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Heel Spur - Heel Spur 2008
Written by Frank Mangano   
Tuesday, 01 April 2008 03:16


A bone spur is a pointed growth that can produce on any one of your bones but most commonly on your heel. The cause of heel spurs has not yet been proven but many professionals suggest that the strain and stress put on your bone and soft tissues of the heel from a day-to-day basis may be the cause. This type of stress results in inflammation of the plantar fascia, which is a ligament at the bottom of the foot that then attaches itself to the heel. If this pain and aggravation is not corrected immediately, the pain will persist and eventually your body will react to protect itself against this pain, therefore creating the heel spur.

The most common symptoms of a heel or bone spur is when you take your first step in the morning and experience a piercing pain through your heel and the back of your leg. This same symptom may be experienced after long periods of inactivity throughout the day. There are many different conditions that can cause the onset of bone spurs including obesity, lupus, gout, muscle inflammation and nerve problems that include tarsal tunnel syndrome. Most people who suffer from heel spurs are either overweight or middle-aged, or both.

There are several different natural alternative treatments that can be used to not only help alleviate the pain but help eliminate the calcium deposits which may be the cause of your heel or bone spur.

  • Betaine hydrochloride, which is a form of hydrochloric acid is a very important supplement required for proper calcium uptake. Many people who suffer from heel spurs also suffer from a calcium deficiency.
  • Calcium and magnesium when taken together can help create a happy balance between the two components, which in turn will help prevent the build up of calcium deposits throughout the body. These can be taken in 1,500 mg and 750 mg daily.
  • Vitamin C with bioflavonoids acts as an anti-inflammatory, which is important for the connection tissues of the body. This vitamin supplement can be taken in dosages of 2,000-4,000 mg divided throughout the day.
  • Bioflavonoids when taken 100 mg daily can help relieve some of the pain you will experience with your heel spur.
  • Stretching exercises can help relieve some of the pain for short periods of time, such as physical therapy and massages.
  • Ice massages for the bottom of your feet can help as well.
  • If walking or jogging is your main form of exercise, be sure to wear comfortable and proper footwear to cushion the heel. Other forms of exercise such as swimming an cycling should not impact the heel spur.
  • To reduce the pain and inflammation you can use the herbs bromelain, which is derived from pineapple and curcumin, which is from turmeric.
  • Since poorly fit shoes and lack of cushioning contribute to the pain, wear only high quality, comfortable footwear with rubber heels. Also consider adding heel cushions as this should help to alleviate pain.
  • You should stay away from citrus fruits like oranges, alcohol, sugars and coffee because they inhibit the healing process and disturb the body's mineral balance.
Heel and bone spurs are very common in adults today. Many times they cannot be avoided. Follow the recommendations here to relieve the pain and break down any calcium deposits by taking the natural supplements outlined above.



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