Ayurvedic Treatments for Calcaneal spur

Ayurvedic Treatments for Calcaneal spur
Calcaneal spur is a calcium deposit causing a bony protrusion on the underside of the heel bone. Heel spurs can be located at the back of the heel or under the heel or beneath the sole of the foot. Without visible X-ray evidence, the condition is known as “heel spur syndrome.”

Causes of calcaneal spur

  • Strain on the foot muscles and ligaments.
  • Repeated tearing of membrane that covers heel bone.
  • Excess calcium deposit on the underside of heel bone.
  • Inflammation of the soft tissue beneath the spur.
  • Running and jogging especially on hard surfaces.
  • Excess weight and obesity.
  • Poorly fitted or badly worn shoes (high heeled).
  • Increasing age, this decreases plantar fasciitis flexibility and thins the heel’s protective fat pad.


  • Pain in the region surrounding the spur.
  • Pain increase after prolonged periods of rest. (Waking up in the morning).
  • Patient may not be able to bear weight on affected heel comfortable.

In Ayurveda Vathakandakam (calcaneal spur) is explained as the improper placing of feet on ground while walking or exhaustion on the muscles in the region of the heels. Investigations to rule out calcaneal spur

Treatment principles of Vathakandakam

  • Vatha-Kabhahara Chikitsa
  • Vatha Raktha chikitsa
  • Rujakara marma chikitsa
  • Vatha Kantaka chikitsa
  • Internal medication
  • External treatments including Abhyangam, Upanaham, Agnikarmam, lepam etc.
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