Heel spurs are often the result of the body’s response to untreated (or ineffectively treated) plantar fasciitis. When the plantar ligament is continually stretched beyond its normal threshold, microtears develop, and eventually the ligament begins to pull away from the heel bone (calcaneus). In an attempt to repair the damage, the body calcifies the detachment site, creating a small bony spur at the front of the heel bone. While this spur itself is not painful, it can cause significant heel pain when it digs into surrounding soft tissues.
The Underlying Cause
There are many conditions that may result in the development of heel spurs:
- Drastic change in activity level, as when beginning a strenuous exercise regimen without proper conditioning
- Overuse, particularly running and activities that involve a lot of jumping or lateral movements (like tennis and volleyball)
- Wearing tight-fitting high-heeled shoes
The common denominator of all these conditions—i.e., the true underlying causes of heel spurs—is excessive impact and flexibility. Absorbing and transferring the force of impact (the equivalent of twice your body weight) without rigid support of the plantar ligaments causes the microtears and eventual separation of the plantar fascia ligaments from the heel bone.
Heel Spur Pain Relief
The keys to effective heel spur pain relief treatment are impact reduction and rigid support. However, most major shoe brands take an either/or approach—either they provide moderate cushioning for shock absorption or they provide rigid support. Only Z-CoiL® Pain Relief Footwear® offers both.
Z-CoiL‘s spring system in the heel reduces impact by up to 60%, and the built-in Z-Orthotic™ provides rigid support. Together, the patented technology and innovative design keep plantar ligaments in a state of semi-rest, which promotes natural healing for lasting heel spur pain relief. The significant impact reduction also provides immediate pain relief as it cushions the heel to minimize or eliminate the painful contact between the soft tissues and bony heel spurs.
Get the Support You Need
The right shoes can address the underlying causes of heel spurs to provide effective and lasting pain relief. Find the Z-CoiL Pain Relief Footwear that fit your personal style and preferred activities and contact us to order or find a Z-CoiL distributor near you. All Z-CoiL products come with a 30-day risk-free guarantee, so you’ve got nothing to lose but your pain!
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