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A bone spur is a pointed growth on the bone, normally occurs in the heel. Stress and strain on the heel bone and soft tissues are the major cause of heel spurs. The stress results in inflammation of the ligament on the bottom of the foot which is called the "plantar fascia" and, it attaches the ball of the foot to the heel bone. Thus this condition is also called piantar fasciitis. If it is not treated, the continual pulling of the ligament hurts the heel bone and later on the rest of the body. The body trying to protect itself forms bone spurs. The most common indicator of a bone spur is severe pain with the first step in the morning and after being inactive for a while.. Bone spurs may be caused or related to: gout, lupus, muscle inflammation, obesity, physical injury, nerve problems (like 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 affected by calcium deposits in unwanted areas of the body and may indicate a nutritional deficiency. Most people who have heel disorders are middle aged and/or overweight. Shoes that are uncomfortable, fit poorly, or lack cushioning for the heel may contribute to the pain. X-rays can show a bony spur within the heel. The presence of these can lead to the formation of tiny tumors at the end of nerves and be very painful.

For the shoes select well made rubber heeled shoes. Choose your shoes for comfort not what looks good. If you do a lot of jogging or walking then try bicycling or swimming for part of your exercise. Avoid walking or hard surfaces like concrete, wood, or hard floors.

Steroid injections are sometimes used for treatment, but these can have major complications. Like they can cause the loss of the pad of fatty tissue on the heel bottom and this can be both painful and irreversible damage. It is best not to have a bone spur surgically removed except in very bad cases. Recovery time from these surgeries is 6 to 10 weeks.

OTHER CHANGES TO MAKE

- drink steam distilled water (6-8 glasses a day)
- avoid all alcohol
- avoid citrus fruits especially oranges
- avoid saturated fats and fried foods
- eat high fiber diet (brown rice and millet are good)
- make sure to get vitamin A, C, and E
- reduced sugar, candy, etc...
- avoid caffeine, hydrogenated oils, fried foods, meat, soft drinks
- reduce dairy products in your diet
- try riding a bike or swimming instead to too much walking or running
- fasting a few days a month (see BotanaCleanse above)
- reflexology or gentle massage can help

 
 

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