Where do legs grow from?
Heel spur, or plantar fasciitis, is a disease that is associated with inflammation of the muscles, ligaments, and tendons in the heel area. Slowly but surely, the inflammatory process leads to the appearance of growths on the calcaneus. When walking, they deliver quite excruciating pain.
Any bone ridges, processes, protrusions, as a rule, grow in those places where the tendon pulls the bone. That is, every unevenness on the bone, including the heel spur, is a place of muscle traction. There is such an anatomical structure – plantar aponeurosis. This is the name of the dense tendon, which is stretched from the calcaneus to the heads of the metatarsal bones. Its role is to hold the arch of the foot.
When the feet experience the wrong load, the aponeurosis pulls too hard on the bone where it attaches to it. Over time, growths appear in this very place, which are called heel spurs. Their size can vary from 3 to 12 mm. Imagine the trouble they can cause.
The risk group is people who experience a constant load on their legs. And, of course, such provoking factors as uncomfortable shoes, flat feet, and excess weight also play their role.
Feet take a hit
We have already found out that the key factor in the formation of heel spurs is the wrong load on the feet.
Since our body is an indivisible whole, all organs in it are interconnected. And when a person’s body is unbalanced (due to birth and acquired injuries, in the case of a heel spur – primarily a coccyx injury), this necessarily affects the feet. Most often, they are deformed to support the body. The feet take the impact as the final link and carry not only the entire body, but also the entire load associated with curvatures and deformations.
When a person receives a birth injury, the bones of the skull are displaced, in particular, the occipital is displaced. Because of this, all the vertebrae unfold along the chain: from the first cervical and further down, then the femurs, shins and feet unfold. Acquired trauma exacerbates the deformity. Therefore, I always urge to begin the treatment of flat feet and heel spurs not with orthopedic insoles, but with the elimination of the root cause – the displacement of the bones of the base of the skull.
How to treat a heel spur?
Physiotherapy is usually used to eliminate fasciitis, if it does not help, then surgery follows. However, these measures do not address the root cause, so they are not 100% effective and may even make the pain worse.
The first step should be aimed at eliminating the consequences of birth trauma. The patient comes to the osteopath and lines up the whole body so that the plantar aponeurosis receives a uniform load. This is what allows, firstly, to reduce pain, and secondly, the growths begin to gradually dissolve due to a decrease in the traction of the tendons of the sole.
How to help feet at home?
First, wear comfortable shoes. Leather, well-fitting on the leg. If you have flat feet, valgus (bone), then you should not hope for a cure by buying yourself orthopedic insoles – go to an osteopath! Also, save your legs from excessive stress. If you are on your feet all day, wearing uncomfortable shoes, overweight and have metabolic problems, you should think about changing your lifestyle.
Do stretching and foot development exercises daily.
Walk on all parts of the foot: on the toes, heels, inside and outside of the feet. Important: when walking on toes, bend your knees slightly to ease the load.
Take a simple smooth rolling pin (you can use the one that rolls out the dough), put it on the floor and “roll” each foot. If pain occurs, work these places longer and more carefully.
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