Natural Remedies for Bone Spurs: A real pain in the foot.
Let’s face it. Our feet take a beating in this face-paced world. Whether we spend most of the day standing or walking or even if we over-exercise, subjecting our feet to repeated stress, we’re bound to have occasional foot discomfort. The thing is, if we continue to over-stress our already aching feet, what began as a bit of soreness can develop into a condition known as plantar fasciitis, which, if we don’t finally give our feet a rest, can then develop into a bone spur.
A bone spur is exactly as it sounds: a pointed growth on a bone in the foot, many times occurring on the heel. And, as I said above, this tends to begin as plantar fasciitis – inflammation of the ligament that attaches the ball of the foot to the heel bone. If the stress to the foot continues in spite of this inflammation, the body actually defends itself from the constant pulling of the ligament by forming a bone spur!
What does a bone spur feel like?
Typically the most common sign of a bone spur is severe pain with the first step you take in the morning and after being inactive for awhile. In addition to being a result of repeated foot stress, if you’ve had an injury to the area, if you are overweight, have gout, lupus or nerve problems, your chance of developing a bone spur increases.
A few simple ways to help relieve the pain of a bone spur.
A few somewhat easy adjustments that you can make to ease the inflammation are to choose more comfortable, loose-fitting shoes, preferably with rubber heals rather than leather or wood. Also, if you tend to walk or run for exercise, switch that out for biking or swimming. Massaging the bottom of the affected foot with ice may be effective as well.
There are several natural anti-inflammatories that will prove helpful – curcumin and bromelain are two that come to mind. Also, Vitamin C with bioflavonoids – about 3,000 mg daily (three 1000 mg pills, one with each meal – be sure it’s buffered so it’s easy on the stomach) is a great anti-inflammatory and helps build collagen and repair connective tissue. If the bone spur is caused by calcium deposits, balancing magnesium and calcium in your body will improve the condition. Mineral imbalances like this are common due to modern diets and side effects of some prescription medication. Not sure whether you have a mineral imbalance? A Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is something to consider if you’d like to find out.
Lastly, but still very important – eliminate alcohol, sugar and coffee from your diet for awhile. These items actually inhibit healing and also wreak havoc on the mineral balance of the body.
Keep in mind that the nutrients and dietary changes recommended above will provide you with benefits whether you are dealing with a bone spur or inflammation in general. And as usual, especially if you are taking prescription medication, be sure to check with your doctor prior to adding nutritional supplements to your regimen. If you have any questions or would like further details, set up a consultation or send me an email!
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