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What is a Calcaneal Spur?


Sometimes the tiniest problem within the musculoskeletal system can cause massive problems in our bodies. Whether it is the smallest little stress fracture in the heel, or a slight strain of a small muscle running along the femur, the potential for things to go wrong reaches far down the list even to the smallest molecule.

One of the more common problems that individuals experience in the musculoskeletal system is called a calcaneal spur. This condition is defined as a bone spur that protrudes from the heel as a result of a calcium deposit on the foot. In many individuals with a calcaneal spur, the condition can be crippling as the possibility for walking to be extremely painful is quite high. However, not all individuals who have a calcaneal spur are afflicted with chronic pain upon walking, but this is a little less common.

Those with a calcaneal spur can turn to their chiropractor for assistance in mediating this painful condition. Unfortunately there is no true way to remove a calcaneal spur without getting under the skin via surgery and chiropractic care cannot truly deteriorate the structure of the calcaneal spur.

However, chiropractors do have the ability to bring about positive musculoskeletal health outcomes in patients with calcaneal spurs without surgery, as manipulation of the muscles surrounding the calcaneal spur can bring a level of efficiency in movement to these muscles and increasing the range of motion. Additionally, proper alignment of the ankle, the knees, and other parts of the lower body can reduce the amount of weight placed on the foot with a calcaneal spur. If there is improper alignment in the lower body and an individual has a calcaneal spur, then there may be an uneven distribution of weight placed on different parts of the foot, which may increase the amount of pain experienced when walking.

Patients with a calcaneal spur may be able to turn to orthotic inserts for their shoes as a way to mediate the discomfort felt from a calcaneal spur. A chiropractor can do wonders for these seemingly insignificant conditions that actually decrease a patient’s quality of life overall.

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