What Really Causes Heel Spur Symptoms (Hint: It's Usually Not The Spur)

hey everybody this is Joshua with the

tendinitis expert and this video is out

heels for symptoms and what really

causes them intense it's usually not the

heel spur so let's start with what

causes heel spur symptoms and there's

some clues here bone and all the muscles

connective tissue over top of it

so let's take a closer look at that bone

spurs usually well they can kind of show

up anywhere mostly they show up under

the heel like where you land when you

heel strike and somewhere around here

where the Achilles tendon attaches so an

important factor to understand is that

bone spurs don't just show up for no

reason they don't magically appear they

don't randomly appear if both first show

up it's for a reason your doctors may

not have a great explanation for that

but essentially the explanation is both

burrs show up where forces are pushing

or pulling on the bone so that's why

right here is very common and here's

very common such that every time you

take a step you're pushing you're

putting pressure on the bone and muscles

which ideally should be that long

over time it's short and tight

connective tissue shrink wrap them so

they're stuck tight so they're

constantly pulling on the tendon too

much so whether it's a push pressure on

the bone or a pull tendon on the bone

the brain thinks that this needs to get

stronger and so it tells it to grow the

more bone tissue to be stronger it's not

necessarily the smartest thing in the

world but that's what it does so that's

what causes bones first now you're only

going to know that you have a bone spur

if you already have pain in this area

generally you go to a doctor because you

have pain in here maybe you've already

tried some other things but then you get

an x-ray and the x-ray shows some bumper

or some bone spur and the doctor goes

well there's a bone spur that must be

the cause of the pain

but that's not necessarily true if the

only proof of that is is that lots of

people have bone spurs and our bone

spurs just like you but they don't have

pain so it's not necessarily that the

bone spur is 100% the cause of the pain

point being you can have your same exact

symptoms with bone spurs or without bone


so why might that be let's take a look

there's it's out of the way ok so what

causes pain in general muscles as I said

over time get tight and they pull on the

tendons too much and that pulls on the

attachments too much constantly 24/7 but

tighter this gift the more pulls on the

tendon the more hold on the attachment

long story short over time that kicks in

inflammation response which releases

chemicals which enhance your sensitivity

to pain in the tissue that causes the

more pain and that causes muscle to get

more tight to pull on the tendon more

pull on the attachment more repeat

repeat repeat

eventually you feel pain may be in there

you may or may not be growing a bone

spur so there's a whole pain dynamic in

play and that pain dynamic is also what

caused the bone spurs point being you

can have pain with a bone spur or

without a bone spur another point is

just because you have a bone spur does

not 100% mean that you're going to have

pain from that bone spur so there's two

scenarios if you have pain the first is

you have actual pain from the bone spur

and the second is that you don't have

pain for the bone spur and let's clear

that out it again and we'll talk about

that so again two scenarios of your pain

one the bones first causing pain or two

if not even if the doctor says it is

so the scenario where the bone spur for

sure is causing pain is if it's on the


so there's your heel there's extra bone

tissue growing there's some connective

tissue maybe some ligament attachments

maybe some tendon attachment connective

tissue there's lots of connective tissue

all around here and then you have skin

so now that bone spurs growing and

pushing that out and every time you take

a step that's irritating it like you're

hitting it yourself with a hammer a

little bit a bunch over and over and

over and then you have an actual

physiological anatomical problem every

time you step on that bone spur it's a

pointy pressure it's going to cause

actual pain and problems so in that

scenario yes that's a problem if you

have a bone spur here however let's

clear that out again you to do to do to

do however if you have a bone spur here

notice that this attachment is coming

attaching the bone right there so this

can be problematic because you attendant

comes down it attaches the bone and you

have bone spur maybe growing right there

so it's affecting the attachment is

affecting the structural integrity and

the function of the tendon itself and

that's going to send pain signal to the

brain not good having said that just

because you have a bone spur here or

here or here that doesn't necessarily

mean the bone spur is damaging the

tendon or is injuring attendants having

said that it can the more your bone spur

is growing up into the tendon it's

pushing the tendon decide if it's

placing it and it can actually be

damaging that tendon so in that scenario

the symptom of the bone spur there is

actual tendon damage so in that scenario

yes the bone spur is problematic and it

is a cause of pain but if it's not then

it's not I know that sounds like an

Aussie statement but

some ways are kind of hard to tell so

you kind of have to go with a theory a

little bit more than actuality but

pointing just because you have a bone

spur doesn't necessarily mean your bones

first symptom is damage to the tendon

that's if it is that's the problem so if

I were you before I got bone spur

surgery for remove it because the

surgery is going to get in here it's

going to grind out the bone but it's

also going to damage the tendon so it's

not necessarily magical fix it's going

to be problematic as well often they

detach the tendon well not there but

they detach the tendon carve away the

bone spur and then reattach the tendon

so that is very very very traumatic to

your system so here's what I would do

before I did that I would deal with the

tightness of the muscle and connective

tissue because remember muscle gets

short connected to shrink wraps and then

it can't get back to length and I would

deal with the inflammation process

that's releasing chemical here which

enhances your sensitivity to pain which

increases the tightness point Byng and

it's a little bit diagnostic to tell

whether you have actual heel spurs

symptoms or not is get rid of the

tightness get rid of the inflammation

process and then see what happens if you

essentially get rid of the tendonitis

dynamic which is tightness information

and nutritional indication if

nutritional insufficiency essentially if

you get rid of those three factors and

your pain goes away then it's not a bone

spur symptom your pain is not a bone

spur symptom but if you get rid of the

ten nice dynamic and you're still having

various symptoms then the bone spur

might be actually causing damage into

that scenario then you might want to

take a drastic action do something about

it but first I would actually I would

absolutely deal with the tightness the

inflammation and the nutritional

insufficiency because if you do get

surgery and grind that off and detach

your tendon and reattach it

that's super problematic and you're

still going to have all the tightness

information and nutritional


the bones for growth in the first place

so view with the tendinitis dynamic get

with an underlying cause first stop the

bone spur from getting bigger and then

see what happens if you like to find out

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