Ligaments (which connect bone to bone) are made of durable, gristly tissue – not easily torn – so why is a partially torn plantar fascia ligament (and the resulting heel spur) so common?
Let’s take a look at what a plantar fascia ligament is, how it partially tears and how this tear results in a heel spur.
A plantar fascia ligament is the thick connective tissue that connects your heel bone to the base of your toes and supports the arch on the bottom of your foot.
Some doctors will tell you that a plantar fascia ligament can tear because of carrying around too much body weight. But the truth is that this simply doesn’t happen unless you are morbidly obese. A more realistic reason for this type of ligament tear is due to trauma (such as a sports injury).
But another reason – far more common than obesity or trauma – is having a foot that twists. In fact, more than 80% of the world population has feet that twist.
The sequence goes like this:
If you have feet that twist when you walk, this places a twist and stretch on the plantar fascia. In time, this twist and stretch can start tearing this ligament away from your heel bone (where it attaches).
Your body responds by initiating a reparative process called ‘inflammation’, and it starts producing a bony bridge between the torn ligament and heel bone. This bony bridge is called a heel spur.
Sometimes the heel spur isn’t painful. But if it’s pointing straight down, you will feel like you’re continually walking on a pebble. Ouch. And when your pain becomes unbearable, your podiatrist or orthopedist will usually recommend surgical removal of your heel spur. Ouch again.
If your heel spur was due to trauma (instead of twisting feet) the post op results will probably be excellent. But if the partial tear of the plantar fascia from the heel bone was due to foot twist, most likely the surgery will fail in the long run, as the problem will return.
How To Prevent A Torn Plantar Fascia Ligament And Resulting Heel Spur
As your grandmother might have told you – an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. In other words, it’s better to keep a bad thing from happening than it is to fix it once it has happened.
In this case, what this means is that it’s far better to correct your foot twist (which will prevent your plantar fascia from tearing) than it is to keep walking on twisting feet and the painful consequence of a heel spur.
For more information on foot twist, what causes it, and how it can be corrected without surgery, read Tracing Your Chronic Foot Pain Back To The Source.
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