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Avoiding Bone Spurs

Learn how to prevent bone spurs with these simple lifestyle changes.

Bone spurs, also called osteophytes, form on a normal bone as a result of constant pressure. The most common sites for bone spur Bone Spurs development is on the heels, Although the spurs themselves are harmless, they can cause pain, tingling and swelling if they are pushing against nearby tissues, nerves or tendons. This is often the case with spurs caused by plantar fasciitis, which is an inflammation of the plantar fascia, a ligament that connects the heel bone and the ball of the foot.

Fortunately, bone spurs can sometimes be prevented through a series of easy-to-follow steps. Dr. James Kent, foot doctor in Tyler, Texas, has a few tips for her patients on how to prevent bone spurs from developing.

Maintain good eating habits...

Foods rich in calcium and Vitamin D are essential to maintaining healthy bone structure. Up to age 50, adults should strive to intake 1,000 milligrams of calcium and 200 international units (IUs) of calcium each day. After age 50, this should increase to 1,200 milligrams and 400 to 600 IUs respectively. Your Tyler foot doctors recommend whole foods that include good concentrations of these nutrients: dairy products such as yogurt, milk and cheese, fish like tuna, sardines and salmon, and leafy collard greens and spinach.

Stay active...

Obesity leads to a multitude of health problems, including the pressure that extra weight places on your joints and muscles. Keep your weight at a manageable level by eating properly and working regular exercise into your daily routine. Find something you enjoy doing - biking, walking and swimming are all great ways for people of all ages to increase their activity.

...but stay safe!

Repetitive, high-impact sports, like tennis, basketball or gymnastics, can put a lot of stress on joints and muscles, leading to problems such as sprains, fractures and in some cases, bone spurs. Don't overdo it with these activities - alternate them with lower impact sports to give your body a rest.

If you think you might be dealing with a bone spur, contact your Tyler foot doctors without delay. He can help you get back on your feet!

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