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Help! I have heel spurs

What is heel spurs? And what causes heel spurs? People with heel spurs have pain at the bottom of their heel. They can often pinpoint exactly where it hurts. Many people describe the pain of heel spurs as a knife or pin sticking into the soles of the feet, which feels sore later on. The most common cause is feeling overloaded and exhausted due to standing too much, walking for too long, or exercising intensively; many runners know this complaint. Obesity, incorrect posture, or bad shoes can also play a role.

Heel spurs

What do you feel when you have heel spurs?

The result is that the tension of the tendon, which runs from the toes to the heel, becomes too big. Calcium deposits then occur when the tendon attaches to the heel bone, causing a thorny projection to grow. Many people have visible heel spurs on X-rays, but no complaints. Usually, the pain only develops when the surrounding tissue becomes irritated or inflamed. This can be very painful, for example in the morning when you get up, after sitting for a while, when walking and while driving.

The cause of plantar fasciitis

People with plantar fasciitis can often pinpoint the exact spot where it hurts, but the entire bottom of the heel can also feel tender. There are various factors that can contribute to the development of plantar fasciitis. Overuse is usually the cause, such as standing for too long, walking too much, or engaging in intensive sports; many runners experience this condition. Additionally, factors like overweight, poor posture, or improper footwear can play a role.

Advice for people with heel spurs

The best remedy is to avoid overload and to wear good shoes with preferably cushioning at the heel. This reduces the pain and at the same time, the tension on the tendon in question decreases. We would highly recommend the comfortable Wolky shoes from the Roll Moc, UP2 or W-Next series. These shoes have a springy outsole and a strongly shock-absorbing footbed, which ensures an optimal distribution of the body weight. The leather-covered footbed is even removable! This means that you can easily exchange it for a special loose insole in case of serious complaints. An insole that is not only shock-absorbing at the heel, but also has an insert of a super soft high-tech material at the place of the pain. Prefer a stylish sneaker? Take a look at the Bounce. With its cushioned sole, it’s a top shoe for women with plantar fasciitis. Want to know all about the best features of the Bounce? Take a look at this Bounce video and find out all the best things! If you need any more advice then we are happy to help you further in the store.

Good shoes for heel spurs

These Wolky shoes are suitable for those dealing with heel spur issues. They provide shock absorption, flexibility, and feature a resilient outsole.

Tips on heel spurs

  • Avoid stiff shoes with a hard outsole.
  • In case of persistent complaints, go to a doctor, or to a registered podiatrist. 
  • Pain while driving? If you have cruise control, turn it on as much as possible.
  • You can temporarily relieve the pain by cooling your heel with ice cubes.
  • Read more about shoes with good cushioning

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