Calcaneal Spur/Heel Pain


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What is the Calcaneal Spur on the foot? What causes its appearance?

 On the foot there is a ligament called “planta fascia” which is attached from the toes until the bone of the ankle. With every step we make the arch of the foot rises and descend, and the ligament is stretched and stretches the attachment of the ankle once. Over the years we make many steps, a lot of stretches in the area of the attachment of the ligament with the bone of the ankle and thus in part of the population (about 10%) there is tearing of the connection with the bone of the ankle. Inflammation occurs. The body sends substances to the area of the inflammation and there the protrusion called Calcaneal spur is created. The combination of the stretch of the ligament and the hit on the bone causes great pain.

 How to diagnose the problem of the Spur? What are the symptoms?

Generally, the symptoms of the spur are terrible pains in the ankle – usually worse without activity especially with the first steps of the morning after getting up. Usually, a person suffering from the spur will suffer sharp pain. when the ankle warms up and the , person become more active during the day the pain is less terrible.

The spur can be recognized by X-Ray where the protrusion in the area of the bone is clear. However, there are cases where the spur is not seen in the X-Ray since the damage in the ankle is only in the stages of inflammation and the target is the appearance of the spur.

Who are at risk of developing spurs?

Walking long distances, standing too long, unsuitable shoes, physical activity, obese people and others. All  these are associated with many knocks in the area of the ankle and great strains on the connection of the ligament to the bone of the ankle.

In other words, all who walk and march are in the risk group of suffering from inflammation and worsening to become a spur. Statistics show that about 10% of the population suffers from ankle pains/spurs; Statics show that this is a global problem and until today no effective solution has been found. For example, in the USA every year 2 million new spur sufferers join this group and are seeking effective treatment for these problems.

At what age does the spur on the foot appear?

 Actually, whoever walks may encounter a spur/ankle problem. All the time we stretch the ligaments in the area of the arch of the foot – from the toes to the ankle bone and we receive hits on the ankle with each step we make which is natural in walking. This means we are all at risk – from computer workers to great athletes – and we can be afflicted by a spur at any given time.

In orthopedics the problem is becoming worse with the years, thus the chances of orthopedic problems are increasing.

How to solve the spur problem?

The initial treatment is the most important and it is to eliminate the forces of the foot that knocks on the ankle and the stretching of the ligament with every step we make which can cause damage to the ankle. It is important to understand that in the medical world there are different treatments aimed at healing the inflammation and preventing deterioration of the condition: physiotherapy, injections, shock waves, pills, ointments and various medicines, and so on. However, as long as the pressures are being applied on the same area the ankle will continue to receive the same knocks, the ligament (“planta fascia”) will continue to be stretched. In other words, we continue to irritate the place, we suffer pains and postpone the desired cure.

Is it a recurring problem?

 Many who were treated by conventional methods and their problem passed away continued to activate the mechanical forces of the blow on the ankle and stretch the ligament, to irritate again the area on the ankle and the problem reappears.

What happens when none of the remedies solve the problem of the spur?

You don’t have to suffer. Today, you can be helped by a the new invention resulting from development by “Barak Orthopedics”. This is an innovative treatment by soles whose base, the structure and their elements are completely different from existing ones previously in the world of soles. This sole, which can be personally adapted, has three objectives: not to directly step on the ankle thereby eliminating the pain with the first step; eliminating stretching of the ligament. If you stop stretching the ligament that causes the damage, the cure of the inflammation is much faster. Thirdly, the moment the problem passes away, this type of cure prevents the recurrence of the problem in the future.

After treating thousands suffering from the spur whose problem disappeared, medical research was carried out in Belinson and Hasharon hospitals by research doctors and the results were amazing. This method of treatment has been registered as a patent in the USA and Israel. The combination of treating thousands of satisfied patients whose problem had been solved, the medical researches and the approval of the patent proves that treatment by this method is most effective for solving the problem and is a real medical breakthrough.

How do you adapt the sole to the patient?

After checking and diagnosing, the sole is adapted according to the plaster mold that undergoes many changes according to the type of sole; and the patent by which it is constructed. When discussing regular soles (Silicon) and according to the medical researches carried out in Belinson and Hasharon hospitals these soles reduce the pressure on the ankle by 24%. In contrast, the innovative sole reduces the pressure on the foot by about 78%. Usually, when a person suffers from a spur he tries to “escape’ the pain and step on other parts of the foot – this creates problems of balance, problems of the spine, ankle and knees and other orthopedic problems. The advantage of the innovative sole is that it significantly reduces the pressure from the injured area – no matter if it is a spur, corn, injury or fracture in the area of the ankle. The innovative sole allows the foot to bear the weight of the body in an equal and balanced way and correctly – without any pain

Joshua Barak is an orthopedic technician with more than 30 years experience  who invented the new method for treating calcaneal spur/heel pain

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