Healing Heel Spurs At Our Rockefeller Health & Medical in New York, NY
Do you feel instant pain like a knife stab when your feet hit the floor in the morning? If so, you may have a heel spur or bone spur. After a few months of straining or tearing the muscles and ligaments in the foot, or the repeated stretching of the plantar fascia, the body tries to protect itself by building up a calcium deposit. Heel spurs are the response to plantar fasciitis, and they poke their sharp edges into the surrounding soft tissue, causing excruciating pain.
Risk Factors for Heel Spurs
- If you have a walking gait abnormality, you are most likely putting undue pressure on the heel bone, its ligaments, and the surrounding nerves.
- If you are a runner or jogger pounding the hard pavement, you have an increased chance of damaging the plantar fascia and setting yourself up for a heel spur or bone spur.
- If you wear ill-fitting shoes or shoes without proper arch support, it could lead to heel damage.
- If you are overweight, striking the pavement can cause foot damage.
- If you are older, there is a natural decrease in plantar flexibility and fat pad thickness.
- If you have diabetes, your feet are at increased risk of injury.
- If you spend most of the day on your feet, you will most likely feel resulting inflammation.
Chiropractic Care For Hell Spur or Bone Spur
If through x-rays and imaging it is determined that you do have a heel spur, your chiropractor has several treatment options and all of them are natural approaches.
- Posture adjustment. The mechanics of walking -- meaning the way you walk and the strength of your impact -- can majorly contribute to inflammation and resulting heel spurs.
- Body balance. If your pain is in only one foot, it means your body's weight is not balanced. Realignment of your body so that your weight is evenly distributed to your feet can be very effective.
- Exercises. There are specific exercises you can be taught to strengthen the muscles and realign the bones of your foot.
- Foot Orthotics. If your gait is abnormal, foot orthotics may help you walk more normally.
- Chiropractic adjustment. Gentle manipulation and massage may strengthen and improve the function of the ligaments and bones of the foot.
Contact Our Rockefeller Health & Medical in New York, NY Today!
Call Rockefeller Health & Medical today at (212)-388-5050 to schedule your evaluation to address this and other chiropractic issues. Conveniently located at 22 W. 48th Street, #705, New York, New York 10036.