Calcaneal spurs that cause foot pain

Calcaneal spurs are bone excrescences that form in the calcaneus (heel bone) that may be due to excessive bone traction through the tendons or fascia (the connective tissue attached to the bone). A spur of the calcaneus can cause the foot pain in the lower part of the heel. Flat feet (an abnormal flattening of the sole and arch of the foot) and disorders in which the contraction of the Achilles’ tendon is permanent may excessively tighten the fascia, increasing the risk of calcaneal spurs. This symptom can prevent if you use shoes or Insoles for Fallen arches.  The calcaneal spurs usually cause pain as they develop, especially when the individual walks. Briefly, the calcaneal spur is a “fight” of forces between the musculature of the sole and the muscles of the calf, both having to be necessarily in spasm.


Sometimes a bag containing liquid (bursa) develops under the spur and ignites. Generally, in this condition, called lower calcaneus bursitis, the pain becomes the throbbing type, and this can occur even in the absence of a spur. Sometimes the foot adapts to the spur such that the pain diminishes as the spur grows. On the other hand, a painless spur can become painful after a minor injury to the area as it can occur, for example, while playing a sport.

Commonly, calcaneal spurs can be diagnosed during the physical examination. When there is a spur, applying pressure to the center of the heel causes pain. Radiographs can be performed to confirm the diagnosis, but they may not detect newly formed spurs. The treatment aims at pain relief. Physical therapy has a fundamental role in the treatment and cure of this spur. The goals of the treatment areto  relievethe pain and decrease the tension of the calf muscles and plantar fascia. Once this myofascial release, it will eliminate the cause. It is known that the bone has its complete remodeling in 5 years, being preserved this balance of the forces of these muscles, it is possible in 5 years not to “appear” more in the image examination the spur.

An easy recipe to relieve plantar fascia tension is foot scaling.

Most painful heel spurs heal without the need for surgery. Sputum removal surgery should only be performed when pain interferes with walking. However, the results of the surgery are unpredictable. Occasionally, the pain persists after surgery.

Plantar fasciitis or plantar fasciitis refers to a plantar pain in the plantar fascia. It happens from inflammation caused by repetitive microtrauma in the origin of the medial tuberosity of the calcaneus. The tensile forces during the support lead to the inflammatory process, which results in fibrosis and degeneration of the fascial fibers that originate in the bone. Plantar fasciitis appears more frequently in obese individuals. Excessive pronation of the foot is more likely in the development of this disease, due to the increase of the force resulting in the aponeurosis, as a consequence of the arch lengthening and extension of the fingers.

Plantar fasciitis is not the same as the spur of the calcaneus.

When the lesion near the bone occurs, it may try to heal itself by producing new bone. This results in the development of a calcaneal spur. Without the spur, the condition is called plantar fasciitis, only the muscle injury. The calcaneal spur is a spur-shaped reactive bone formation (bone spike), located on the plantar surface of the calcaneus (foot bone). People with this pathology have pain in the plantar region under the calcaneum.

The fascia is a tight band of dense connective tissue that attaches from the calcaneus to the base of the toes (beam for the maintenance of the medial longitudinal arch). The Achilles tendon also attaches to the calcaneus. If the tendon is very tense, there is redistribution along the fascia. If you feel unstable during walk or cycle or your foot flattens or, the arch flexes by pulling the plantar fasciitis. Too much tension can tear it apart. This will possibly result in foot pain and swelling. When this happens close to the bone, it can try to heal or recover itself by producing new bone. This lead to the increase of a calcaneal spur. The condition without the spur is called plantar fasciitis. The fascia retains muscles and tendons in the sole and fingers, reduces compression of the arteries and plantar and digital nerves, and perhaps aids venous return. In the support triangles, there is the fatty cushion responsible for the decrease in the pressure (elastic damper). Parts of the deep fascia, inferior to the plantar structures, are the plantar aponeurosis.

The treatment indicated for the two injuries would conjugate myofascial release, relief of the agonic framework and use of postural pills to maintain the gains acquired during the physiotherapy sessions.

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Causes of Sleep Disorder and how to prevent it?

A sleep disorder (somnipathy) is a medical disorder of the sleep patterns of a person. Some sleep disorders are serious enough to interfere with normal physical, mental, and emotional functioning.

Since the complexity and number of sleep disorders is very large, I will focus on the most common types of sleep disorders. There are four main categories of sleep disorders; dysomnias, parasomnias, sleeping sickness, and snoring.

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4 main categories of Sleep Disorders

 Dysomnias are sleep disorders characterized by insomnia or the inability to fall asleep. Parasomnias are sleep disorders such as sleepwalking, bedwetting, sleep talking, and exploding head syndrome (waking up at night hearing loud noises). Sleeping sickness is a parasitic disease which can be transmitted by the Tsetse fly which can result in sleeping problems. The fourth category ‘snoring’ is not a disorder by itself but can be a symptom of deeper problems.

Common Causes of Sleep Disorders

 Changes in lifestyle such as shift work change is a common cause of sleep disorders because the ‘internal sleep clock’ in our bodies may have trouble adjusting to a shift in sleeping patterns.

