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Heel Pain

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Heel spurs – Are caused by a calcium deposit resulting in a bony protrusion often associated with plantarfascitis

There are 26 bones in the foot. 52 in both feet. In the entire body there are just over 200 bones. So 1/3 of the bones are in your feet. That’s a lot of joints ligaments and muscles down there to support this intricate structure

Foot biomechanics function and movement are crucial for healthy hips and everything else that sits on top of them. Because everything is connected

How do you know if you have a heel spur?

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Swelling
  • Sharp knife like pain in the foot first thing in the morning
  • A visible or palpable bump
  • Sharp pain that becomes dull as the day goes on

What causes a heel spur?

  • Abnormal foot movement, joint restrictions and muscle weakness
  • Poor fitting shoes
  • Overweight
  • Abnormal walking patterns

What’s the difference between a heel spur and plantarfasciitis?

The spur is a calcium deposit

Plantarfascitis is irritation of the spiderlike connective tissue at the bottom of the foot. Tends not to as localized as a spur. Will be likely to spread up the foot, into the aches and just underneath the toes. Both conditions can be present at once.

The plantarfascia is designed to be a shock absorber for the high amount of stress put on your feet, most of the time a heel spur will develop with the stress and strain placed apon the area.

Many people have heel spurs without plantar fasciitis or heel pain, but it’s rare to find someone with plantar fasciitis who does not have a heel spur.

How do we fix heel spurs?

Control inflammation and pain

Improve footwear choices

Assess the movement of the joints of the foot

Improve the health and strength of the foot muscles and soft tissue

Improve hip and knee function to help the foot