Symptoms and Treatments for Bone & Heel Spurs
Bone spurs occur frequently in the feet. Bone spurs form most often in the heel area, close to the toes, and on the big toe joint. A spur is really just a small outgrowth of a bone. Bone spurs themselves are typically not harmful and usually not even painful. But the location of the spur may lead to friction or irritation when the patient wears footwear. That friction or irritation can lead to the development of other issues in the foot.
Heel spurs are just bone spurs located in the heel. The plantar fibrous band is attached to the heel bone, and spurs tend to develop when that band pulls at its attachment, which can cause calcification and the development of a spur.
You can help to prevent a heel spur by always warming up properly before exercising or playing sports. You want to be well stretched before you start exercise to reduce the strain that is placed on the ligament. Always wear the appropriate the appropriate athletic footwear to help reduce strain as well.
Treatments for bone spurs may include:
- Anti-inflammatory medications
- Cortisone injections
- Corrective shoes
- Orthotic devices
Surgery may be necessary in some more severe cases.
Remember to always consult with your doctor before taking any medications.If you are suffering bone spurs, you can set up an appointment with us at Neuhaus Foot and Ankle by contacting us at our toll-free number 888-713-0906. You can also request appointments online.