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Heel pain

Relieving heel pain with homoeopathy

Heel pain refers to any kind of pain that is felt at the heel. This pain is also known as calcaneal spur or heel spur and is generally caused by excessive traction on the plantar fascia of the heel. This action usually leads to a strong inflammatory reaction. Heel pain mostly affects overweight individuals, especially after an excessive solicitation of the heel or after wearing shoes that are too hard or of which the heel is too thin. However, heel pain may also have a traumatic origin. In this case, it is called Albert’s disease, anterior Achilles bursitis or Sever’s disease. This disease can have several consequences and may, over the long term, lead to the afflicted heel’s temporary inability to bear weight. Nonetheless, medical treatments are available to treat this disease. Among these treatments, homoeopathic remedies are a simple and effective solution.

Symptoms of heel pain

In most cases of heel pain, the disease is preceded by severe pain in the heel. The pain usually manifests itself in the early morning since they can affect the patient during the seconds following the point of awakening.  The first step out of bed will help the patient determine the exact nature of the disease because if the patient feels pain in the supporting foot, it could be an indication of spondylitis. A slight alleviation of pain may occur at any time of day or the pain may alternate between the two heels.
As for Achilles tendon bursitis, it is manifested by feelings of discomfort when the affected person puts his or her foot down or when he or she is wearing shoes. Finally, regarding Sever’s disease, know that the pain is accompanied by red-coloured swelling that appears on the upper part of the heel.

Homoeopathic treatment of heel pain

In addition to the numerous precautions that must be observed during the treatment of heel pain, one may also resort tointakes of Herla Lava, as they help speed up recovery. It is a readily available product of which the recommended dosage consists of 2 daily intakes in 3-CH or 4-CH dilution, and of which the use should be continued until the total disappearance of pain. This remedy is most effective in low dilution and is particularly prescribed in case of calcaneal spur. Medorrhinum is also a recommended remedy for relieving heel pain. It works well for pain that is exacerbated to the touch, by moisture, and by energetic friction. Moreover, it is also well-suited in case of tendency to stiffness and joint deformity. Regarding the dosage, there are two available options, including a dose of Medorrhinum 9 CH taken in combination with a dose of Medorrhinum 30 CH during three consecutive days. Another alternative consist of taking a dose of Medorrhinum 15 CH or of Medorrhinum 30 CH every fortnight.

When should you consult a doctor?

It is required to consult a doctor if the pain starts to spread to the back of the leg and shows no sign of improvement.  Depending on the severity of the inflammation, this health professional may then suggest treatment requiring the use of physical agents such as ultrasounds, electro analgesia, physical therapy or cryotherapy. Surgery is only used as a last resort after a year of treatment has gone by without noticeable improvement.

Treatments and pathologies linked to “heel pain”

Associated treatments

  • Kalium Bichromicum

Associated pathologies

  • Tendinitis

Good to know: Pain resulting from heel pain is easily relieved by intakes of homoeopathic remedies. If heel pain is managed with homoeopathic remedies from the onset of the first symptoms, joint and ankle deformations may be subsequently avoided.

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