Dealing with Bone Spurs Naturally

Bone spurs are small outgrowths of bone that can cause excruciating pain. Though they can form at any joint, they are most common in feet, especially in the heel. Often caused by arthritis, they can also be caused by trauma or other diseases. It’s difficult to know what, exactly, causes a bone spur and some bone spurs may require surgery as they can cause severe damage to the heel and other parts of the body.

 

How do I know if I have a bone spur?

Your symptoms depend on where the bone spur is located, however, in general symptoms include:

  • Pain when walking
  • Pinched nerves in the spine
  • Limb weakness
  • Dull ache or throbbing in the affected joint

 

How can I prevent bone spurs?

  • Do regular foot and leg exercises. Check with your doctor for a list that will help bone spurs in particular.
  • Get insoles for your shoes that take pressure off the heel of the foot and move it to the front.
  • If you have a desk job, perform leg exercises every hour.
  • Elevate your feet when laying in bed.
  • Put a stool beneath your desk so your legs are somewhat elevated.
  • Keep your calcium intake at appropriate levels for your age and gender.

 

How can I treat bone spurs?

  • Apply dry heat in the form of a heating pad or some heated flaxseeds wrapped up in a bandage you can attach to your heel or affected joint.
  • Make a poultice of arnica oil and chamomile and apply to the affected joint to reduce inflammation.
  • Stay off your feet during a flare up.
  • Soak the affected joint in epsom salt baths. This will help reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Eat omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Up your calcium intake. Bone spurs are often caused by a lack of calcium in the body.
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