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Planters Fasciitis and Bone Spurs

Updated on March 12, 2012

TREATING BONE SPURS; KILLING TWO BIRDS WITH ONE STONE

Before discussing bone spur treatment, it is better that you have a good idea about what bone spurs are, their causes and symptoms. This is essential because treatment would greatly depend on the presenting symptoms that come with your condition. By definition, bone spurs are medically referred to as osteophytes, an abnormal growth formation on a bone. It may sound complicated to understand but try to visualize your bone with another bone formation on some part of it, and this is what a bone spur looks like.

The causes of bone spurs are often believed to be a natural part of aging, or maybe this person is taking too much calcium. Nothing could be further from the truth. Osteoporosis and bone spurs are not inherent to growing older, and they are the result of not enough calcium, not too much.

What happens is that when the body doesn't have enough of the other nutrients that facilitate calcium being deposited in the bones, the calcium is left to wander around in the body; depositing anywhere it can. Not only does this contribute to osteoporosis, but this wandering calcium is left to cause painful calcium deposits all over the body; in the skin, joints, muscles and nerves, and even alongside of the bones.

The way to reverse this problem, is to add several nutrients to the diet, the main one being magnesium. Magnesium will work together with calcium to make sure it is stored in the long bones where it belongs. Not only will this reduce the occasions of bone spurs, it will reverse osteoporosis at the same time.

As osteoporosis progresses, the bones become weak and brittle. This brings about a destabilization to the skeletal system. The body's natural response is to stabilize the skeletal system, with the addition of bone spurs. For this reason, it is important to treat not only the painful spurs, but work towards reversing the osteoporosis as well, because this is what is causing the bone spurs in the first place.

Person's battling osteoporosis and bone spurs often have some degree of arthritis as well. Arthritis will contribute to a condition known as 'degenerative disk disease' that will also help to destabilize the bones. As the cartilage between the bones breaks down, the bones are allowed to come together, causing painful abrasions resulting in the spurs. By treating arthritis and osteoporosis with a specialized diet, the individual will be able to kill two birds with one stone. The diet for arthritis and osteoporosis are a little different, but they both include all natural vitamins and minerals, and will not interfere with any synthetic drugs someone might be taking now.

All in all, nobody should have to live with painful joints and bone degeneration. Understanding how the body works will be the first step towards reversing osteoporosis and arthritis, restoring your health and making the most out of your life.

WHAT ARE BONE SPURS; AND HOW CAN I CURE THEM?

Bone spurs, also known as osteophytes, are bony growths sprouting from a normal bone, causing extreme pain and discomfort when pressed against other bone and/or soft tissue.

The condition develops when the body attempts to increase the surface area of the joints, so body weight will be evenly distributed across a damaged joint. As arthritis and degenerative disk disease progress, these leave the joints unstable, so the bone spurs provide a little more stability. Because the lower back; hips; knees and feet are where the most of our body weight is supported, these are often the first places bone spurs begin to develop.

What causes bone spur?

It is believed that bone spurs often develop as a normal result of aging, but this is proven to be false. Bone spurs appear in all ages, and in all economic brackets. They result primarily from the body's inability to properly deposit calcium in the bones where it belongs, and they are almost always preceded by osteoporosis. There are nutrients that can be added to the diet that will facilitate proper calcium absorption, and get the body to not only naturally reduce the bone spurs, but they will start to rebuild the bone and reverse osteoporosis as well. There are other risk factors to consider: accidents, sports injuries, nutrition, poor posture, and congenital structural disorders, but even these will be improved greatly when the diet is altered to provide the right nutrients that will allow the body to digest and absorb calcium properly.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of bone spurs vary depending on location. Spinal bone spur sufferers may experience pain or stiffness in the lower back or neck while standing and walking; radiating pain in the shoulders often accompanied by headache; and pain in one or both arms or legs. Shoulder bone spur can cause restricted arm movement, and swelling or tearing in or around the rotator cuff. A bone spur on the knee makes walking, and bending or extending the legs difficult. And bone spur on the finger causes lumpy, disfiguring formations beneath the skin. When left untreated, bone spurs can actually fuse bones together, resulting in immobility.

