A calcaneal spur (or heel spur) is a small osteophyte (bone spur) located on the calcaneus (heel bone), either at the back of the heel or under the sole of the heel.The spur grows from the bone and into the flesh of the foot.
When a foot bone is exposed to constant stress, calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone.
Repeated damage can cause these deposits to pile up on each other, causing a spur-shaped deformity, called a calcaneal (or heel) spur. Obese people, flat footed people, and women who constantly wear heels are most susceptible to heel spurs.
Calcaneal spurs are typically detected by a radiological examination (X-ray).They may also be visible to naked eyes.
Major symptoms consist of pain in the region surrounding the spur which typically increases in intensity after prolonged periods of rest. Patients may report heel pain to be more severe when waking up in the morning. Patients may not able to bear weight on the afflicted heel comfortably and exercise that involves running, walking or lifting heavy weight may exacerbate the issue.
Although it may take years to become a problem, once it appears, it may cause considerable suffering. Because of proximity to the tendons, the spur is a source of continuous painful aching. The sensation has been described as “a toothache in the foot.” When you place your weight on the heel, the pain can be sufficient to immobilize you.
A sharp, stabbing or dull but intense pain under or on the inside of the heel.
The pain is typically relieved during rest, but is worse after getting up again.
As a rule of thumb, it is most painful first thing in the morning.
The feet or calf muscles may feel very stiff in the morning, making walking difficult.
The pain is made worse by walking on a hard surface or carrying something heavy, such as a suitcase.
The pain can become so severe that it becomes difficult to continue your daily work.
Calcaneal spurs may cause no symptoms at all.
The pain caused by a calcaneal spur is not the result of the pressure of weight on the point of the spur, but results from inflammation around the tendons where they attach to the heel bone. You might expect the pain to increase as you walk on the spur, but actually it decreases. The pain is most severe when you start to walk after a rest. The nerves and capillaries adapt themselves to the situation as you walk. When you rest, the nerves and capillaries rest, also. Then, as you begin to move about again, extreme demands are made on the blood vessels and nerves, which will cause pain until they again adjust to the spur.
If excessive strain has been placed on the foot the day before, the pain may also be greater. A sudden strain, as might be produced by leaping or jumping, can also increase the pain. The pain might be localized at first, but continued walking and standing will soon cause the entire heel to become tender and painful.
How to take care-
Invest in suitable shoes.
The heel can be supported with a small cushioned insole inside the shoe.
Arch supports that fit inside shoes will prevent feet from pronating.
If you are overweight, losing weight can help resolve foot problems and prevent further trouble.
Always warm-up before doing any strenuous physical activity.
Homeopathic medicines are prescribed on the basis of exact case analysis
The treatment is designed to relieve inflammation and swelling at the site of the spur by prescribing proven homeopathic remedies which work specifically on the heel and prevent further enlargement of the spur and inflammation of the bony tissue and tendons. Alongside, we also recommend icing and using gel shoe-inserts which temporarily reduce the inflammation and pressure on the heel.
Homeopathy offers excellent results in Calcaneal spur.