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Bone Spur

When should you see a podiatrist for a bone spur?

An osteophyte, or bone spur, is hard bump that develops on normal bone typically around joints or the spine. Bone spurs of the feet are most likely to develop in the big toe or the heel. These spurs, which develop gradually, can cause pain or discomfort when walking or standing.

What causes bone spurs?

Bone spurs of the feet are more likely to develop in patients dealing with certain foot conditions including plantar fasciitis, tendinitis or arthritis. If you wear shoes that don’t fit properly you may be more likely to develop bone spurs, particularly in the heels.

What are the symptoms of a bone spur?

Some people have bone spurs but don’t even realize it; however, most people with bone spurs in the feet notice them. If you notice a hard, bony lump on the foot this most likely is due to a bone spur. You may also notice pain and discomfort when walking or running. Sometimes the spur can put pressure on nerves, bones, tendons or muscle, which can cause additional inflammation, pain or soft tissue tears. Visible bone spurs may also be more likely to develop a corn or callus due to friction with shoes and socks.

As people get older, they are more likely to develop bone spurs. Also, bone spurs are hereditary, so if you have family members with this problem you may be prone to this problem as well. If you notice a visible deformity or bony lump in your feet, or if you are experiencing any persistent pain or discomfort it’s important that you see a podiatrist to find out what’s going on.

How are bone spurs treated?

Since bone spurs can continue to grow, the goal of treatment is to prevent additional spurs from forming while preventing current bone spurs from getting larger. Bone spur treatment typically involves the use of certain stretching and strengthening exercises, physical therapy, custom orthotics and orthopedic or specialized shoes that provide enough cushioning and support to the feet.

If you are dealing with bone spurs or experiencing any kind of pain or discomfort in your feet, it’s important that you don’t just ignore the problem. The team at Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center in Winter Haven, Lakeland and Davenport, FL can provide you with the treatment you need. 

To learn more about how Central Florida Foot and Ankle Center, LLC can help you and your bone spur, call (863) 299-4551.

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