Heel or Bone Spurs

heel or bone spurs

Heel or Bone Spurs

A bone spur is a pointed growth on a bone and can form on many parts of the body: hands, shoulders, neck, spine, hips, knees, and most commonly in the feet (heel).  Extreme stress and strain on the heel bone and soft tissues are the main causes of heel spurs.  The stress results in inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament on the bottom of the foot to the heel bone.  This condition is known as plantar fasciitis.  If it is not relieved, the repeated pulling of the ligament aggravates the heel bone and eventually the body, in an attempt to protect itself, forms a bone spur.  The most common sign of a bone spur is severe pain with the first step in the morning and after periods of inactivity.  It is usually a pain that later tuns into a dull ache. 

Bone spurs can be caused by, or be associated with physical injury, obesity, gout, lupus, muscle inflammation, nerve problems (such as tarsal tunnel syndrome), strain of the plantar arch, or excessive exercise, standing, or walking.

Heel spurs are also common in people who have alkalosis, arthritis, neuritis, or tendinitis.  A bone spur may be caused by calcium deposits in unwanted areas of the body.  Most people who have heel disorders are middle-aged or overweight.  Shoes that are uncomfortable, fit poorly, or lack cushioning for the heel may contribute to the pain.
X-rays may reveal a bony spur within the heel.  The presence of this may lead to the formation tiny tumors at the end of several nerves, and these may be very painful.
More than 90% of people get better with nonsurgical treatment.  Many clinics and practitioners utilize treatments such as Electromedicine or Electroanalgesics, Laser Therapy and specific nutrition to support the bodies natural healing process. If you are suffering or know someone that is, look for nonsurgical or noninvasive treatments in your area or visit our Provider List. If conservative treatment fails to treat the symptoms of heel spurs, surgery may be necessary to relieve pain and restore mobility. Avoid wearing shoes with excessive wear on the heels and soles. If you are overweight, losing weight may also help prevent heel spurs.  

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