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Bone Spurs in the Foot

Conservative vs. Surgical Treatment

A bone spur is a “bump” or corner of bone that causes either direct or indirect pain. The spur can be from a joint or form inside of a tendon or ligament.


The most common bone spur is on the bottom of the heel.  But most complaints are from the bone spur on the top of the foot, outside of the foot, inside of the foot and toes respectively.


Pain ranges from dull to sharp depending upon the level of irritation and compression of the nerves being pressed between the spur and enclosed shoes.


Treatment for Bone Spur




Arch Support:

A larger, softer shoe can relieve the direct or indirect pressure. Make sure that the shoe has enough room at the end about the width of your thumb and that the toe box (front of the shoe) is high enough to allow your toes to move freely.


If a there is a corn or callus formation, reduction by either professional sharp debridement (shaving) or consistent filing will give temporary relief. Use caution with over the counter corn removal medication or pads. The medication is a type of acid that can cause an ulceration or infection if not used properly or in excess.


Temporary arch supports or custom molded orthotics can minimize the pressure on the spur or correct the foot position causing the pressure. These devices are good solution for long term treatment with or without surgical intervention.


Surgery for a bone spur depends upon the location and related condition (mentioned above). Procedures are performed in an outpatient facility under sedation or in the office with local anesthesia.


Post-operative recovery varies from a few days to a few weeks of partial weight bearing.

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Our doctors have extended specialist medical training focused on the foot, ankle and lower leg.   We are board-certified surgeons and experts in delivering care for complex foot and ankle disorders as well as cosmetic or reconstructive procedures and problems related to sports injuries and other medical conditions.

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