What are heel spurs
Heel spur - salt coracoid or spinous projection coming from the plantar surface of the tuberosity of the calcaneus, the base of which merges with the calcaneal tuber.
When X-ray heelSpurs revealed a large number of middle-aged and older people (4.9 percent), did not show any complaints. Therefore, the presence of anatomical spur itself does not mean disease. Conversely, some patients with severe clinical radiological signs may be absent. Only about 10% of the diseases of the musculoskeletal system accounted for heel spurs. Not always possible to reliably establish the cause of the disease. It mostly occurs in women 40 years and older.
Reasons contributing to the development of heel spurs:
- longitudinal flat feet,
- acute or chronic trauma of the calcaneus,
As shown heel spurs, symptoms
The disease manifests itself one major symptom -heel pain. It can occur suddenly, acutely or gradually increase over time. Heel - the first point of contact when a person axial load. And it is quite clear that from the very first moment when the patient gets up on his feet, he immediately feels a lot of pain - "needle in the heel," "I stepped on a nail" - such comparisons lead sick people. After a while in the process of walking the pain decreases slightly. Especially painful when walking bilateral process; Sometimes such sufferers move with the help of crutches. Due to the fact that the patient load while walking the edge of the foot, trying to avoid pain in the heel, the legs get tired quickly. Patients are nervous, easily irritated, decreasing their efficiency. The situation is compounded by the loss of confidence in the doctors, prescribers often inadequate and therefore ineffective treatment.
An examination of the heel with one finger foundthe most painful point - usually in the inner process of the calcaneal tuber, ie closer to the inner edge of the heel bone. The diagnosis is confirmed radiographically.
How to prevent the emergence of heel spurs:
- The fight against obesity
- Timely and efficient treatment of diseases of the spine and joints
- Wearing insoles for flat feet
- Wear comfortable shoes and physiologic
- Avoid prolonged physical stress on the heel
- In the presence of even small signs of heel spurs spend preventive courses of treatment with physiotherapy treatments.