thick cushioned sole with shock absorbency.
Sole Bliss shoes for heel spurs feature our Award-Winning 3 Layer Memory-Foam Cushioned sole unit which provides a contoured footbed to give you custom support and high-performance shock absorption to protect the ball and heel of your foot. An added layer of memory foam cushioning offers ultimate softness and comfort, ensuring these are the best shoes for heel spurs and heel pain.
Finding the right fit when looking for shoes for heel spurs is essential. You should opt for a style that offers a roomy toe box but will still provide stability and support for the rest of the foot. All Sole Bliss shoes for heel spurs are made with a wide and deep toe box and are made with a high-quality Italian leather which provides a stable and supportive upper.
To prevent your heel spurs from becoming aggravated we would recommend trying a style that also features a lightweight and flexible sole. Styles like our Ballet Flats for heel spurs are made with the 3 Layers of Memory-Foam Cushioning underfoot but also offer a thinner sole to provide extra softness and flexibility in the front of the shoe where your feet will naturally bend.
If you suffer with a heel spur but also find you need added arch support to provide more stability and comfort, we would recommend trying shoes that offer an elevated heel. Most Sole Bliss shoes for heel spurs will feature our Anti-Pronating Arch Support device in them. This offers more arch support for flat shoes and also heels - So you can still dress up in glam heels even if you have heel spurs! We have sandals for heel spurs, heels for heel spurs and plenty more dressy options.
Looking for the best shoes for heel spurs, you should also take into account the back of the heel of the shoe. All Sole Bliss shoes for heel spurs offer a deep fit with added support around the back of the heel. This is called a heel counter and can provide a lot of extra support for heel spurs. Say goodbye to the pain of bone spurs on your heel!
All Sole Bliss shoes for heel spurs feature our anatomically contoured and cushioned footbed. This is so that your feet are protected from the pain caused by heel spurs. Our podiatrist-approved ergonomic insole ensures your feet are well supported and cushioned for all day wear.
ABFAS Board Certified Foot Surgeon Dr. Brad Schaeffer says: "I highly recommend Sole Bliss shoes. They are very comfortable and can help with heel pain. Their shoes have stability, cushioning and support, and they are fashionable too!"
What Causes Heel Spurs?
The most common cause of heel spurs is due to long-term ligament and muscle strain. Ignoring early signs of heel pain can often result in heel spurs forming. They can also be found in relation to plantar fasciitis, which causes more pain, whereas heel spurs on their own are usually painless.
Other factors like ill-fitting or worn-out shoes can also lead to a heel spur forming. If you do not have enough padding or the soles of your shoes have been worn down, this can often create more tension and strain in your heel, resulting in heel spurs.
What are the Symptoms of Heel Spurs?
Heel spurs are often painless and unnoticeable so it is very difficult to tell whether you have a heel spur or not. The most common symptom of knowing you have a heel spur is if you can feel a sharp, stabbing like pain in the heel of your foot.
Not to be mistaken with the burning sensation you can get from plantar fasciitis (click here to view our best shoes for plantar fasciitis or learn more about plantar fasciitis in general). To find out if you have a heel spur if you are experiencing pain in your foot, it is best to see a medical specialist who can take an x-ray of your foot, as heel spurs are very similar to other common heel pains and problems.
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How to Relieve Heel Spur Pain?
To relieve pain caused from heel spurs, it is best to talk to your doctor about which method may work best for you, but we do have some at home treatments that may also work, other than wearing comfortable and supportive shoes for heel spurs.
Using a cold compress like an ice pack for up to 10-15 minutes can often relieve pain by numbing the area. Physical therapy may also work, such as practising foot exercises and stretches. Heel spur exercises consist of stretching the heel and plantar fascia muscles.
If you suffer with intense pain from heel spurs, it may be best to discuss medication or surgery with your doctor. Painkillers like ibuprofen will work to relive pain caused by heel spurs, however if this does not suffice, you may have to speak to your doctor about surgery or corticosteroid shots. However, we know the best thing for heel spurs is to consistently rest your foot and keep elevated if you are experiencing pain.