Other problems that can affect sleep are anxiety, back pain, chronic pain, neck pain, and caffeine. Psychological problems can also have a negative effect on sleeping patterns.

Sleep Disorder Treatment

 Sleep disorder treatments can be grouped into four categories:


  1. Behavioral treatments
  2. Rehabilitation & management
  3. Medication
  4. Other somatic treatments

These general treatment categories by themselves are not sufficient for all patients with sleep disorders. The choice of a specific treatment depends on many factors such as the patient’s diagnosis, medical and psychiatric history, patient preferences, and the expertise of the treating clinician. For many patients, a combination of behavioral and medication treatment can be used to maximize therapeutic benefits.

For people with chronic insomnia, behavioral treatment such as a change in lifestyle may be more effective than using medication. People with back and neck pain, a therapeutic massage may be the most practical method to reduce or eliminate pain thereby promoting better sleep. Narcolepsy is a condition in which a person falls asleep unexpectedly regardless of their surroundings. Medication may be a better solution to treat narcolepsy because it tends to be more of a physical condition instead of a psychological condition.

Blood Pressure and Sleep Deprivation

 Besides feeling more alert and positive, getting sufficient sleep every night is good for your blood pressure. In June 2008, researchers from Penn State College of Medicine discovered that people who sleep less than 5 hours a night are 5 times more likely to have high blood pressure than people who sleep 7 or 8 hours a night. Researchers studied 1,741 people and the link between sleep problems and high blood pressure, and found that those people at the highest risk of hypertension slept very few hours per night and had insomnia.

Advances in Sleep Medicine

Due to rapidly increasing knowledge about sleep in the 20th century, the medical importance of sleep was recognized. By the 1970’s in the US, clinics and laboratories devoted to the study of sleep and sleep disorders had been founded and a need for standards arose.

Sleep medicine has now become a recognized subspecialty within internal medicine, pediatrics, family medicine, and psychiatry.

Sleep dentistry, while not recognized as one of the nine dental specialties, qualifies for board certification by the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). These ‘sleep dentists’ collaborate with sleep doctors at accredited sleep centers to treat or manage sleep related breathing disorders.

3 Factors That Might Cause Sleep Disorders

Lifestyle factors
The impression is growing that to a large extent, many cases of obstructive sleep apnea and snoring may be related to Western culture. The risk of significant obstructive sleep apnea increases with the numerous factors described below, many of which are problems currently rampant in our society. Correction of OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA) generally requires that these factors be eliminated. At times, elimination of these factors completely resolves the problem.

Excessive weight brought about by a sedentary lifestyle, too many rich foods, or by medically related situations such as thyroid problems, is probably the leading factor contributing to OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA). Bed partners almost invariably make the observation that the larger their snoring spouse becomes, the louder the snoring bellows, and the more often they hear snoring pauses followed by snorts, and a resumption of breathing (i.e., apneas — episodes of obstructed breathing). Conversely, in a large percentage of patients, weight loss down to an ideal weight has reversed the process.

Smoking has numerous undesirable effects on the body. Most pertinent to OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA (OSA) are the obstructions to the airway which cigarette smoking causes: swelling of the mucous membrane in the nose, swelling of the tissue in the throat, and blockage of the small vessels in the lungs. Therefore, add this to another list of reasons why you should stop this nasty habit.

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Know More About Herbal Medicine And Its Benefits

In spite of the wide availability of conventional drugs and pills (medicines that are synthetically produced in laboratories), the popularity of herbal medicine remains undiminished. In fact, with every passing day, the enthusiasm and public interest in natural herbal remedies continue to grow rapidly.

One of the best reasons for this is the essentially benevolent Nature of medicines based on natural herbs. It is a well-known fact that natural remedies are among the safest remedies that one can use. They are free from all the usual side-effects that conventional drugs and pills carry, are non-addictive and can be used by virtually anybody for effective relief from specific conditions.

Take for instance natural joint pain relief remedies. Joint pain is a common complaint in many of us, especially in those who are advanced in age. For long-lasting relief from the condition, there are excellent natural remedies available today that one can use. Based on medicinal herbs known to have pain-relieving properties, these natural remedies are available in convenient pill form that the patient needs to take once or twice a day to get better.

If joint pain has been imposing limitation on your regular life, start feeling better and get back to normal life sooner than you had though with powerful yet completely safe natural herbal remedies.

Another case in point is treating headaches. A common symptom that has been faced by most of us at some point in our lives, headaches usually make us reach out for that bottle of aspirin or other specialized headache-controlling pills. But such pills can only provide temporary relief from the symptoms. For a more permanent and comprehensive cure, one that addresses the problem at its root-level and gets you better from deep inside, try holistic herbal remedies.

Natural remedies are, almost always, safe, non�addictive, and some are FDA�registered containing 100% homeopathic ingredients selected to relieve specific symptoms. They are perfectly safe for all ages, including pregnant women or those who may be breastfeeding, and carry no side-effects.

So, unleash the healing power of Nature with natural remedies and get lasting relief from the symptoms as well as the root cause of the illness.

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