Many people suffer from heel problems. Females will suffer from more heel problems than males simply due to them wearing high heel shoes which impairs health due to causing excess pressure from the body to hamper down on the back as well as the feet and the heels. Basically, the weight of the body goes down to the feet which over time create a host of health problems and challenges.
A common heel problem is “heel spur”, also known as bone spur.
A bone spur is a condition where the sole becomes inflamed at the region of a bony spur or growth off the heel. Common symptoms include foot pain that is exacerbated by activity. A bone spur that develops under the heel usually prevents you from standing for long periods of time. – Lise Bourbeau
Heel spur diagnosis is usually made with an X-ray. The X-ray shows a hook of bone protruding from the bottom of the foot at the point where the plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone.
Many people, including doctors and patients alike, confuse heel (or bone) spur with plantar fasciitis as well as tarsal tunnel syndrome. Though heel spur and plantar fasciitis diagnosis are related, they are not the same in nature.
Okay, time for a little breakdown of key words for enhancement of understanding:
Plantar. From Latin ‘planta’ meaning “sole.” Of or pertaining to the sole of the foot. Also called volar.
Fascia. Also called ‘plantar aponeurosis. The tough fascia surrounding the muscles of the soles of the feet.
Fasciitis. Inflammation (or burning) of the tough fascia surrounding the muscles of the soles of the feet.
The plantar fascia is a thick, ligamentous connective tissue that runs from the calcaneus (heel bone) to the ball of the foot. This strong and tight tissue helps maintain the arch of the foot. It is also one of the major transmitters of weight across the foot as you walk or run. That's why tremendous stress is placed on the plantar fascia.
Plantar fasciitis refers to the inflammation of the plantar fascia which is the tissue that forms the arch of the foot whereas on the other hand a heel spur is a hook of bone that can form on the heel bone, known as ‘calcaneus’ and is merely associated with plantar fasciitis.
It is estimated that nearly 70% of patients with plantar fasciitis have a heel spur that that can be seen on an X-ray. However, many patients without symptoms of pain can have a heel spur.
Heel spurs are very common in people who have a history of foot pain caused by plantar fasciitis. In the setting of plantar fasciitis, heel spurs are most often experienced by and seen in middle-aged people though the condition can be found amongst all age groups.
It should be noted that the heel spur itself is not the primary or chief cause of pain, but rather inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia. The inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia is the main thing people want relief from.
When a person has plantar fasciitis, the plantar fascia becomes inflamed and degenerative (worn out) and these abnormalities or defects can make normal activities, such as walking, jogging, or running, quite painful. Symptoms typically worsen early in the morning after sleep. At that time, the plantar fascia is tight so even simple movements stretch the contracted plantar fascia. As you begin to loosen the plantar fascia, the pain usually subsides, but often returns with prolonged standing or walking due to the applied stress on the foot.
Heel spurs form in people who have plantar fasciitis, and tend to occur in people who have had the problem for a prolonged period of time.
Women who constantly wear high heel shoes, which is not wise at all when you understand the damage taking place to and in the foot, will end up suffering from a host of problems from lower back pain (due to strain), heel spur, and rock-hard callous soles.
To learn more about the damage from wearing high heel shoes, please read our article ‘High Heel Shoes and the Blues’ in the Dherbs.com Articles section.
The metaphysics of bone spur is this: basically, you are uncomfortable standing on your own two feet and/or standing up for yourself (your rights, your principles, etc.). You are perhaps afraid to move forward in life, perhaps with personal plans. You may fear displeasing someone who represents authority or whom you look up to.
If this person described above is you – you need an attitude adjustment, because according to fellow metaphysician and healer Lise Bourbeau, the attitude you presently have is hurting your inner-self as much as it’s hurting your heel.
“Take some risks, take the leap – a little self-confidence will do a lot to spur you on to achieving what you want. Whatever happens, you’ll be able to handle it. You have what it takes to face the consequences of your decisions. Don’t expect others to be in constant agreement with your plans and ideals. They all have their own agendas and limitations. Take that first step, and then the next. Each step will bring a new experience. Dare to take risks while moving forward.”
Healing Heel Problems Naturally
Soak your entire feet in warm water (or hot water if you can stand it) with added sea salt (13-26 ounces) and essential oils of peppermint, spearmint, and/or wintergreen (about 3 drops each). Let feet soak 30 minutes in the evening time or before bedtime.
In the alternative to the above, if you have a water ionizer (alkaline water machine), allow your feet to soak in alkaline water for 30 minutes per day (you can still add the se salt if you like). The alkaline water will counteract and eventually neutralize the acidity of the heel(s) which causes the inflammation in the heels.
If you own an ozone (or oxygen) machine you can ozonate your feet for 45 minutes per day. Insert the foot into a plastic bag, insert the tube from the ozone machine, and then seal the bag around your leg with string or some other strong material (you can even use tape, just shave your legs first). Oxygen is very therapeutic and causes the cells to regenerate.
Oil the feet down with my Healing Skin Oil (after you finish soaking them).
Wear blue (or sky blue) socks as the color blue emits a soothing and calming frequency plus the color blue is the antidote to the color red which denotes inflammation, burning, and passion.
Recommended Djehuty Maatra Herbs formulas to take to enhance and expedite healing including: Joints Formula, Enzyme Formula, Acid Buster, and MSM Sulfur.
I highly recommend that people first perform the Full Body Detox (FBD Cleanse).
Get as much rest as possible. Stay off your feet!
Wear only open and comfortable shoes. If you can find magnetic shoe soles to place in the soles of your shoes, I highly recommend giving them a try. Here are several sites that sell magnetic show insoles:
Thank you for reading!
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