Heel spurs and bone spurs are small deposits of hard calcium that develops on your heel bone, generally near the bottom of your foot where the plantar fascia goes into the bone. The bone spurs may also form along the edge of a bone, developing where the tendons, ligaments or muscles attach to the bone.
A bone spur develops on parts of your body where there is bone rubbing against bone. A bone spur is basically your body trying to repair bone and cartilage loss by attempting to repair the worn down cartilage and bone loss by forming new bone. Bone spurs may occur from excessive stress on your foot, such as being overweight, regularly running on hard surfaces or as result of aging and conditions common with aging, such as arthritis.
Part of the thorough examination you receive may include an x-ray of your foot; this can help your doctor rule out any unusual causes of heel pain, such as a calcaneal cyst or a stress fracture. Again, your healthcare professional is the best person to decide if an x-ray is advisable.
Heal spurs and bone spurs are typically only treated if they are causing symptoms. The initial treatment is to decrease the inflammation and to help you avoid re-injury if possible. In some situations, applying cold to the affected area will help to relieve discomfort. After 1-2 weeks of rest, our NuView Health Medical team may recommend adjustments that may help to restore flexibility and strength in the affected joint. Spinal adjustments may also help to decrease the pressure on the nerves, which leads to immediate pain relief. One of our chiropractors may also recommend cortisone injections while help to relieve inflammation and swelling. Your chiropractor will help you determine the best plan of treatment for you. The chiropractor may also recommend that you wear orthotics, which will help to protect your heel area.
If you are experiencing symptoms of bone spur, which often include pain, tingling tenderness and/or numbness and weakness in your foot, it is important to keep in mind that not all bone spurs cause pain and discomfort. In some situations, a bone spur is detected by X-rays.
If you have questions or concerns about heel spurs and bone spurs, contact NuView Health Medical to schedule a consultation.
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