How to treat bone spurs

For many, it would be impossible to physically drink all the milk needed to improve these kinds of health conditions. Taking supplements is the best way to go when correcting bone issues. Supplements will not only target the bones, but will also address the arthritis and degenerative disk disease that is causing the bone spurs in the first place. A metabolic disease such as bone spurs, arthritis, osteoarthritis, plantar fasciitis, and rotator-cuff disorders are always affected by the diet, and can therefore be improved by the diet, when their development is understood. The very name "metabolic" means that they are always changing. When the body is given the correct diet and nutrition, it can self-correct itself almost every time.

How can bone spurs be treated naturally?

Several herbs, spices, and oils have proven beneficial in coping with the discomfort caused by bone spurs, but to really reverse the process, a person will have to stop the bone degeneration that is creating the need for spurs to stabilize the body in the first place.

This will start with the addition of calcium. It would seem that when someone is experiencing bone spurs, the natural conclusion would be that they are taking too much calcium. However, the truth is that bone spurs develop because the calcium is not being absorbed into the bone where it belongs. Therefore, because of this, it is left to roam around in the body causing spurs and other painful calcium deposits.

One of the biggest reasons calcium is not absorbed into the bone is because there is not enough of the supporting nutrients to go along with it. The most important of these is magnesium. For this reason, when taking calcium supplements, it is important to take half as much magnesium as calcium (2:1), to make sure the calcium is properly absorbed. This way, the calcium we eat is taken right to the bone and given a place to deposit.

Without the magnesium, calcium is left to wander through the body and deposit just about anywhere, causing not only bone spurs, but painful calcium deposits all over the body. It is important to remember that bone spurs are not the result of too much calcium; they are the result of not getting enough of the other supporting nutrients that allow calcium to be deposited in the bones.

While magnesium is the main ingredient, protein, vitamins A, all the B's, C, D and E also play major roles in reversing bone spurs, as well as osteoarthritis and other similar problems. Eating well, and taking supplements is the only real way to reverse bone spurs, and find a healthy body again.

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BE WARY OF TREATING BONE SPURS WITH CORAL CALCIUM ALONE

There are many websites that claim coral calcium can be used to successfully treat bone spurs, and for many it can. Coral calcium is rich in many other nutrients that will facilitate proper bone growth, but it is magnesium more than anything else that will allow calcium to be correctly stored in the bones.

There are several web sites containing testimonials from customers claiming they have cured their bone spurs in only a few weeks by taking coral calcium. Before we can disprove, or believe the coral calcium testimonials we must first understand what a bone spur is.

The term "bone spur" is often misunderstood, as most are under the assumption that they are a sharp spur like structures poking into the spine, when in fact they are actually smooth abnormal growths formed on the bone over a long period of time.

Osteophytes, the medical term for bone spurs, refers to an enlargement of the normal bone structure. If the body doesn’t have enough of the supporting nutrients that allow for proper calcium absorption, it is common to find the growth of bone spurs due to degeneration of the spine. Adults over the age of 60 are the highest risk for the growth of Osteophytes’, but they affect all age groups, and all positions in society; not just the laboring force.

It is common, but not normal, for some degree of spinal degeneration to occur in everyone as they age. At least 42% of the population will develop bone spurs in their lifetime which can eventually lead to severe symptoms, such as pain to the neck, back and limbs and even fused bone. As well, it is common for most to experience gradual overall weakness to their extremities as time goes on. However, when the diet is complete, and has everything needed to support proper bone growth and regeneration, bone issues are virtually non-existent for those who fall into this bracket.

How to Diagnose Bone Spurs

The first step for an evaluation or diagnosis of bones spurs is to have a clinical examination. Visit your health care provider so they may conduct a neurological and spine evaluation in order to assess any spinal nerve and cord compression. It is also highly recommended that a bone scan be taken to confirm or deny the presence of osteoporosis, as this is almost always preceded by bone spurs, to some degree.

Traditional Bone Spur Treatment

Often with conservative care, most patients with mild to moderate nerve irritation and compression are able to manage their symptoms effectively. This can be done by taking medications such as a muscle relaxant or anti-inflammatory, for 4 to 6 weeks. Sufficient rest can help, as inflammation of the joints will often occur due to activity. Physical therapy and manipulation after 1-2 weeks will often alleviate painful symptoms in the joints. Epidural steroid or cortisone injections are effective but can result in severe side effects.

