As many of you know, I had surgery to deal with my bone spur. I am at four months out. There has been little change since my three-month update. My "good" foot hurts almost daily and my "bad" foot doesn't hurt much but is still swollen. I am back to working out five to six days a week. I have again recently confirmed with my doctor that bone spurs are from a lack of calcium, not an abundance of it. So I decided to do a little more research (and by "research," I just mean I "Googled" it) to find out how bone spurs are formed.
|Ice and rest after over-doing it|
"A heel spur is a hook of bone that forms on the heel bone, an X-ray will show a point of bone protruding from the bottom of the foot at the point where the plantar fascia is attached to the heel bone. The heel spur itself is not thought to be the primary cause of pain, rather inflammation and irritation of the plantar fascia is thought to be the primary problem cause by the tearing of the micro ligamentous tissue from the heal bone. The heel spur then forms because the body is trying to heal itself and has calcium deficiency. After the heel spur is formed and stress is placed on the plantar fascia from walking the heel spur just adds to the irritation and inflammation."
More interesting information:
"Bone spurs are your body's cry for calcium and minerals. Ignore it – and you may become a prime candidate for osteoporosis, heart disease, cancer, arthritis, and more than 160 other degenerative diseases related to mineral deficiencies!"
Information about absorption of calcium (and I don't know how to adjust for gastric bypass patients, but I assume we absorb even less):
|The exercises and stretches help a lot|
So there you go. Bone spurs are most definitely caused by a lack of calcium, AND it appears that I may be at higher risk for osteoporosis. I get blood tests every year and I don't believe my labs have come back showing I was lacking in calcium, so I'm not sure if the test is flawed or if my body needs more calcium than the average person. That's a whole other issue I'm not prepared to deal with. I remember being told not to "worry" about osteoporosis because fat people don't get it....frail old white ladies get it (I believe I was told this by my previous (two doctors ago) tiny Asian lady doctor, who gave me bad medical advice on many, many occasions). Apparently all the weight my body bears just walking around on a daily basis is literally saving it from ever getting osteoporosis. I'm not really sure that's actually true, although perhaps it is somewhat more helpful than being tiny.
It does seem like the exercising I am doing is probably the best thing I can do for myself. Yoga, spin and pole appear to be great exercises for strengthening the body and the bones.
What old wives' tales were you told that you believed, just because you didn't know better? How did you find out it might be wrong?