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Tuesday, 01 November 2022 00:00

Treatment for Bone Spurs on the Feet

A bone spur, or osteophyte, is an extra growth onto a bone. Spurs can grow on several parts of the feet, including on top of the midfoot, on the back of the heel, or on the toe. Other bone spurs grow under the heel in conjunction with plantar fasciitis. Many people live with bone spurs and feel no pain. Surgical treatment is one way of permanently dealing with painful bone spurs. With a midfoot bump, the spur is removed from both sides of the joint involved. A surgical shoe will be needed for a few weeks after, but you can bear weight right after surgery. For a spur in the back of the heel, the spur will be removed and any damage to the Achilles tendon will be repaired. A cast and crutches will be needed for a few weeks to avoid putting weight on the foot. With a spur on the toe, a small incision will be made before the filing down of the spur with a type of rasp. The site will be bandaged and a surgical shoe may be provided, but weight bearing is OK. For help with painful bone spurs, it is wise to consult with a podiatrist for the right treatment options.


 

Foot Pain

Foot pain can be extremely painful and debilitating. If you have a foot pain, consult with Gary Cockrell, DPM from Tennessee. Our doctor will assess your condition and provide you with quality foot and ankle treatment.

Causes

Foot pain is a very broad condition that could be caused by one or more ailments. The most common include:

  • Bunions
  • Hammertoes
  • Plantar Fasciitis
  • Bone Spurs
  • Corns
  • Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Ingrown Toenails
  • Arthritis (such as Gout, Rheumatoid, and Osteoarthritis)
  • Flat Feet
  • Injury (from stress fractures, broken toe, foot, ankle, Achilles tendon ruptures, and sprains)
  • And more

Diagnosis

To figure out the cause of foot pain, podiatrists utilize several different methods. This can range from simple visual inspections and sensation tests to X-rays and MRI scans. Prior medical history, family medical history, and any recent physical traumatic events will all be taken into consideration for a proper diagnosis.

Treatment

Treatment depends upon the cause of the foot pain. Whether it is resting, staying off the foot, or having surgery; podiatrists have a number of treatment options available for foot pain.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our offices located in Brentwood and Madison, TN . We offer the newest diagnostic and treatment technologies for all your foot care needs.

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