A Calcaneal Spur also known as a heel spur is a bony outgrowth from the calcaneal tuberosity (heel bone).T are typically detected by x-ray examination. It is a form of exostosis. When a foot is exposed to constant stress,calcium deposits build up on the bottom of the heel bone.
The medical name for heel bone is Calcaneus, which is one of the foot bones. Spur means a bony projection. (Spur has different meanings.)
When there is a bony projection of the heel bone (Calcaneal spur),the patient will face difficulty with movements. This disease is more frequently observed in females.
SYMPTOMS OF CALCANEAL SPUR
The symptoms arise due to the friction of spur with the bone and other soft tissues. There will be poky or stitching pain. The pain can be very severe for many. The pain could be severer. Most patients may present with pain while initial making steps, especially while getting up from bed in the morning. The friction leads to inflammation or swelling.
CAUSES OF CALCANEAL SPUR
The exact cause is not known.Some common causes are
- Walking gait abnormalities,which place excessive stress on the heel bone,ligaments and nerves near the heel
- Running or jogging, especially on hard surfaces
- Poorly fitted or badly worn shoes, especially those lacking appropriate arch support
- Excess weight and obesity
INVESTIGATION & DIAGNOSIS
An x-ray will show the bony Calcaneal spur very clearly. Plantar fascistic is a related condition.
HOMEOPATHIC MEDICINE FOR CALCANEAL SPUR
CALCAREA FLOUR : Most effective medicine to dissolve the Calcaneal Spur.Helpful in all cases of Calcaneal Spur whether painful or not.It acts as the best resolving agent for Calcaneal Spur
AMMON MUR : Very useful medicine for Calcaneal Spur.There is pain in heel on walking and morning.There is stitching or tearing pain.
RHUS TOX : Useful for calcaneal spur with pain in heel on standing.Helpful in repairing the muscles and ligaments covering the heel bone.Works to relief pain, strengthening the muscles or ligaments and dissolving the spur. There is stitiching pain on standing.Also useful for the pain as from a nail under the skin.
ARANEA DIADEMA : Useful for Calcaneal Spur with digging and boring pains in heel which may alternate with a numb feeling in the heel.There is extreme sensitivity to cold air
AURUM MET : Useful for Calcaneal Spur with pain in heel which espeially at night