Effective Bone Spur Treatment

As stated, ‘traditional’, and ‘effective’ treatments are not always one in the same. In fact, they rarely are. Without enough magnesium in the diet, calcium is left to roam around in the body and deposit almost anywhere. As this continues year after year, the bones become depleted, and osteoporosis begins to take shape. As osteoporosis develops, the bones become more and more unstable, requiring the need for bone spurs to provide additional support to the spine, hips and feet, as these points are the places most of our body weight is being distributed.

Once the diet is modified with additional calcium, magnesium, and a few other nutrients, osteoporosis will stop, and bone regeneration will begin. It doesn’t matter what age or condition someone is in, the right diet will stop the osteoporosis that is causing the destabilization, which brings about the need for bone spurs. It is important to remember that the right ratio of calcium to magnesium is about 2:1; meaning that we should be taking twice as much calcium as we do magnesium.

Why Coral Calcium Works

Coral calcium comes from the coral in the sea, and has a naturally high amount of other minerals besides calcium. One of these is obviously magnesium. The risk with coral calcium is that depending on what part of the sea it came from, the calcium magnesium balance may not be correct. This explains why some have great results from coral calcium, and others have little to no change.

The thing to remember is that just because this calcium supplement comes from coral, doesn’t mean it has the right amount of magnesium. It is the combination of calcium and magnesium together, 2:1, which begins to reverse osteoporosis, and reduces bone spurs no matter where they are in the body.

PLANTAR FASCIITIS AND BONE SPURS

Plantar fasciitis and heel bone spurs are often seen together for a number of reasons. Plantar fasciitis occurs when the connective tissue on the bottom of your foot becomes inflamed. When repeated stress and strain occur on the heel bone and surrounding soft tissue, the body attempts to protect itself by forming heel bone spurs. This kind of pain is usually felt at the bottom of your heel. Quite often, the heel pain is worse in the morning because of tightness and stiffening that happens during the night.

Heel bone spurs causes can be related to:

1. Injury to the Foot, Arch or Heel - physical injury can occur while running, jogging or even walking and inflammation results.

2. Repetitive Pounding of the Foot - jogging and running, especially running downhill or on uneven surfaces, can result in tearing and plantar fasciitis inflammation, and being on your feet too much can lead to additional tearing in the fascia which results in additional inflammation and pain.

3. Poor Fitting, Hard-Soled Shoes - shoes not providing adequate support can be one of the heel bone spurs causes. Supportive rubber-soled shoes that fit well cushion the impact of the heel striking the surface and can help reduce heel pain.

4. Tight Muscles in the Calf - tight muscles in the calves place additional stress on the foot muscles and tendons, and tight muscles are more prone to injury and/or inflammation.

5. Being Overweight - excess weight transmits more stress to the plantar fascia area, which can lead to plantar fasciitis inflammation and pain.

Plantar fasciitis pain can become serious enough to be disabling. There are natural ways to treat heel and foot pain without resorting to foot surgery, always considered to be the very last resort.

To start with, the inflammation can be corrected with generous amounts of Vitamin C. This will get the adrenal glands producing cortisone that will in turn reduce swelling all over the body not just in the feet. The bone spurs can be reduced by giving your body what it needs to facilitate the deposit of calcium in the bones, instead of somewhere else in the body. There are a few nutrients needed to accomplish this, but the main two are calcium and magnesium. Magnesium will help regulate the hormones that make sure calcium is deposited in the bones, and prevent it from roaming throughout the body. The general ratio is 2:1, meaning that we should all be taking twice as much calcium; as we do magnesium. An imbalance can cause either constipation, or diarrhea, as well as other issues that one would never suspect are related to a calcium imbalance.

When treating bonespurs and faciitis, it is important to remember that they are two separate issues. One requires attention to the bone, and the other requires attnetion to arthritic swelling. Both easy to recognze; and both easy to treat; you just need a little 'know- how'.

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      Great post! I have recently written an article with a list of the top 10 running shoes for people suffering with Plantar Fasciitis.

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