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By Philip S. Pinsker, DPM PC
November 01, 2016
Category: Foot Conditions

The simple answer to the question is, maybe. A bone spur is a small outgrowth of bone that forms along the edge of a bone. Although they can form anywhere, bone spurs most often grow in joints or where muscles, ligaments or tendons attach to the bone. Bone spurs are usually caused by repetitive rubbing or stress on a bone for a period of time. The bone spurs develop in response to the irritation as a kind of protection.

Heel Spurs

At Philip S. Pinsker, DPM, we commonly see bone spurs on the heel, often in patients who have plantar fasciitis. In those cases, the bone spurs are sometimes referred to as heel spurs. The pulling of the plantar fascia at the place where it attaches to the heel bone causes inflammation and a calcification or spur to form.

Spurs are basically harmless. Problems occur, however, if there location causes pain or friction from other bones in the foot when you walk or if footwear presses against them. If you are experiencing pain in your heel or other part of your foot, the first step is to have our board certified foot and ankle surgeon, Dr. Philip S. Pinsker examine your feet. If the foot doctor does determine that you have a bone spur, there are several treatment options available:

  • Oral anti-inflammatory medications

  • Cortisone injections

  • Orthotics

  • Corrective shoes

  • Stretching exercises

In cases where none of these options bring relief or if the bone spur will interfere with other structures in the foot and cause damage or deformity, the podiatrist may recommend surgery.

Pain is a sign of a problem. Don’t delay in making an appointment at our Washington office by calling: (724) 225-7410, if you are currently experiencing new or additional pain in your heel or other part of your foot. Our goal is a prompt diagnosis and personalized treatment plan that will get you back on your feet and enjoying the active lifestyle to which you are accustomed.

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