Spring is around the corner, which means new growth is—or will be—starting to show. Spring is a season of “rebirth,” when new life appears all around, particularly in seasonal flowers. One thing you don’t want to begin growing, however, are bone spurs on your heels. These little growths are actually closely tied to heel pain. If you let something like plantar fasciitis progress, you may find you get an unpleasant spring growth in the shape of a bone spur.
Bone spurs are small, hard projections of bone tissue. They develop when one part of the bone is under frequent or constant stress or pressure. See, bones naturally develop more tissue under stress. In the right places, the extra tissue makes them stronger and better able to handle the strain of your activities. This is why exercise, particularly hard-impact activities, helps build your bone density. The impacts stimulate the extra growth.
Sometimes, however, excessive stress on just one area near the edge of a bone can cause the body to build up small bumps instead of thickening everything. You end up with a hard projection—a bone spur. This is why heel spurs are common with chronic plantar fasciitis.
Plantar fasciitis is a thickening and tightening in the plantar fascia band, which attaches to your heel. When it becomes overworked and strained, it pulls on your heel bone. The longer the plantar fascia does this, the more it stresses the bone—which then stimulates the spur growth. The problem is that this little bump can, in some cases, aggravate the plantar fascia more. The two problems then worsen each other.
This is part of why taking care of your plantar fasciitis early on is so important. The longer it affects you, the more likely it will become chronic and contribute to heel spurs. If you’re struggling to manage your heel pain, let us know at Advanced Foot & Ankle Specialists of Arizona. We’ll work on a targeted treatment plan to alleviate the condition right away. Use our online contact form to reach us. You can also call or fax either of our two offices: call (480) 981-1800 and fax (480) 981-0229 for the Gilbert office, or call (480) 963-9000 and fax (480) 963-0375 our Chandler location.
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