Best Sneakers for Heel Spurs
Looking for comfortable sneakers for heel spurs? All Sole Bliss Miracle Sneakers are suitable for heel spurs. The Miracle Sneaker features 3 layers of memory foam cushioning which offer shock absorbency, custom cushioning and support.
It is extremely important to find a style that offers enough room in the toe box to ensure your foot isn’t cramped, and to also have enough support in the sole to keep your heel protected from any strain or tension. Sole Bliss sneakers for heel spurs have a deep and wide toe-box with extra volume to accommodate your foot shape and remove any possible pressure.
Best Boots for Heel Spurs
Boots are a great option to go for if you suffer with heel spurs. All our boots also feature our 3-layer memory foam cushioned sole unit and also provide a wide and deep toe box. They are handcrafted in Italy from the finest leathers and suedes, and offer luxurious comfort together with fashion-led styling. Cute shoes for heel spurs do exist!
It is important to try a style that has support around the ankle and offers a more flexible sole. All Sole Bliss boots are made with high quality Italian leather which is soft enough for comfort however offers more support than most faux leather boots.
Best Flats for Heel Spurs
When choosing flat shoes for heel spurs we would recommend a style that offers a structured back and arch support. All Sole Bliss closed back flats offer our anti-pronating arch support device which prevents the heel from protruding inwards when walking. They will also offer extra support to relieve pressure from the heel and ball of your foot.
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Best Sandals for Heel Spurs
Looking for the best sandals for heel spurs, you should take into consideration how much support the sandals offer. For example, a pair of flip-flops are not suitable for heel spurs as they lack a lot of support and cushioning in the sole unit.
Sole Bliss sandals for heel spurs all feature a structured sole with 3 layers of memory foam cushioning to help support the heel and ball of your foot. When choosing sandals for heel spurs you should find a style that offers a supportive upper and a soft cushioned sole unit.
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Best Work Shoes for Heel Spurs
Heel spurs are often painless however working on your feet all day can often increase pressure and pain in your foot. When looking for the best working shoes for heel spurs, ultimate comfort and support is key!
All working shoes for heel spurs should offer a deep and wide toe box, extra cushioning and a supportive upper and sole. Sole Bliss shoes for heel spurs feature our innovative, podiatrist-approved Comfort Technology to keep your feet comfortable all throughout the working day.
For comfortable work shoes for heel spurs, we love the Terri Loafer, available in several colors.
Best Heels for Heel Spurs
High heels often are not the best shoes to wear frequently when dealing with foot problems like heel spurs, however Sole Bliss have the best heels for heel spurs that you need! All Sole Bliss heels offer shock absorbency to protect the ball and heel of your foot, whilst also being super cushioned and comfortable to make wearing heels comfortable, regardless of your heel spurs. Our heels are podiatrist recommended shoes too!
We would never recommend any heels that are too high as this can often create more pressure under the foot. When looking for a heeled shoe to help heel spurs we would recommend any style that is roughly 8cm or lower.
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Can Shoes Help Heel Spurs?
Finding the right shoes for you can help relieve the pressure and pain that heel spurs can cause. Finding a heel spur shoe that offers an extra cushioned sole, ideally with shock absorbency and a structured upper, should help ease the pain and pressure that heel spurs can cause.
All Sole Bliss shoes feature 3 Layers of Memory Foam cushioning in the sole unit which provides shock absorbency, perfect to relieve the pressure that heel spurs and other foot problems cause.
Is My Pain From Heel Spurs or Plantar Fasciitis?
It is extremely common for people who suffer with heel spurs to often mistake it for plantar fasciitis. There are however some key things to look out for when you find yourself experiencing some sort of heel pain. Plantar Fasciitis often creates an intense, sharp pain that runs through the whole length of the foot. This is caused by inflammation of the plantar fascia.
Heel Spurs are often painless, however if there is repeated pressure and stress you can start to form a more painful heel spur. This is when calcium deposits develop on the underside of the heel bone. This can create a more shooting pain in the heel area.
So now you know everything about heel spurs! Which shoes will you be trying?